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Social Marketer
You work in the advertising field, but you don't care about selling products. Rather, you sell ideas and influence positive behaviours. You see a world that values commodities and consumption, but imagine a world where people value the environment and seek to tread lightly on the earth. By pursuing a career in social marketing, you can feel good about what you do. You can wake up each morning and know that you are actively participating in producing social change, while working in a creative field that you love. This career can take you into many different environments. You may find yourself working for the government trying to improve its relationship with citizens, you may be with a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a specific agenda/goal to promote, or with a private company seeking a greater social change.
Using marketing skills, a social marketer aims to change behaviour rather than promote a product. For example, you may create print advertisements on the benefits of cycling, radio spots on energy conservation, and television ads about recycling. Building long term relationships and keeping your audience engaged will improve your opportunities for success

Understanding: environmental sciences, ethics and psychology, socio-economic conditions, social needs of the public

Skills: communication, creativity, innovation, adaptability, trend recognition, time-management, critical thinking, research, organization

University degree in sociology, political science, marketing, or related field is necessary. Relevant courses include sociology, ethics, psychology, political science, marketing, human resources, environmental studies, English, sciences.

Relationships: You will likely work in a small organization, dealing with different clients and partner organizations.

Atmosphere: You will generally be working in an office, though some travel may be required.

$30,000-$50,000
Event Planner
Are you good at planning? Do you like taking control of events to make sure everything runs smoothly? Do you want to actively participate in creating a sustainable future? Many different types of organizations need event planners and environmental institutions are no exception. You may find yourself planning an eco-awareness fair for a green NGO, or helping the government promote a new environmental regulation through a big media event. Whatever the case, your organization skills and great ideas are sure to make a big green splash!
This position requires you to plan festivals, conferences, parties or media events for any number of different organizations. You will need to be highly organized and comfortable doing many things at once, as you will be managing all aspects of an event. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate venue for the event, managing a team of staff and volunteers, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. You will also be expected to “green” your event, which could mean hiring organic and local caterers, using electronic promotion to reduce paper use, and buying reusable event materials.

Understanding: resource reduction, energy efficiency.

Skills: creativity, innovation, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, organization, English (being bilingual is an asset), team management, research, communication, attention to detail.

College or university degree in communications, public relations, marketing, business, or related field is an asset, but experience may be enough. Useful courses include mathematics, English, geography, sociology, philosophy, and political science.

Relationships: As you will be managing all aspect of the event, you should be prepared to work with a diverse range of people. You may be managing a small team or working independently, depending on the size and nature of the event. You must have excellent people skills as this position is almost entirely interactive. Atmosphere: You may be working indoors or outdoors depending on the nature of the event, and you will likely spend time in an office in the planning stages.

$35,000-$45,000
Environmental Educator
Generally working outdoors and/or in a theatre or classroom-style setting, your goal is to educate groups about energy conservation, ecology, and sustainability. Whether presenting to school groups or on guided tours, your main goal is helping people learn about environmental issues in a fun and interactive manner, often with a strong hands-on component. You may be working from one site or travelling to multiple locations/classrooms.
Your job is to educate groups about renewable energy sources, ecology, sustainability, and other environmental issues. You may also be involved in designing workshops, lectures and environmental curriculum. At times, media relations may be necessary.

Understanding: alternative energy sources, conservation, climate change issues, sustainability, ecology.

Skills: public speaking, leadership, creativity, innovation, communication, organization, adaptability.

University education/teacher training is recommended, though experience may be sufficient. Depending on the position, experience with youth may be an asset. Useful courses include sciences, English, environmental studies, sciences, sociology, geography, and political science.

Relationships: You will have frequent interactions with other staff/volunteers and the general public (all age groups). At times, you may be required to work alone or in a team.

Atmosphere: You may find yourself in a classroom, at a national or provincial park, or at an outdoor field centre. As some activities will be outdoors, you must be able to work in a variety of different conditions.

$20,000-$40,000, depending on education background

Environmental Campaigner
Concerned about the environment? Want to inspire minds and make a difference? Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and charities often require passionate and creative thinkers to raise awareness and educate the public on specific environmental issues. These people, called campaigners, can play a crucial role in changing public attitudes and encouraging people to take action.
Working on public outreach projects, coordinating media and awareness events, preparing promotional materials and budgetary planning are all required of a campaigner (to varying degrees depending on the organization and the scope of the initiative). You may be working on various aspects of a project at the same time, so multitasking is important.

Understanding: variety of environmental issues as determined by organization, familiarity with environmental public policy.

Skills: public speaking, decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, report writing, communication, attention to detail, analysis, project management.

