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 Arkansashttp://agfoodlawjobs.blogspot.com/.  

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN), https://www.wfan.org/

Southern SAWG http://www.ssawg.org/jobs

Farm Link Montana

The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Networkwww.wsffn.org. Write Clara Duff, Development Associate, WSFFN, cduff@wsffn.org, to subscribe to their listserv.

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

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

BackdoorJobs.com 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

Helpx.net “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

AgCareers.com is a good source for finding employment in a range of agricultural fields. 

AgGrad.com 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 onfarmjobsearch.com.

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.

PickingJobs.com 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

Agriseek.com 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


“Good Jobs, Green Jobs: A National Green Jobs Conference” to Take Place in Pittsburgh from March 13-14

Earlier this week a national coalition of more than 80 organizations announced an upcoming conference entitled "Good Jobs, Green Jobs: A National Green Jobs Conference."  This conference will take place on March 13-14 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is being coordinated by the Blue-Green Alliance, a partnership of the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club.

This event will provide a forum to share ideas and strategies for advancing a national green jobs movement — one that can address environmental issues and create robust economic opportunity.  There will be participation from a diverse range of sectors including labor, business, government, investment, the environment, public health, workforce development, and science & technology.  Conference speakers will include:

Conference panel sessions will cover topics including:

  • How Wind and Bio-fuels Are Rebuilding the Midwest
  • The Potential Growth of Biomass in Rural America 
  • Strategies for Rebuilding the Heartland with Clean Energy and Efficiency
  • Retooling Local Economic Development Planning: Commercializing Renewable Energy
  • The Reach of REACH
  • Creating Demand for Green Chemistry
  • From Brownfields to Green Cities: Creating Jobs While Cleaning Toxic Sites
  • Green Jobs Around the World
  • Renewable Energy Success Stories
  • Building Power; Bringing About Change
  • Green Jobs and the Domestic Auto Industry
  • The US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement: Can Climate Protection Drive Job Creation?
  • The Relevance of Trade
  • Public Sector Investment
  • Jobs and State Global Warming Regulation
  • Creating Jobs Through Energy Efficiency

For complete information on this event, including registration, please visit http://www.greenjobsconference.org.

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