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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 Officer
Are you tired of seeing companies get away with poor environmental performance and practices? Becoming an Environmental Officer can be the solution. Usually employed by a government body, environmental officers help to enforce environmental regulations within the public and private sector. By making sure that companies are managing their energy, waste and pollution in accordance with the law, environmental officers help to ensure public safety.
As an environmental officer, you will need to be familiar with related environmental laws and regulations. You will conduct rigourous site assessments and track sustainability trends and compliance records within a particular sector. You may also be asked to develop best practice guidelines and strategies that will help companies understand and comply with laws and regulations. Alternately, you may find yourself working in the private sector, helping to ensure that your company meets all applicable laws and regulations.

Understanding: energy efficiency and pollution prevention principles, environmental law, and broad knowledge of environmental issues.

Skills: problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, English (both official languages an asset), report writing, communication, attention to detail, analysis.

University degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or environmental engineering is necessary. Graduate degrees may be desired and provide additional earning potential. Relevant courses include English, biology, sociology, chemistry, and geography.

Relationships: You will be working with other members of government as well as sector councils and companies to develop compliance strategies.

Atmosphere: Your time will be split between being on site and in the office, travel to conferences or meetings may be required.

$50,000-$75,000 (depending on education and experience)
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

Environmental Impact Assessor
Environmental Impact Assessors review the feasibility of proposed development sites and evaluate the potential impacts on air, soil, water, and wildlife. They also evaluate the construction process itself, making sure that it conforms to regulations. More and more governments and investment agencies are making environmental site assessments mandatory for new development projects, so this field provides great opportunities to make a difference.
You will be responsible for gathering and analyzing data from sites, conducting inspections, identifying potentially adverse effects and recommending preventative measures, ensuring that the site conforms to environmental regulations, meeting with residents or government agencies, and possibly making policy recommendations.

Understanding: familiarity with air/soil/water contaminants, chemical processes, and applicable regulations.

Skills: analytical, attention to detail, communication, report writing, English, technical language, computers, research.

University degree in environmental science is a minimum requirement, though a master's degree is preferred. Useful courses include chemistry, biology, English, physics, sociology, political science, philosophy, mathematics, and geography.

Relationships: You may find yourself conducting meetings with local residents and businesses or in discussions with government offices. You will often work alone or as part of a small team and sometimes meet with other experts in the field.

Atmosphere: You will either be in an office or outdoors. Some travel may be necessary.

$50,000-$100,000 (depending on experience and education)

Environmental auditor, energy auditor, energy educator, social marketer, policy advocate, policy analyst

Environmental Consultant
PNNL
Environmental consultants are on the rise, as more businesses seek to implement environmentally-friendly practices in the workplace. Consultants are involved in a wide range of activities that address both the technical and behavioral aspects of "greening" a workplace, but essentially, their job is to interpret environmental regulations and help businesses stick to them. From implementing waste reduction programs to assessing the water quality in the area, environmental consultants play an important role in helping companies and organizations recognize their responsibilities to the environment. This is your chance to change the world, one company at a time!
Environmental consultants advise businesses and other organizations on how to create a more environmentally-friendly workplace. On the technical side of things, you may be performing energy audits and giving out advice on how to be more energy efficient. Alternately, you may be more involved in the scientific aspect of things, like conducting site assessments or surveying habitat loss. Other areas of responsibility can include helping businesses apply for permits, designing eco-friendly training practices for employees and ensuring that nearby ecosystems remain protected. Whatever your role, the goal is to establish a set of green policies that comply with the law and foster a culture of environmental responsibility in the workplace.

Understanding: broad knowledge of environmental policies and heath and safety regulations, with specific expertise in areas that include biology, waste and water management, pollution, energy efficiency, ecosystem and habitat assessment.

Skills: critical thinking, analysis, organization, communication, decision-making, attention to detail, report writing.

A university degree in Environmental Studies or related studies is required. Useful courses include chemistry, biology, physics, geography, mathematics, English and political science.

Relationships: You will constantly be working for new clients, but may also spend time working alone or with a small team.

Atmosphere: As a consultant, you may work from home or in a small office, with frequent trips on-site.

College diploma: $30,000-$35,000 University degree: $40,000-$60,000
Sustainable Architect (LEED AP)
Are you passionate about building design and committed to a more sustainable future? Sustainable architecture is the perfect marriage of these two exciting areas. As an architect, you have creative control over which technologies get included in building design. Want a green roof? Want solar heating? You can make it happen!
As a sustainable architect, you must have a firm grasp of building codes and regulations. You will design plans for new buildings and older building retrofits that incorporate LEED principles (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and develop the construction plans that will make them a reality. You may specialize in a particular type of building or phase of development.