University degree in related field an asset, though combination of education and experience may be sufficient. Useful courses include English, sciences, sociology, psychology, political science, philosophy, geography, and anthropology.

Relationships: As you will be interacting with a variety of people, you must be adaptable to each situation. You may be presenting to government officials, other NGOs, businesses, citizens, or other members of your organization. You may also be responsible for a team of volunteers or other co-workers.

Atmosphere: Time will likely be split between office work and travel to different communities or conferences.

$35,000-$50,000

Community Animator
As an outgoing person, you have the drive to inform as many people as you can about sustainable energy practices and technology. You enjoy speaking to different kinds of people in a variety of positions. You are dynamic, eager, and a champion for change. Being part of a community that cares is very important to you and you get pleasure from knowing that you have participated in implementing projects that can make a difference.
You will be responsible for bringing people together and facilitating their efforts to make significant environmental change in their community. This can include helping residents set up renewable energy projects, offering information and resources, offering expertise and guidance on environmental regulations, and helping communities connect to the right people to get them started on their green initiative.

Understanding: broad awareness of alternative energy sources and applicability in an urban community setting, understanding of municipal policy, and familiarity with the political and social challenges of a particular community

Skills: networking, communication, public speaking, outreach, research, report-writing, creativity, leadership, strategic planning, and community planning; additional languages would be an asset

College or post-secondary education in one or more of the following: sociology, political science, public relations, environmental studies, geography, urban planning. Useful courses include English, sciences, sociology, political science, geography, and philosophy.

Relationships: You will primarily be working with members of a community. You will be responsible for establishing and facilitating connections between various groups and may be working independently at times.

Atmosphere: Your work will be split between working within the community and time in the office. You will likely be employed by a charitable or non-governmental organization (NGO).

$30,000-$60,000

Communications Officer
Communications Officers are employed in many different sectors. They can be found in large and small businesses, governments, or non-governmental/non-profit organizations. As a Communications Officer, you will be raising a company or organization's profile in the media, either with regard to a particular environmental issue or by presenting a broader environmental message. If you love speaking to people, relaying ideas, and making people understand new approaches and outlooks, communications may be for you.
Your responsibilities will vary depending on what type of organization you work for. You could be promoting environmental aspects of the business, or engaging the public to act on a particular issue. Regardless, you will likely work with various media channels to get your message across. Your duties may include preparing promotional material,organizing events, and coordinating public outreach campaigns.

Your responsibilities will vary depending on what type of organization you work for. You could be promoting environmental aspects of the business, or engaging the public to act on a particular issue. Regardless, you will likely work with various media channels to get your message across. Your duties may include preparing promotional material, organizing events, and coordinating public outreach campaigns.

Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, marketing, environmental studies, or business. A master's degree increases opportunities. Recommended courses include English, sciences, environmental studies, political science, sociology, and philosophy.

Relationships: You may be reporting to a manager, supervising a small team, and/or providing support to other departments and partners. The position will likely require networking with different media partners and other key supporters.

Atmosphere: You will work primarily in an office, though some travel may be necessary. Communications Officers are often employed by governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, private and public organizations.

1-4 years experience: $40,000-$55,000 5-9 years experience: $40,000-$65,000 10-19 years experience: $45,000-$75,000 20+ years experience: $50,000+
Green Business Development Manager
Mike Brigham
These days, a career in Business doesn’t have to mean working in a corporate office or as part of a financial institution. Indeed, behind every successful solar company, wind development firm, or innovative eco company is a business-savvy wheeler and dealer soliciting investors and making the big decisions! As going green continues to bring in big economic opportunity, more business-minded people will be needed to drive the industry forward.
As a Business Development Manager, you will be responsible for soliciting investors and developing business strategies to help your company expand. Depending on the size of your company, you may be making presentations to clients and potential investors, managing a sales team or working to develop key partnerships and business leads.

Understanding: knowledge of different renewable energy types and energy markets, knowledge of applicable green energy regulations (eg. the Feed-in-Tariff program)

Skills: communication, decision making, sales, project management, business

A college or university degree is necessary, though a combination of education and experience may be enough. Useful courses include business, marketing, economics, geography, physics, and environmental science.

Relationships: You will likely be working closely with clients, investors, and senior members of your company. You may also be managing a sales team and working with other business partners and consultants.

Atmosphere: You will spend most of your time in an office environment but may be required to travel for meetings or presentations.

