Widening the search


in Daily updates, Ottawa, The environment, Toronto

A while ago, I wrote about how I am looking for climate-related jobs in Toronto. So far, the search has not gone especially well. Positions listed tend to be either very junior or too senior. Also, most of what is available looks more tedious than meaningful or engaging.

For a number of reasons, I am now broadening my focus beyond Toronto. I am looking for jobs anywhere in the world that would offer the opportunity to apply my knowledge and skills to meaningful work on helping to fight climate change. I am also considering academic programs that would be useful, that would put me in contact with people doing interesting work, and that would put me in places where new and important ideas are developing.

If readers have any suggestions, please let me know.

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Sarah February 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I’ll keep my eyes open. At the moment all I’ve come across that seemed Milan-ish is a part-time job on fisheries: http://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/194571/ocean2012-coordinator-part-time .

Matt February 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Rio Tinto has been advertising climate related jobs. I think they’ve been in relation to mitigating carbon output of their operations. Considering the scale of their operations, it could lead to significant and meaningful reductions.

alena February 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Would China interest you?

R.K. February 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

What sort of academic program are you considering?

Milan February 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm


Thanks for the link.


I think Rio Tinto might be a really difficult employer for me to work for. I get overwhelmed with the scale of the climate problem and get excessively pessimistic about incremental improvements.


I don’t think so. I don’t speak the language and it is a very dirty place. Also, I doubt its a place I could have influence, as a total outsider.


Doctoral programs in some climate-related field. I would learn less than I would doing an engineering degree or something, but it is a more practical credential to acquire as a 27-year old.

Milan February 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I applied for this job at the Centre for American Progress, in Washington, D.C.

Byron Smith February 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I was about to point it out to you, but you’re already onto it (I’m a few days behind on blogs because I was out of town at a conference). All the best!

kjh lij February 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

“it is a very dirty place. Also, I doubt its a place I could have influence, as a total outsider.”

give me a break!

. February 17, 2011 at 8:11 am

According to the People’s Republic of China’s own evaluation, two-thirds of the 338 cities for which air-quality data are available are considered ‘moderately’ or ‘severely’ polluted. Respiratory, Cancer and heart diseases related to air pollution are the leading cause of death in China. Acid rain falls on 30% of the country. China’s environmental laws are among the strictest in the world, but enforcing these laws has been difficult in China. The World Health Organization has found that about 750,000 people die prematurely each year from respiratory problems in China.

According to the World Bank, the cities with the highest levels of particulate matter in the PRC in 2004 were Tianjin, Chongqing, and Shenyang. These were among the ten most polluted cities in the world by this measure.

. February 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Sustainable Energy Engineering and Policy

The Master’s program in Sustainable Energy provides advanced training in the area of sustainable energy. Its objective is to prepare students for employment related to sustainable energy in government, business, or the civil society sector, and/or to serve as a foundation for further graduate education at the doctoral level. The program involves learning across two distinct disciplines – engineering and public policy. Students specialize in one side or the other of the program, graduating with either an engineering degree (MASc or MEng in Sustainable Energy) or a public policy degree (MA in Sustainable Energy) as appropriate. At the same time, students also take courses that engage with the other disciplinary component: public policy for those specializing in sustainable energy engineering; and engineering for those specializing in sustainable energy policy. Moreover students across the program as a whole work and learn together, garnering a greater understanding of the complexity of sustainable energy problems and acquiring an understanding of, and experience with, interdisciplinary collaboration.

. February 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm



Applications are invited for the locally-engaged position of Climate Change and Prosperity Advisor at the British High Commission in Ottawa.

Your ability to make connections and see the big picture is essential, but so is your firm grasp of detail and the ability to put ideas into practice and to deliver outcomes as well as outputs. You will possess a detailed understanding of the Canadian context on climate change, as well as on the economy and the environment and will need to be a self-starter but also be able to work as an integral part of a close-knit team. You will possess evidence of your considerable organisational skills and your experience in project management.

Working closely with others across the Canada Network of British diplomatic and trade posts, a key focus of this job will be to ensure that ambitious action on climate change and sustainable global growth are seen as essential to Canada’s future prosperity.

This is a new position and the jobholder will have the opportunity to shape the strategy and how it is implemented. The work will require creativity and flexibility. The position is offered on a 2-year contract basis with the possibility of extension for a further year on the basis of mutual acceptance.

. March 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

WE all enjoy speculating about which Arab regime will be toppled next, but maybe we should be looking closer to home. High unemployment? Check. Out-of-touch elites? Check. Frustrated young people? As a 24-year-old American, I can testify that this rich democracy has plenty of those too.

