Green Jobs

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WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms or Willing Workers of Organic Farms. The site connects farmers looking to host with would-be apprentices looking to gain hands-on experience on organic farms. In exchange for about four to six hours of work per day, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodations and opportunities to learn.

Study: Green economy lost fewer jobs in the recession 9/14.

How to get a green job in 2014.

Green majors have lowest unemployment: 7. Agricultural Economics—1.3 percent 9.Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology—1.6 percent. 10. Environmental Engineering 2.2 percent unemployed. 11/11

15 Greenest Companies 10/11.

Get an education, not a GPA21st-century-skills: collaboration, knowledge construction, skilled communication, global awareness, self-regulation, real-world problem-solving, and technology used in learning. green economy.


New Green Jobs Guide by Environmental Defense Fund (free download).

Not green, but outlook for all jobs interactive.

Treehugger job board (by country) has jobs and internships.

Earth Island Institute job postings. Also awards and scholarships

Environmental law is specialty of Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE), see video archive of speaker series

Best of the Web - Employment is a helpful resource for researching green jobs on the Internet.

Grist listings for jobs and internships, also job search tips

UC Berzerkeley Searchable Site

Environmental Careers Organization (searchable database of green jobs) science jobs (searchable)'s green jobs (searchable)

Switzer Foundation lists jobs, many local. is about social entrepreneurship, has job listings.

Skoll Social Entrepreneur job listings

Green Careers


Sustainable Business .com

Google Search

UCSC Career Center

General UCSC How to Find Jobs and Internship Resources

LinkedIn Career Explorer (co founded by College 8 Fellow Reid Hoffman) has launched a new feature this week that helps students “visualize potential career paths based on their field of study, search for relevant job opportunities, find and follow target companies matching their career aspirations, and discover and connect with people who themselves are connected to these potential career paths, companies, and key influencers.” video overview Link


How to Get your Dream Green Job Commonwealth Club panel 1/09


Practical majors (some green) 9/11

How to get in on the clean tech revolution even if you don't have a technical background.

Green Jobs article


Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties We need someone to write a review of this book.

Work Your Way Around the World, not necessarily green jobs. 2012.

Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors - by Julie DeGalan link

The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World by The Environmental Careers Organization (searchable database of green jobs) Excerpt taken from “A Conversationwith Eileen Claussen” in free download from Island Press.


(see also Volunteer Opportunities)

UCSC Career Center Intern Staff

UCSC Career Center Search

UCSC Internship Site

Calpirg at UCSC seeks volunteers and interns to work on issues such as ocean health and high speed rail.

UCSC sustainability projects (some may offer internships)(more listings) Here's student testimonials about why you want one.

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) 12/15.

UCSC Center For Entrepreneurship has internships 10/14.

Island Press, founded by a Slug, is the most important publisher of books about the environment. Here's a blog posting about internships there.

Paid UCSC Internships (Bonner).

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms or Willing Workers of Organic Farms. The site connects farmers looking to host with would-be apprentices looking to gain hands-on experience on organic farms. In exchange for about four to six hours of work per day, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodations and opportunities to learn. 1/15.

Sierra Club's "Best Internship on Earth. Sierra Club SF listings.

Santa Cruz nonprofit hopes to make fuel from ocean-based plastic (also video with links). Solar powered catamaran will make fuel (make your own pyrolysis device). You can help, contact Rita Chaffin 1/12.

Kiva Fellows :Since 2007, the Kiva Fellows Program has offered over 450 individuals a rare opportunity to put their skills to work in support of global microfinance. Applicants chosen for the program serve as Kiva’s eyes and ears on the ground, working directly with microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other field partners in over 60 countries around the globe, and with new initiatives such as Kiva Zip in Kenya and the U.S. The Kiva Fellowship is an unpaid, volunteer position designed to increase Kiva's impact and to offer participants a unique insider experience. 6/13

Amnesty International San Francisco internships. 12/12

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. Washington DC. 11/11

National Park Service internships provide learning opportunities through activities such as wilderness re-vegetation, assistance with preservation and restoration projects, water quality monitoring, surveying, educational cave tours, or assisting resource management staff. Internships offer an interesting and educational experience in some of the most beautiful areas of the country. Many parks offer opportunities for internships. A centralized list of internships, however, is not available. If you are looking for an internship in a park, the National Park Service suggests that you select one or more parks that interest you and contact them directly. Information on how to contact a park is available on each park's Web site. For a complete list of parks, visit the following website:

Specific Internships

Global Information Internship Program (GIIP) is working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UCDC program. WRI is an environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on objective research and analysis to produce real solutions to environmental and human problems. The UCDC program provides housing and credits for UC students to live for a school quarter in Washington, D.C. and intern with a governmental or non-governmental organization. City on a Hill story.