$70,000-$95,000
Environmental Economist
Some say you can’t put a price on the environment, but that’s exactly what environmental economists do. While traditional economics focuses solely on profits and financial gains, environmental economics aims to revolutionize our economic system by placing a value on the things that typically don't end up on the corporate bottom line. Some of these new considerations include energy consumption, environmental effects, and social outcomes. Environmental economists consider the hidden cost of production and development, revealing the true gains and losses of all our actions. Examples include: the implication of lost ecosystems, the true cost of disposable items from production to disposal, and the amount of energy and resources it takes to build a home.
You may be required to make recommendations about economic policy instruments (like carbon taxes or trading systems); research local, national, and international markets; perform environmental evaluations, or develop new economic models.

Understanding: broad knowledge of environmental processes and economic principles, including life cycle analysis.

Skills: mathematics, research, analysis, communication, decision-making, organization, critical thinking.

University degrees in business, economics, or resource management are generally the minimum requirement. Courses in mathematics, calculus, economics, sociology, philosophy, and political science are all useful for this career.

Relationships: Working with government officials, other economists, or corporate officers, you will be conducting analyses, assessing costs, and making recommendations on a variety of environmental issues.

Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office, though some travel may be required for meetings. Opportunities may present themselves to also teach the skills and methods you have learned in a university setting.

$50,000-$70,000

Policy Advocate/Environmental Lobbyist
Greenpeace
In a competitive and challenging world where environmental messages don't always get the attention they deserve, you help bring green issues to the forefront. You represent concerned groups who seek to influence legislators on new and existing regulations and laws. Your job is not only to present environmental problems, but also to suggest and advocate for the most effective solutions. This is an exciting and competitive field with potential for national impacts. If you're a natural networker and love to talk, argue and negotiate, this career may be a great fit!
Your main responsibility is to present the right issues to the right people, so developing a network and gaining access to influential policy makers will be key. Much of the work will involve holding high-level meetings and advocating for positive environmental change in current policy. In addition, your work may include creating public awareness using innovative marketing and media strategies, and using public forums and events to engage the public in a particular cause.

Understanding: variety of environmental policies and trends, socio-economics

Skills: communication, persistence, negotiation, writing, interpersonal

A university degree is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in law or public policy is an asset. More importantly, most employers will want extensive experience in the green industry, including an established network and a thorough understanding of the environmental policies and politics at play. Courses in political science, law, sociology, economics, and environmental science are very useful.

Relationships: You will be working with government officials, other policy advocates, special interest groups, non-governmental organizations, media.

Atmosphere: Often in an office, though national travel will likely be necessary.

$35,000-$80,000
Automotive Engineer
Suma
You love cars but not the pollution they generate. Be part of the solution! Design automotive components and systems that will combat pollution, conserve fuel, or use alternative fuelling methods. As environmental regulations about emissions become more stringent, more engineers will be required to make innovative and efficient vehicles.
An automotive engineer's duties can include designing and developing transmission and engine systems, developing prototypes and testing vehicles, and producing innovative fuel systems (including hybrid and electric models).

Understanding: fuel economy and emissions, transmission and engine systems, vehicle dynamics.

Skills: problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, report writing, computers, analysis, mechanical and electrical engineering.

A university degree in Engineering (electrical, automotive, or mechanical) is required. Useful courses include mathematics, sciences, computers, automotive technology, and English.

Relationships: As part of a team, you will be reporting to a supervisor and communicating with other engineers and researchers. As you advance, you may make presentations to potential clients, become a supervisor yourself, or manage the design of an entire project.

Atmosphere: You may be working in a laboratory, out in the field, or in a manufacturing plant.

$70,000-$90,000 (may increase with experience)

Lighting Specialist
Anthony Lee
Do you want to see a change in how people use energy? Want to be the "light" at the of the tunnel? Then this career is the perfect one for you. You can actively reduce energy use and pollution by designing and maintaining lighting projects in a variety of buildings and outdoors areas. The province of Ontario will ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs by 2012, a move that will save 6 million Mwh of energy every year! As we phase out energy inefficient light bulbs, new lighting solutions will have to be designed and implemented- are you up for the challenge?
You will be responsible for identifying areas where energy is being misused or wasted, recognizing energy-saving options and implementing technology that increases energy efficiency. You will assess the lighting needs of different spaces, identify the most efficient lighting solutions and encourage energy-efficient behaviour.

Understanding: LEED and green building principles, energy efficiency.

Skills: mathematics, attention to detail, communication, attention to detail, electrical design principles, computers.

University degree in electrical engineering preferred. Electrician apprenticeships may offer essential hands-on skills. Courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry are all useful.

Relationships: You may be working independently or as part of a small team.

Atmosphere: Work may be indoors or outdoors depending on the project.

$50,000-$90,000
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