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Hot Green Web Sites.

TRYING TO FIND A JOB Can be hard enough, but what about socially and environmentally helpful work? Check out these Web sites for green job and career opportunities.

Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment Industry (CCHREI)

This fully bilingual Web site has extensive resources for career development as well as a list of paid and internship positions available across the country, including all ten provinces and the three territories. Most are technical positions (scientists and engineers) at energy, resource development and waste management companies, but employers do include law firms, provincial and federal government ministries, and first nations and non-governmental organizations. One of the most exciting aspects of the CCHREI site is its new job-matching function. Employers can create job descriptions and search resumes to find the most suitable candidates for their positions. Simultaneously, job seekers can use their "EnviroResume" to filter job postings.

Charity Village

Charity Village is the self-proclaimed "supersite for the nonprofit sector" in Canada. Positions are regularly posted for people in communications, fundraising, web development and project management. All the big charity organizations (United Way, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society) post positions here, but smaller organizations in environment and development (such as the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and the Association for Women's Rights in Development) appear as well. Be warned that Toronto and Vancouver dominate the listings and only one in about 20 have environmental relevance. Additional services include a career assessment questionnaire, job search help and email alerts.


For paid work, volunteering and apprenticeships in Ontario, check out GoodWork, an email and Web-based employment notice board produced by People- & Planet-Friendly Events. Gardening and organic agriculture dominate the listings but energy, wildlife conservation and environmental education are also represented. Volunteer and entry-level positions are most common.

Sustainable Business

The Sustainable Business Web site (click on "Green Dream Jobs") is suited to those more established in their careers. Organizations such as the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the United Nations University post openings here and many are for research, policy or project management work. Most positions are based in the US, but Canadian and UK opportunities also appear. A wide range of career areas is covered, from natural resource management, engineering and design to communications, policy research and information technology.

Environmental Jobs and Careers

While the search functions on this site are not very refined, you will find directories of environmental organizations and government employment opportunities. Most are in the US but there are some listings for Canadian companies, non-profits and provincial and federal government ministries as well.

Gateway to International Development and Environment Jobs

Run by a team of volunteers based in developed and developing countries, this site provides job listings that include opportunities at UN agencies (UNICEF, UNDP), international aid agencies (Save the Children, Oxfam), global human rights and environmental groups (Human Rights Watch, World Wide Fund for Nature). While the information is slightly scattered and not well categorized, you can subscribe to receive postings by email. There is a fee for receiving the complete set of postings.

Kelly Loverock is in the Masters of Arts in Journalism Program at the University of Western Ontario, London.
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Author:Loverock, Kelly
Publication:Alternatives Journal
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Date:Mar 22, 2003
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