There's Work to be Done!

"Civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades"
-- Paul Hawken

A wide range of organizations and fields are looking for people with environmental and sustainability expertise to meet the enormous environmental challenges of the 21st century. Eco Canada is Canada's online resource for environmental jobs, training and certification. For 20 plus years it has been researching trends and prospects in the Green Economy. Their consistent findings are that thousands of new environmental jobs continue to be created as more organizations take on on climate and sustainability topics as a priority, and governments provide funding for new green initiatives.

Your ESST degree is a passport to many careers in Canada and sustainability planning, work in environmental organizations, government environmental and sustainability positions, green business and purchasing, eco-tourism, parks and open spaces management, alternative energy policy, environmental research, sustainable food systems, law, health and active living, to name just a few possibilities.

Relevant Careers

Here are potential jobs/careers relevant for ESST graduates. Specific examples are noted in a Nova Scotia context but other locales would have similar types of opportunities.

Environmental Advocacy, Education & Activism:

The focus is on gaining knowledge and skills to help shift social, political and educational structures and processes toward sustainability. Work and policy analysis is at multiple levels: local, regional, national, international. Graduates could work in environmental advocacy, education, or policy development with non-profit or government organizations. Examples in Nova Scotia would be jobs with Ecology Action Centre, Clean Nova Scotia, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. RRFB, Conserve Nova Scotia, NS Dept. of Environment, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, or NS Dept. of Natural Resources.

Sustainable Community Development:

The focus is on gaining knowledge and skill to help shift individual lifestyles and communities toward sustainability in areas such as consumer education and community planning. Graduates could work in education, policy and planning roles in non-profit or community-related government organizations. Examples in Nova Scotia would be HRM Sustainable Environment Office, Climate Change Directorate NS Dept of Energy, Sustainability Planner with towns or municipalities.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability:

The focus is on gaining knowledge and skill to help shift businesses and organizations toward sustainability in areas such as organizational development and training, procurement, and policy development. Graduates could work in small businesses, corporations or government organizations. Examples in Nova Scotia would be NS Power Sustainability Education positions, sales, communications, and marketing with renewable energy businesses in solar, tidal or wind power. Jobs involving the greening of corporation or organizational operations with bigger corporations such as TD Bank or Public Works Canada, Revenue Canada, etc. Developing your own green business idea as an entrepreneur.

Environmental Thought and Practice:

The focus is on the evolution and development of sustainability concepts from multiple perspectives across time. Attention is paid to critical and philosophical perspectives of the implementation of sustainability in thought and practice. Graduates could move on to graduate work and teaching in environment related disciplines and/or might produce independent work as writers, artists or philosophers in a range of roles.