This article series will provide basic information to help answer a fundamental question — how can a job seeker locate green jobs?
First, a definition:
In the "Finding Green Jobs" series, "green jobs" will be defined as full-time, part-time, or internship opportunities that provide a social or environmental benefit. These jobs can be in the public, private, or non-profit sector and include jobs in areas such as energy efficiency, green building, natural resource management, recycling, and renewable energy. This definition also reflects a broad view of sustainability and includes areas such as fair trade and corporate social responsibility.
Part 1: Job Boards
One method to identify green jobs is to review a popular source of job postings – online job boards. In reviewing job boards, it may be helpful to think about them in two categories:
1.) General job boards
These are broad-based boards that cover many industries and sectors, and which will include green jobs. These include well-known sites including CareerBuilder, Craigslist, Indeed, Monster, Simply Hired, and Yahoo HotJobs.
2.) Green job boards
A variety of job boards focus on opportunities related to environmental or social responsibility. These include job boards such as Idealist.org, TreeHugger's Job Board, and greenjobsearch.org (from GJN). In addition, there are job boards that focus on a specific area within the green industry such as Jobs in Wind from the American Wind Energy Association.
Green Jobs Network was one of the first organizations to publish a comprehensive list of green job boards to assist job seekers. This list is in the process of being updated — look for a new version soon!