Who Hires Environmental Specialists

Jobs in environmental protection can be found in both government and private organizations—many of which are not specifically environmentally oriented—as well as in industry.

Here is a brief list of places to look for jobs in environmental protection. Most agencies have their own Web site with current job listings.

In the public sector:

• Federal government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Forestry Department

• Local government, such as state and community agencies including the state Departments of Natural Resources

• Universities

A professor's challenge to do something about "those hippie students hanging out in Harvard Yard, making noise about the environment but doing nothing about it" led to the creation of a nonprofit organization that by 2002 had placed more than 7,500 college students in environmental internships. The Environmental Intern Program, founded in 1972 with a $3,000 gift, placed eleven interns in its first year. By 2001, now called the Environmental Careers Organization, the budget was some $15 million and ECO placed more than 750 interns at 124 sites in thirty states and three U.S. territories. For info and to apply, go to http://www.eco.org.

In the private sector:

• The environmental industry (businesses that produce products and services designed to protect the environment)

• Regulated companies

• Financial and insurance industries

• Environmental consulting firms

• Nonprofit organizations (there are hundreds to choose from, including the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, and the National Audubon Society)

• Lobbyist organizations.

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