If you have a passion for environmental issues, here are some tips for getting a green job:
Assess your skills. What are you good at? What do you have training in? Sustainability is beginning to permeate every industry, meaning that you might not have to shift gears so drastically to get the job you want. If you work in fundraising, perhaps you can apply your expertise to an environmental organization, for example. Working in the building trades? Get LEED certified or trained to install solar panels or conduct energy retrofits.
Surf the job search sites. There are lots of great websites devoted solely to green job opportunities such as Idealist.org. Most large private, government and nonprofit organizations also let you sign up for job alerts when new positions are posted through RSS feeds or email.
Go social. Social media can be a great way to follow news about the green economy and find job opportunities. For example, if you’re on Twitter, you can follow @greenerjobs for job alerts!
Network. That said, face-to-face connections are usually much more effective than electronic communication. Set up informational interviews with people in the field you’d like to work in and get a sense of the job market and skills required. Visit conferences that draw together professionals in your industry and start schmoozing!
Do a green retrofit on your existing job. If you don’t find it feasible to jump ship in a tough economy, virtually any employee can push for sustainable changes in their existing organizations. Try joining or starting a green team to share ideas with colleagues and build solutions at your company.