Understanding: LEED and energy efficiency principles, efficient and sustainable resource use

Skills: design principles, attention to detail, communication, computers, English, report writing, research

A university degree in architecture is necessary, though additional qualifications may be necessary. Most sustainable architects are LEED APs (LEED Accredited Professionals) certified by the Green Building Certification Institute or through The Canada Green Building Council. You will also have to register with a provincial association in order to work as an architect. Useful courses include technological arts, mathematics, English, sociology, philosophy, art, physics, and chemistry.

Relationships: You will be working closely with a variety of professionals such as other architects and building contractors, government agencies, and consultants. You will also be communicating frequently with clients.

Atmosphere: Office work and on site assessments are a regular part of the job. You will also be making presentations to clients, which may require some travel.

$60,000-$100,000

Software Developer
Our world is getting increasingly tech-savvy, and green collar industries are no exception! The energy produced from solar installations, wind farms and geothermal plants all needs to be monitored, and someone has to design the software to make sense of all that data. Green software programs can help businesses monitor their renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas emissions, and overall energy use. With this “smart data,” companies can make better decisions on how to be more energy efficient. If you like working with computers, thrive on developing systems and want to be on the cutting edge of renewable energy IT, a career as a software developer would put you right in the thick of it!
Software developers are needed for all areas of energy management, including monitoring renewable energy sources, and tracking energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. You may also play a role in green products manufacturing, or introducing green online services. Working with engineers and researchers, you will be responsible for writing the computer codes that make up a software program or application, or updating the code for existing applications.

Understanding: energy efficiency and power transmission principles, energy management, computer programming languages and applications.

Skills: critical thinking, decision-making, analysis, and technical knowledge.

A university degree in Computer Science is necessary, and specialization in various computer programming languages and applications (eg. Linux, Java etc.) would also useful. Computer science, mathematics, industrial arts and technology, and business are all useful courses.

Relationships: You may be working as part of a small team and have regular meetings with engineers and researchers to assess their needs.

Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office.

$50,000-$80,000

Computer programmer, IT specialist, software engineer, energy manager, energy auditor, sustainability manager

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)
Industrial Design Engineer
Do you like building things? Does the challenge of designing smarter, more efficient, eco-friendly products appeal to you? An industrial design engineer with that kind of drive is needed to steer the future of the manufacturing industry in the right direction. This can mean anything from designing energy efficient light bulbs or biodegradable take-out containers, to inventing solar-powered laptops or robots! If innovation and a technical brain is what you’ve got, then this is the career for you!
You will be responsible for designing and developing products, which may include testing prototypes, coordinating the manufacturing process, managing a small team, and ensuring that your company complies with appropriate manufacturing standards. You may also be responsible for making sure the machines involved in the manufacturing process and the raw materials used to make the product are environmentally-friendly.

Understanding: life cycle analysis, air quality, pollution prevention, sustainable design, energy efficiency.

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

A university degree in Engineering is necessary. Additional qualifications are an asset. This position requires at least 5 years experience in engineering. Important courses include sciences, mathematics, English, technical arts, and computers.

Relationships: You will manage or work with a team and should be able to communicate your creative ideas effectively. You may also be interacting with suppliers and clients. Atmosphere: You will work indoors, splitting your time between the office and a lab or factory.

$80,000-$150,000

Geothermal Engineer
Geothermal energy is a rapidly expanding and increasingly popular technology for both residential and industrial applications. Geothermal technology takes advantage of the heat that naturally radiates below the earth's surface. Because the temperature underground is always constant, geothermal technology can be used for both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. As a geothermal engineer, you may be exploring new ways to harness and use this exciting technology, or determining the best design, methods and technology for individual installations.
As a geothermal engineer, you will work to develop geothermal technology and drilling techniques, monitor reservoirs and energy fields, use computer models, and diagnose and resolve problems.

Understanding: energy efficiency principles, thermodynamics, pollution reduction, climate change

Skills: problem solving, organization, critical thinking, innovation, report writing, technical knowledge, complex tools, computers, mathematics, English, communication, attention to detail, analysis

An engineering degree is necessary, though additional education is preferred. Training and certification is offered by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition. Useful cources include chemistry, geology, physics, mathematics, English, computers, and geography.

Relationships: Daily interaction with technicians and technologists, as well as other engineers, will be necessary. Some meetings with energy policy planners may occur.

Atmosphere: You will often be working out in the field, taking measurements and ensuring operations are running smoothly.

