Growth of Green Collar Jobs Highlighted by Oakland Tribune

Turning Blue Collars Green is an article in the April 20, 2008 issue of the Oakland Tribune that reports on the growth in green collar jobs.  The article examines the overall growth in green jobs and the opportunities that are available for workers across the economic spectrum.  It also includes specific example of green job growth in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Some solar installation firms, such as San Jose-based SunPower, which recently opened an office in Richmond’s historic Ford Building, say they already need more workers than they can easily find. SunPower officials expect to double their Richmond workforce of about 150 employees in the next year.

It’s the same story for SolarCity Inc. of Foster City, which manufactures and installs solar-energy systems. "We are planning on adding 200 workers in the next two years," said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of SolarCity. "The more we grow, the more we bring on jobs."

Borrego Solar Inc., whose northern California operations are based in Berkeley, also is growing rapidly. Its revenue doubled last year while its staff nearly doubled from 70 to 120 people.

"We expect to grow more than 100 percent again in 2008," said Chief Executive Mike Hall, adding that recruitment "is a big issue for us."

The article also discusses initiatives such as the Oakland Green Job Corps that are being developed to provide workers with training to help them obtain green jobs.

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Green Collar Jobs Highlighted by The New York Times

Millions of Jobs of a Different Color is an article in the March 26, 2008 issue of The New York Times that reports on issues surrounding the growth of green collar jobs.  The article examines a number of issues, including the evolving definition of the meaning of "green collar jobs."  An interview with Steven Greenhouse, the author of the article, is also available (click here for MP3 file).

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States’ Interest in Clean-Tech Sector Highlighted by The Christian Science Monitor

States Vie to Attract Clean-Tech Industries is an article in the April 11, 2008 issue of The Christian Science Monitor that highlights the increasing interest by states in the clean-tech industry.  As stated in the article:

The "clean tech" industry may not be big enough to stave off a recession this year, but states increasingly see such companies as economic drivers of the future – and are beginning to compete among themselves to attract them. So far, Massachusetts and California have taken the lead, but less obvious competitors, such as Iowa and Minnesota, are also vying for a share of the clean-tech market.

The article includes information on the the economic impact of the clean-tech sector (for example, in Massachusetts clean energy firms employ 14,500) and initiatives that states are undertaking to support the growth of the clean-tech sector.

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The following is a list of resources for Food + Agriculture jobs, compiled by Mark A. Kastel, The Cornucopia Institute. It is in the process of being edited by Green Collar Blog.

Ag & Food LLM program at the University of Arkansas  

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN),

Southern SAWG

Farm Link Montana

The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Write Clara Duff, Development Associate, WSFFN,, to subscribe to their listserv.

International Association of Culinary Professionals. Email to share opportunity with membership. Check out our newly launched website here: 

Sustainable Agriculture Listings (National)

ATTRA Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships List: This directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other. It is available for farms in the U.S and its territories (there are a few in Canada and the Caribbean as well). Anyone can browse the listings for free. As a subscriber, you can maintain a personalized listing to connect with internship seekers. The listed farms are primarily seeking interns/apprentices from North America has a “Sustainable Living and Farm Jobs Page” that lists employment, internship and volunteer opportunities throughout the country.

The Farm-Based Education Network lists food and farm jobs “is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.”

Local Harvest, though not a job search site, lists many small, local farms. If you’re looking for an internship, apprenticeship, or job in a particular area, you might want to look up farms this way and contact a farm of interest directly.

Orion Magazine lists jobs related to the environment, including some farming and agriculture-related jobs.

Sustainable Agriculture Jobs, Internships, and Apprenticeships is a facebook group formed to create an outlet for some of the sustainable agriculture-related opportunities frequently posted on the Tuft’s COMFOOD listserv. Includes

WWOOF-USA lists opportunities for “Visitors, or ‘WWOOFers.’” They “spend about half a day on a host farm, learn about the organic movement and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board – with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers. WWOOF is an educational and cultural exchange program. WWOOFing is a way to learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, and experience the heart of American agrarian culture.”

Stewards of Irreplaceable Lands (SOIL) is “Canada’s Sustainable Farm Apprenticeship Program.

Sustainable Agriculture Listings (Regional/Local)

North East Workers On Organic Farms (NEWOOF) is a regional farm apprenticeship placement service sponsored by the New England Small Farm Institute. NEWOOF annually publishes an annotated list of farms, primarily in the northeast, seeking apprentices.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) lists jobs on organic farms throughout the Northeastern U.S.; NOFA NY also has an Online Apprenticeship Directory

Cornell Cooperative Extension County Association Positions – lists jobs available through the Cooperative Extension Association by County.

Cornell University Jobs – Lists jobs available through Cornell University.

General Agriculture Listings is a good source for finding employment in a range of agricultural fields. is a new website that posts jobs and internships for aspiring agriculture professionals.

Agriculture Jobs allows you to search job boards, company career pages and associations for USA Agriculture jobs.

Agri-Management Group lists jobs submitted by employers; jobs are searchable

AgriSeek combines a worldwide news service with an interactive business directory and international online job market focusing on agriculture and related fields.

AgriSupport Online helps people looking for careers in agriculture. has information on seasonal jobs picking fruit and vegetables in the USA and internationally

The Science Societies Career Center lists jobs, and links to the American Society of AgronomyCrop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America webpages.

United States Department of Agriculture posts government jobs in agriculture.

International Job Listings and Opportunities has a listing of international agriculture jobs

BASF often has many international jobs listed.

CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) “is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.” Job vacancies are listed on their website. 

USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service “links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) provides opportunities to work on farms worldwide.

Ecological Farming Association lists posted jobs in agricultural and related fields