10 ways to kickstart your green career
Throughout my degree I sought out resources, volunteered on and off campus, did the co-op program and learned as much as I could about working in an environmental field.
Below are the top resources I found and continue to use today to learn, network, volunteer and find job opportunities.
This will be one of my last posts on MyUVicLife! I had my convocation ceremony in June 2015 and as a new graduate I am venturing out into the world to pursue a career in the environment.
Let’s stay in touch! Follow me on Twitter at @MirandaMaslany where I post tweet articles, resources, and events on environmental topics.
1. Check out UVic Co-op and Career services: This office is a great resource for students and alumni looking to explore career options. The staff are welcoming and always happy to chat. The Career office offers online resources, drop-in support, mock interviews, resume & cover letter support. UVic’s Co-operative Education program is a great way to gain paid work experience during your degree.
2. Hear from UVic alumni in green careers (8 short videos): For my third co-op term I worked for UVic’s Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability and got to produce a series of videos featuring UVic alumni who are in green careers today. I recommend watching this video first.
3. Volunteer on campus: There are many groups to get involved with on a variety of topics. A few include the UVic Sustainability Project, Urban Development Club, Divest UVic, the UVic Community Gardens and the UVic Ecological Restoration Volunteer Network. Visit my post Let’s Get Inspired for #EarthDay2015 for a video on why students volunteer at UVic!
Victoria Networking Events
(See my post How do I network? for networking tips.)
4. Attend The Resilient Region Exchange – Greater Victoria Breakfast Series: Get free coffee & breakfast and meet sustainability leaders from government, business, public sector, and non-profits. This is a great event for students and new grads to learn more about initiatives happening in the community, learn about opportunities and make professional connections.
5. Attend Green Drinks Victoria: Green Drinks is a global networking event for anyone interested in connecting with others interested in environmental issues.
Organizations in Victoria
6. Find local organizations: I’ve compiled a list of organizations within Victoria doing environmental work in areas such as restoration, advocacy, education, non profit, policy, government and business. Check out their websites for job postings, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.
- Capital Regional District
- Centre for Integral Economics
- Community Energy Association
- Community Markets in Victoria
- Community Social Planning Council
- Community Tool Shed
- Creatively United
- Dogwood Initiative
- F.E.R.: Friends of Ecological Reserves Society
- Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society
- Habitat Acquisition Trust
- Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society
- Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
- Land Conservancy of British Columbia
- Life Cycles
- Nature Conservancy Of Canada
- Network Environments for Aboriginal Research BC
- OUR Ecovillage
- Parks Canada
- Parks Canada: Fort Rodd Hill
- Rocky Point Bird Observatory
- Sierra Club Of British Columbia
- Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
- Synergy Enterprises
- The Victoria Foundation
- Victoria Compost & Conservation Education Society
- Victoria Green Team
- VIGBC: Vancouver Island Green Business Certification Program
- World Fisheries Trust
Job Posting Sites
8. Visit Idealist for international job and volunteer opportunities.
9. Leading Change Canada: I attended this one-day conference for students and young professionals focused on environmental sustainability in Vancouver in 2014. They may also award tickets to GLOBE to a select number of students that display a high level of commitment and leadership in environmental sustainability.
10. IMPACT! The Cooperators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership: This is a 3-day conference held every 3 years to bring together young leaders working towards positive environmental change. Check out this page for a summary of the 2014 conference and you’ll see a photo of me (turquoise sweater) staring at the largest Jenga set you’ve ever seen!! I had a really amazing time at this conference and highly recommend it.
I’d love to hear what resources you have discovered; feel free to share them below. Thinking about your next steps, or looking for more ideas? Leave a comment below and I’d be happy to reply & help out!