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Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection

September 13, 2023

Make a difference 

Humans can choose to have positive or negative impacts. We want you to have tools to make a positive impact. Finding the right work for many people means getting training and exposure to trying things out. This is your time to have the courage to find out what you enjoy and what you are best at!

Many young people  are taking initiative to make positive changes in their environments and lives. Showing up as a good example is how we can show others the way to take care of our land and resources so that we can enjoy them for generations to come. Traditional knowledge and science can be combined to grow the next generation of land and water protectors. Will you step up to being this next generation?   

What is a Green Job?

You do not have to be outdoors to work in the environmental field. Policy, digital support, lab work and communications are also a big part of how organizations operate! Check out this list of examples of possible jobs you can have in the environmental field: https://greenjobsnm.org/what-is-a-green-job/ 

Attaining these jobs often means getting an education first, but sometimes certifications and experience will get you just as far. Consider getting certified through OSHA in workplace safety, Wilderness First Aid, Chainsaw Safety, or Drone Operation. Create experience using mapping software, like ArcGIS and using public databases. Just like any job, a green job requires you to have hiring desirability. How do you make yourself a good candidate? Here are some tips:

Build a good Resume:

  • Focus on listing your traits and skills
  • Ask teachers, community members, or spiritual leaders if you can use them as a reference
  • List your past experience in detail- write about your job duties and what you gained
  • List other projects that you’ve been involved in, such as volunteer experience or special projects

Informational Interviews:

Jobs are not just about our interests, but also what kinds of workplaces and activities are a good fit. To help see what you would enjoy, consider setting up informational interviews with people in careers that may be of interest to you. This interview is to ask someone questions about their work and how they got there, and even what they like and don’t like about their chosen field. Most people are happy to talk to young people about this!