Here is a hefty dose (of mostly environmental related) job boards, listservs, and search engines to keep you busy in the hunt for your career unicorn!
“At the very least, the job boards have helped me explore different types of jobs that exist. Something that has been helpful for me is to subscribe to listservs for various societies that I’m interested in. There can be a lot of random emails sent out on those, but there are often hundreds of jobs sent out per week from government, non-profit and universities that usually relate to that field. In addition, joining societies can be helpful, as can going to meetings and talks. Of course, staying organized helps!” -Jacqui
“I have found many volunteer opportunities and jobs through these emails. If I’m feeling stale in my current job, I’ll peruse the readings just to get inspired again.” -Allison
Our Top 6 Favorite Job Sources:
- Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion: To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/marmam or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ornithological Societies of North America. To subscribe to this e-list, send the following message to: <email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>, in the body of the message type: join Birdjobs-L “your name”. The subject line should be blank. Please use the “plain text only” e-mail format option, include your own name in the message, and put quotation marks around your name.
- Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Job Board & Employment Links
- American Fisheries Society Jobs and Careers
- Society for Conservation Biology
- University of Washington College of the Environment Career Board
- Earth Sciences Jobs Email List
- Polar and High Latitudes Research List
- Oregon State Fish & Wildlife and archives
- Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society
- REU sites, funded by the National Science Foundation
- Coral-List — NOAA’s Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP)
- SCEOPP Job Opportunities List
- you can subscribe to this listserv merely by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with a brief statement of your intent.
- Conservation List
- To subscribe send the following email message to Majordomo@unixg.ubc.ca CONS-JOBS firstname lastname
- Ecology List
- Environmental Jobs List
- To subscribe send the following email message toListproc@environment.harvard.edu ENVJOBS-l firstname lastname
- Ornithology List
- To subscribe send the following email message to Listserv@uafsysb.uark.edu ORNITH-L firstname lastname
- The Wildlife Society List
- To subscribe send the following email message firstname.lastname@example.org subscribe tws-l firstname lastname
Other Job Boards:
- Environmental Jobs and Careers
- Environmental Career Opportunities
- Ocean Science Career Links
- Cyber-Sierra Conservation Occupations
- Indeed Job Search Engine (Type “Antarctica” into the “What” bar!)
- National Ecological Observatory Network & careers
- WA Bio – Jobs in Washington
- Aquafish Innovation Lab
- United States Antarctic Program
- Sierra Club Careers
- MTU School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
- Oceanography, Palaeoceanography, Marine Science, Coastal Science & Limnology Jobs
- EPA Research Opportunities
- Trout Unlimited
- National Wildlife Federation
- National Audubon Society
- Nature Conservancy
- Ducks Unlimited
- The Trust for Public Land
- Defenders of Wildlife
Environmental Consulting Opportunities:
- Environmental Consulting Jobs Search Engine
- Cardno Job Board
- Turnerstone Environmental Consultants
- FishBio Job Board
- Harvey Ecological Consultants
- Department of Fish & Wildlife Employment Resources
- Marine Conservation Institute
- Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
- Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
Voluntourism Eco-Tours & Research Expeditions:
- Earthwatch Expeditions
- Conservation Northwest
- Sierra Club Inspiring Connection Outdoors
- Tambopata Macaw Project – Peru
- Blue Hill Escapes – South Africa
- Blue Ventures
- Reef Check
- Association for Women In Science
- Women In Bio
- Earth Science Women’s Network – for women in geosciences
- Women for Wildlife
Advice and Support:
Other Search Tips:
- Specific Institutions/Organizations: If you know a particular institution or organization you want to work at keep an eye on their job postings page. You never know when that perfect position will pop up for you to grab. If you don’t see any NGOs or consulting companies that you are interested in here, search for those that have a focus or discipline you are interested in. Some suggestions would be to look for environmental/ecological consulting companies, companies that specialize in natural resource damage assessment and clean-up, estuarine/marine/coral conservation NGOS and societies.
- Specific Disciplines: If you know an area of science you are interested in, such as freshwater biology, fisheries management, forest ecology, estuarine conservation, developmental biology, environmental toxicology, etc., search for societies and organizations that promote these disciplines, and check out their job postings pages!
- Specific Locations: Search for field stations in areas that interest you. There are countless marine, freshwater, tropical forest ecology field stations around the world, many with different opportunities. In addition, universities often need field or lab technicians, so if there is a university you would like to attend graduate school at, check to see if there are technician positions in a lab you are interested in.
- Volunteer: If all else fails, get yourself volunteering for things you are interested in. You’ll meet people, get ideas, and go on amazing trips! Yes, these require you to pay out of pocket, but sometimes it can be worth it.
- Join societies.
- Attend meetings and talks (Town Hall, University Lectures, National Geographic Live! Events).
- Attend job fairs.
- “Like” certain organizations or college career centers on Facebook.
- Follow organizations and career centers on social media sites like Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.