Whatever your reason, if you’ve decided you want a job in this area, and you have access to the Internet then you can take advantage of a wide variety of employment-related information and resources you’ll need to start, change or further your career. This page provides some key links for using the Internet to track down job vacancies and volunteering programmes in the fields of environment and development.
If you get that job you want – but it’s in another country, then there are a number of good sites to prepare you for international travel. Escape Artist is a guide to overseas living that includes country and regional guides – as well as moving overseas information. Transitions Abroad provides the alternative travel community access to the information essential to successful international experiences. The Expat Exchange is yet another good site for this sort of information. Sojourners to another country: The psychological roller-coaster of cultural transitions is an interesting article in which Nan Sussman explores the psychological aspects of the cultural transition cycle experienced by the sojourner.
Many sustainable development, natural resource and public health jobs can be found internationally, and the Internet also provides some useful general resources to help you here. For example, the University of Oxford provides a short guide to career paths in international development which includes links to both training opportunities and jobs. If you are not sure whether development jobs are right for you have a look at George Monbiot’s career advice – Choose life!
Careers in environment and development
The following group of sites provide a wide range of links to career and career resources in the fields of environment and development. These sites will provide you with a broad overview of what’s around on the Web in this area.
Oxford HR consultants Oxford Human Resource Consultants (Oxford HR) are Executive Search and Selection consultants providing recruitment search and selection services for the international development sector worldwide. The group helps international development and not-for-profit agencies to recruit senior managers and specialists in areas, such as sustainable development, emergency relief, environmental conservation and fair trade.
NRMjobs is a weekly email bulletin which advertises jobs and other opportunities in the land, water and environment (or Natural Resource Management) field in Australasia. NRMjobs has more than 19,000 subscribers, and carries about 50 jobs & other opportunities per week.”
CYBER-SIERRA’S Natural Resources Job Search More than 1000 visitors a week can’t be wrong! This is a good place to start your search. There are about 15 categories of jobs within this area, and a lot of useful related searching resources. And be sure to start at the Read First page!
EnvironmentalCareer.com Cool jobs and great careers in all aspects of the environment. In addition to their home on the web, ECC publishes a journal 10 times annually, the Green Careers Journal, which contains articles and hundreds more job listings every month, giving you yet another valuable tool in advancing your environmental career.
EnvironmentalJob.co.uk This UK-orieted site publishes jobs in a number of areas including environmental campaigning, renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling, ecology, environmental education, organics, sustainability, and sustainable transport.
Organizational and NGO career opportunities in environment and development
This page will provide a number of site groupings that link directly to available vacancies within NGOs, the United Nations, aid agencies and private consulting companies.
Job pages within international NGOs and institutes:
IUCN Position Vacancies Current vacancies posted here.
Job Market (GTZ … development) Vacancies and consulting positions with GTZ.
United Nations and World Bank affiliated sites include:
Employment Opportunities with the United Nations this site is maintained by the Office of Human Resources Management and provides a list of current vacancies, as well as providing direct links to a range of UN agency vacancy sites.Also see the UNV – United Nations Volunteer Programme which was created by the General Assembly of the UN in 1970, to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states.
There are also a number of international consulting companies working in these areas … e.g.
Chemonics International Inc. Chemonics is one of the largest U.S. consulting firms providing expertise in developing and emerging-market countries.
MASDAR (UK) Ltd This is an international agricultural consultancy company with extensive worldwide experience.
Also available on-line are searchable sites from The Economist and the Guardian.
Other things to think about
Aptitude tests are structured systematic ways of evaluating how people perform on tasks or react to different situations. They have standardised methods of administration and scoring with the results quantified and compared with how others have done at the same tests. Practice tests are available from the following sites: University of Kent aptitude tests (with answers); a personality test; Kogan Page – Team Focus psychometric testing page.
If you have other sites that could be useful here please let me know.