Otter research internship Ottercam from Elkhorn Slough (this could be your office)10/14.

EDF's Climate Corps: Each summer, EDF selects and trains top-tier graduate students to build energy management plans for leading businesses and organizations like AT&T, Google, and FedEx.

Elliot Anderson, an Associate Prof. of Art & Electronic Media in the Art Department and Digital Arts and the New Media (, is seeking student researchers to work with him on his "Silicon Monuments: An Augmented Reality Tour of Silicon Valley Superfund Sites" ( The project is described below. If you are interested, please contact Professor Anderson at: ewanders AT

Environmental Studies Internship Program. Seattle 10/13.

The Dharma Ridge Whole Earth Institute joins UCSC Environmental Studies Fall Internship Program: Natural Building and Appropriate Technology More 9/12

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education.

Greenocracy is a social platform that allows individuals to engage in the sustainability revolution. Seeking intern developers 4/11 is seeking an intern. Contact internship office. 1/11

Farm sanctuary 11/12

Environmental Working Group (Wash DC?) Link

Pesticide Action Network has campaigns and internships (San Francisco)

San Francisco Carbon Collaborative Internship 6/10


LifeLab teaches kids about food and sustainability through school gardens.

SolTrain solar powered mass transit. Contact 435-5066. Academic credit available.

Save Our Shores

Yosemite Summer internships: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU program provides opportunities for undergraduates (recruited nationwide) to conduct independent research projects under the combined mentoring of UC Merced professors, United States Geological Survey scientists and Yosemite National Park scientists. These research projects then serve as a catalyst for collaborative research between the university and the park. The REU program uses its research opportunities to complement the non-science internships in the YLP program.

SNRI Scientific Visualization Fellowship (SciViz): This program focuses on a combination of science and art, providing two fellows (recruited nationwide) with three months of free housing in Yosemite and a $1,500 stipend to enhance the creative visualization and communication of scientific information. Last year, one scientific illustrator worked with scientists and park staff to create visitor displays along Tioga Pass Road, while a musician created wilderness soundscape compositions using recordings from Yosemite’s meadows.

Project for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) The Project for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE), based at 605 Front Street is a collaboration between the City of Santa Cruz and UCSC designed to support a culture of entrepreneurship by placing select student interns into high tech and green tech startups to work on specific projects. The project has one specific goal: to keep UCSC talent here in Santa Cruz. To accomplish this goal the PIE works to place interns into select business and also functions as a business incubator for student businesses.

The businesses range from technical and web development, to business and marketing. In the past we have found that students get an experience in a range of functions. These internships are unique in that they:

  • Require significant time dedication in a real work environment
  • Give you the opportunity to help build a business
  • Give you the opportunity to work directly with founders/management

After your internship, we encourage you to discuss with your employer any future opportunities. Also, utilize your employer to network and explore other career opportunities available to you. The staff at the PIE will happily look over your resume as well so that you can leverage this opportunity in full. To reinforce the lessons learned on the job, the program also features a weekly speakers series on Fridays in the Front Street office featuring C-level executives and founders speaking on topics like scaling & exit strategies, resource & software development, funding, financing, community building and strategy. Attendance for interns is required. The speaker series is every Friday at 9:30 am at the PIE. 605 Front Street, Downtown Santa Cruz (across the street from CVS pharmacy). If you're interested, please don't hesitate to visit for more information or to fill out an application to join the program today.

Job Listings

Food and Water Watch (mostly east coast) 11/12.

CAN Director of Action Education. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 20, 2011Link

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking an Editor to edit a new quarterly publication, Breakthrough Journal, and other Breakthrough publications. The Journal will aim to challenge conventional thought on national security, the economy, health, the environment, energy, trade, foreign policy as well as political philosophy. The Breakthrough Journal is published online, with a print edition distributed quarterly to opinion leaders. 7/10