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Community Investment Manager
Do you wish the corporate world would lend a hand to support the community it serves? Community Investment Managers do just that. Working for large corporations, small businesses, charities, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions, Community Investment Managers help to fund projects that give back to the community. If you’re good with money, have great organization skills and love helping people, this could be the job for you!
Your duties will include allocating resources (loans, grants, gifts-in-kind donations, etc.), facilitating programs, managing staff and volunteers, and communicating with non-profit groups and community members. You will be responsible for presenting your organization’s vision to the media and may also be required to organize events and other activities to promote your company’s involvement in the community.

Understanding: community needs, health and social wellness issues, various environmental issues

Skills: problem solving, decision-making, organization, project management, research, report writing, communication, attention to detail

University degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business, or related field is necessary. Additional education or qualifications are an asset. Useful courses include English, mathematics, sociology, political science, philosophy, geography, and sciences.

Relationships: Working with a variety of stakeholders, you will communicate the ideas and goals of the organization. You may manage a team or work independently.

Atmosphere: Working largely in an office environment, though some travel may be required.

$30,000-$50,000
Environmental Policy Analyst
IESO
Designing new policy to protect the environment is what this dynamic and challenging career is all about. You are responsible for researching how people feel about the environment, what they want to see government do about it, and determining the best course of action. Policy affects many people, so finding a balance can be difficult, but also very rewarding.
You will work mostly with numbers, statistics and other forms of data to analyze trends in social thought and environmental concerns, and suggest or advocate for possible policy solutions. If you work for a government official, you may be responsible for crunching the data and writing brief reports for her or him to present to a committee. Policy Analysts compile all the research and data that make change in policy possible.

Understanding: broad understanding of environmental issues, though specializing in one area may be beneficial

Skills: communication, critical thinking, research, writing, and statistical analysis

A university degree is the minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in economics, law or public policy is an asset. Courses in sociology, political science, mathematics, economics, writing, and international relations are useful.

Relationships: You will be required to develop many different types of relationships, with government officials, businesses, NGOs, and members of the public, among others.

Atmosphere: You may find yourself working at any level of government, for a private company, or a non-governmental organization.

$50,000-$90,000
Environmental Lawyer
Kevin Lam
A passion for the environment and a strong sense of justice drives you. Environmental law is a new and challenging area where fresh ideas and determination really pay off. As an Environmental Lawyer, you may work with environmental disputes between parties, criminal cases, or perhaps in negotiating contracts and land claims for renewable energy developments.
Environmental lawyers are responsible for upholding and protecting the environmental laws of the country. This can mean representing an NGO (non-governmental organization), working independently with individuals and groups impacted by pollution, being part of a larger legal firm, or working for the government. Environmental legislation in Canada is complex, and varies from province to province, so staying up-to-date on your particular area of expertise will be key. As stricter laws are passed, corporations and private businesses will also need legal expertise to ensure that they comply with the latest environmental regulations. Environmental lawyers are sometimes also called upon to help develop new policies.

Understanding: broad understanding of environmental laws and issues, though specialization in a specific area is beneficial.

Skills: problem solving, public speaking, critical thinking, organization, research, negotiation, report writing.

A graduate law degree (called a J.D., or juris doctorate) is necessary to practice law, which requires articling with a law firm and successful completion of the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) following university education. Attending seminars and conferences can provide additional education. Useful courses include political science, sociology, philosophy, environment, business, psychology, and English.

Relationships: Connections will be made with a number of other lawyers, government agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and businesses.

Atmosphere: Work will be in an office, in a courtroom, in a boardroom negotiating settlements, in the field interviewing witnesses, and visiting sites. Lawyers are often required to work very long hours.

Varies with education and experience; $60,000-$150,000+

Policy advocate, policy analyst, policy maker, green business adviser/consultant

Renewable Energy Researcher
Sandia Labs
Innovation is the name of the game! You spend your time in a lab and in the field taking measurements, making calculations, and analyzing data. As this field is changing every day, you must keep on top of the latest innovations, which can sometimes be challenging. With a dedication to sustainable energy sources, you may find yourself working on improving technologies for wind turbines, solar panels, hydroelectricity generators, geothermal plants or biomass facilities. As we seek to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, renewable energy researchers will be a critical component of a clean and green future.
Your work will largely involve researching and experimenting with different types of renewable energy. You will also have to learn about generators, and may be involved in building and designing new models. Other duties may include conducting environmental impact assessments and writing detailed reports on your research.

Understanding: energy efficiency and thermodynamics principles, climate change, mechanical or electrical engineering.

Skills: innovation, report writing, technical knowledge, computers, mathematics, English, communication, attention to detail, analysis.

University degree required in engineering, biotechnology, chemistry, or geology. Mathematics, English, physics, chemistry, biology, computers, and geology are all useful courses.

Relationships: Working as part of a team, you will be in communication with other researchers, interested stakeholders, clients, and colleagues.

Atmosphere: You may find yourself in a lab, in an office, or in the field. Your employer may be the government, a private company, or a university.

$50,000-$100,000 (depending on education and experience)
LEED Consultant
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally-recognized green building certification that measures efficiency in green design and construction. LEED recognizes achievements in areas such as water efficiency, energy efficiency and sustainable building materials. Some LEED consultants work alongside sustainable architects, others are hired by homeowners or organizations to ensure that the architects and contractors are making good on their green promises. As organizations and homeowners continue to demand more environmentally responsible building choices and smarter designs, LEED consultants will become more and more in demand.
LEED consultants advise on all aspects of a building’s LEED certification process. You will make recommendations and assist with the design and implementation of LEED principles. At times, you may make presentations on LEED certification or perform a LEED rating analysis on a building. You will also be responsible for preparing the necessary paperwork for certification.

Understanding: energy efficiency and design principles.

Skills: problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, organization, English, research, report writing, communication, analysis, and attention to detail.

University degrees in architecture, engineering, or construction sciences are desirable, but experience in construction or trades is highly recommended. LEED accreditation through the Canada Green Building Council is highly recommended.

Relationships: You will be interacting with a variety of people such as contractors, construction managers, building inspectors, architects, and industry professionals.

Atmosphere: Travel between an office, construction site, permit offices, and various other agencies will be required.

$85,000 on average
Biofuel / Bioenergy Researcher
Sandia Labs
Do you love science, but hate how fossil-based fuels pollute the environment? Biofuel and bioenergy researchers and engineers challenge existing energy beliefs and develop progressive ideas that can be part of the solution to climate change.
You will conduct extensive research on biofuel or bioenergy, conduct experiments, publish studies, analyze data and make recommendations to improve existing technology.

Understanding: Research, communication, technical language, computer, report writing, attention to detail, mathematics.

Skills: Climate change, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, biological and chemical processes.

A master's degree or Ph.D. in engineering (chemical, biological, biochemical), chemistry, biology, or related field. Useful courses include biology, chemistry, physics, English, geology, and mathematics.

Relationships: You will work mainly with other scientists, engineers, educators, and professionals.

Atmosphere: You will likely spend most of your time in a lab, though at times you may be presenting your findings at conferences or universities. You may find yourself working for private agencies, governments, engineering firms, or universities.

$80,000