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EXPLORE GREEN JOBS

Our online personality quiz allows youth to answer a few simple questions and receive recommendations for a rewarding green career path that might suit their personality. Take advantage of a one-time free trial and review the quiz:

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WHAT IS A GREEN JOB?

Green jobs can include a wide variety of career options. They may be found in forests and conservation, as well as more traditional sectors like manufacturing or construction.

A green job is one that supports and restores the environment, contributing to a sustainable world.

THE FUTURE IS GREEN

Opportunities for green jobs are growing! According to the International Labor Organization, there were 9.8 million green jobs in 2017.

By 2030 there will be an additional 15-60 million new green jobs. These jobs will contribute to a green future.

YOU ARE THE FUTURE

Green jobs are found in almost any sector. They can be in forestry, conservation, technology, as well as construction, and business.

No matter the job or sector, building your technical and leadership STEM skills will help you in your career.

6 BENEFITS OF GREEN JOBS

POSITIVE IMPACT

Green jobs provide environmental, economic, and social benefits for individuals, communities, and the global society.

GROWING DEMAND

Green jobs represent one of the fastest growing and changing segments of the global economy. This growing field can provide opportunities for workers, especially if they are creative and flexible.

WORKER SATISFACTION

Worker satisfaction is significantly higher in green sectors than in the economy at large.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Workers in green forest jobs are typically able to find a healthy work–life balance. Opportunities to work outdoors doing what they love helps these workers maintain a good quality of life.

FINANCIAL STABILITY

Many green jobs pay well because they require specialized skills. Many also provide job security as they cannot be outsourced.

SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Green jobs help to ensure environmental sustainability for all of us. Workers in the forest sector help to balance environmental, economic, and societal needs for current and future generations.

ASSESS YOUR SKILLS

Employers are looking for workers who can communicate and collaborate, and who are creative leaders. Use the self-assessment worksheet to analyze your leadership and people-oriented skills, as well as your technical skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

While many people think of STEM in terms of technical skills, most green jobs also require leadership skills.

This self-assessment worksheet lists ten STEM skills that encompass a wide variety of skills that can help any job seeker in the green economy, whether or not you are aiming for a STEM career.

MORE RESOURCES

WATCH VIDEOS

Day in the Life Videos

Check out these Day in the Life videos produced by PLT Canada! Featuring 12 different career possibilities in sustainable forest management, you just might find inspiration for your dream career! Including a forester, biologist, silviculture supervisor, Indigenous relations manager, a bird bander AND MORE!

READ ABOUT GREEN JOBS

Youth Spotlights

Read about stories from youth just like you who are already working in green jobs. PLT Canada’s Green Job Youth Spotlights features youth who participated in a green job summer program with PLT Canada and are on the path to becoming future forest and conservation leaders.

JOB BOARDS

Environmental Job Boards

Explore environmental job openings through online job boards such as PLT Canada , Goodwork.ca and Eco Canada. Filter between categories, locations, and job type⁠—and subscribe to receive email alerts for up-to-date job openings around the country.

LISTEN TO A PODCAST

Earth Rangers Big Melt

Learn more about sustainable forest management and the role that forests can play as solutions for global issues like climate change in this Big Melt Podcast episode.Featuring the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Senior Director of Conservation Strategy: Darren Sleep and Green Jobs youth, Cindy Cheng as they explore some of the amazing outcomes of sustainable forestry.

Have We Made Progress on the SDGs?

Learn more about the current progress of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the Have We Made Progress on the SDGs? episode of the podcast series Global GoalsCast. A guest from the UN Foundation discusses how countries and cities—from Uganda to New York—are measuring their SDG progress with the help of policymakers, entrepreneurs, and individuals. This podcast shares the stories of individuals, companies, and organizations working towards a more sustainable world.

PLAY A GAME

Are You Ready to Manage a Forest? Play the Simulation Game

Play the About that Forest  game to simulate the role of a forest manager. While managing the forests, players will face many challenges and be impacted by decisions made by others living in the forest and an uncertain environment. Every decision made will affect the shared common good of the forest community.

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