$70,000-$85,000
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

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)

Wind Turbine Technician
Wind turbine technicians can be found high up on platforms inspecting, cleaning, calibrating, repairing, and troubleshooting the various components of a turbine to ensure efficient operation. As this exciting field continues to expand and countries begin to include more and more renewable energy content in their energy mixes, technicians will be in increasingly high demand.
Attention to detail is key here. You will need to be comfortable working in a small team or on your own as you assess the components of wind turbines and write field reports. Your ability to read technical diagrams, schematics, and illustrations will be essential. Problem-solving and technical skills will be important for this position.

Understanding: wind energy technology, electrical engineering, energy efficiency principles.

Skills: report writing, mathematics, attention to detail, problem solving, communication, technical language, computer.

A college degree is important, and an engineering background would be useful. Courses that may be helpful include mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, technological design, machine/manufacturing technology, and English.

Relationships: You will likely work as part of a small team. You may also be communicating with clients or suppliers.

Atmosphere: You will mostly be working outdoors, on high platforms so you will have to get used to working at heights.

$18-$26/hour
Solar Service Technician
Do you like the challenge of working with new and emerging technology? How about a career in repairing and maintaining solar installations? A career that mixes hands-on work with technical expertise, solar service technicians are part of a progressive field that is growing at an incredible rate.
You will assist with the installation, maintenance, and repair of a solar installation. You must be a licensed or apprenticing electrician and should be familiar with different solar systems (photovoltaic, thermal), and the National Building Code of Canada. The job may require heavy lifting and use of ladders. You are also expected to be aware of applicable health and safety regulations to ensure a safe working environment.

Understanding: solar energy technology, electrical engineering, energy efficiency principles, health and safety regulations.

Skills: mathematics, computers, communication, technical language, problem solving, attention to detail.

You must be a licensed or apprenticing electrician to work as a solar technician. A college degree in Energy Systems Technology is also useful, although years of experience as a solar panel installer may be enough. Courses that may be helpful include mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, and English.

Relationships: You will likely work as part of a small team of installers and contractors. Your work will be supervised by a Master Electrician. You may also be communicating with clients or suppliers.

Atmosphere: You will mostly be working outdoors, on rooftops or ladders.

$20-$30/hour
Master Electrician
mathamgri
Master Electricians (ME) have always played a major role in building projects and power generation, but with the rise of the renewable energy industry, MEs have a chance to “green” their electrical expertise and capitalize on the growing demand for clean, green energy. As we transition out of fossil fuel-based energy sources, these tradesmen will be important players in helping to kickstart the new green economy.
Master Electricians manage all aspects of an electrical project, be it a residential solar PV installation, or getting a turbine up and running. Your work may include installing and connecting solar panels, connecting installations to inverters, testing electrical components and ensuring that the wind or solar installation is safely hooked up. You will also need to be able to read PV line drawings (technical diagrams indicating how the panels are hooked up) and blueprints. You will be supervising a small team of installers and solar technicians and will ultimately be responsible for ensuring that all electrical aspects of the job are safely connected, comply with Electrical Safety Authority and regulations and Local Distribution Company (LDC) requirements, and in good working order.

Understanding: solar and wind energy technology, electrical engineering, Ontario Electrical Safety Code, building code regulations, health and safety regulations.

Skills: mathematics, computers, communication, technical language, problem solving, attention to detail.

In order to qualify for a Master Electrician license, you must have 3 years of experience as an electrician, an engineer or an engineering technician. You must also pass a qualifying exam administered by the Electrical Safety Authority, who offers a preparatory training course.

Relationships: You will be overseeing a small team of installers and electrical contractors. You may also be communicating with engineers, clients or suppliers.

Atmosphere: Your work will include both indoor and outdoor work (which may include being on rooftops or ladders) and may involve some heavy lifting. You should also be comfortable dealing with electrical hazards, as you will face the risk of electrical shock.

$50,000-$70,000
Electrical Engineer
Jason Osmann
Your creativity, technical savvy and keen sense of innovation are put to the test in this rapidly growing career. These skills will help you design and install electrical equipment used for power generation or transmission. Electrical engineers are key players in both the wind and solar industry, and will be in great demand as those fields expand and evolve.
Your responsibilities may vary depending on whether you specialize in solar, wind or another field. Generally speaking, you will develop, install, test and maintain electrical connections, prepare plans for projects, and oversee project development. You may also be asked to conduct feasibility reports and field assessments.

Understanding: knowledge of energy generation and transmission principles, knowledge of renewable alternatives to traditional energy sources.

Skills: attention to detail, communication, project management, computers, technical understanding.

A university degree in Electrical Engineering is necessary, though a combination of additional education and experience is preferred. Mathematics, physics, chemistry, computers, data management, and earth sciences are all useful courses, most of which are mandatory.

Relationships: You may work with or oversee other engineers and/or technicians; you may be communicating with outside consultants and other professionals.

Atmosphere: Working both on-site and in an office environment, either for a private company or government.

$70,000-$85,000