About one-fourth of Egyptian workers under 25 are unemployed, a statistic that is often cited as a reason for the revolution there. In the United States, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in January an official unemployment rate of 21 percent for workers ages 16 to 24.

My generation was taught that all we needed to succeed was an education and hard work. Tell that to my friend from high school who studied Chinese and international relations at a top-tier college. He had the misfortune to graduate in the class of 2009, and could find paid work only as a lifeguard and a personal trainer. Unpaid internships at research institutes led to nothing. After more than a year he moved back in with his parents.

Millions of college graduates in rich nations could tell similar stories. In Italy, Portugal and Spain, about one-fourth of college graduates under the age of 25 are unemployed. In the United States, the official unemployment rate for this group is 11.2 percent, but for college graduates 25 and over it is only 4.5 percent.

The true unemployment rate for young graduates is most likely even higher because it fails to account for those who went to graduate school in an attempt to ride out the economic storm or fled the country to teach English overseas. It would be higher still if it accounted for all of those young graduates who have given up looking for full-time work, and are working part time for lack of any alternative.

Milan April 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Today I applied for an analyst job in the environment and resources section of the Library of Parliament.

. April 9, 2011 at 12:17 am

Young people are making no headway as the economy heals. Some 17,000 jobs were lost among youth aged 15 to 34, and the jobless rate in that area is stuck at a disappointing 14.4 per cent. Over the past 12 months, youth employment has increased by just 0.5 per cent. That’s something to note in the midst of an election campaign given that many of our young people will be voting for the first or second time.

. April 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

The most ridiculous job interview questions

“Given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ for each guess you make?” — Facebook

“Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are.” — Capital One (COF)

“Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now.” — Intel (INTC)

“How many balloons would fit in this room?” — PricewaterhouseCoopers

“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” — Goldman Sachs (GS)

“You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” — Epic Systems

“What is the philosophy of martial arts?” — Aflac (AFL)

“Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.” — Boston Consulting

“If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?” — AT&T (T)

“How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?” — IBM (IBM)

“If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?” — Amazon (AMZN)

. April 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm
. May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Unpaid employment
Inferno for interns
The annual race to the bottom of the corporate ladder begins

SPRING is here: flowers are in bloom, birdsong fills the air, and the inboxes of employers are clogged with desperate pleas for summer internships. College students and graduates are well aware of the impact a plummy placement could have on their careers. With ever fewer entry-level jobs in many industries, internships have become a critical first step into employment. In America, three-quarters of students on a four-year university course will have toiled as an intern at least once before graduation. Up to half of these gimlet-eyed workers will have given their services free. Some may even have had to pay for the privilege of coming to work.

Unpaid internships seem to be an example of mutual utility: inexperienced youngsters learn something about a chosen field while employers get to farm out some menial work. The arrangement is consensual, and companies often use internships to test potential recruits. But the increasing popularity of these unpaid placements has caused some controversy lately. Nick Clegg, Britain’s deputy prime minister, recently launched a crusade to ban them, arguing that they favour the wealthy and privileged. Others complain that uncompensated internships flout labour standards, exploit nascent workers and surely depress wages for everyone else. In America, they tend to be illegal at for-profit companies, according to guidelines set out in 1947. But the Department of Labour barely enforces such rules, in part because interns are often too afraid to file complaints.

. May 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://GoodWorkCanada.ca ]


Getting your foot in the door to nonprofit work – weekend workshop
Toronto: July 16 – 17, 2011

Are you a young professional or recent graduate struggling to find a job in the nonprofit sector in Canada, an overseas internship or contract? Sending out tons of resumes and not getting a response? Getting lots of interviews but not landing the job? If so, this is the workshop will provide you with skills, practice and information to help get your foot in the door!

We will provide you with a 14-hour intensive, personalized small group learning experience that will increase your competitive edge to help you get through the screening and interview process and increase your chances of landing the job. Also included is one free hour of CV or interview coaching good for up to 6 months following the workshop.

You can expect:
• An intensive, personalized small group learning experience
• Real-time case study — knowing if you’re right for a job and what you can bring to the table
• Mapping out the sector — understanding the different employment streams and what to expect
• Customized feedback specific to your CV and cover letter
• Interview practice and feedback
• Interview follow-up etiquette
• Phone and video interview tips & pitfalls
• Perfecting your professional image
• How to navigate salary expectations and benefits
• Identifying what your online presence says about you and how to protect it

Your investment:
Two days of your time and a special introductory offer of $295 including HST.

Space is limited to ensure small group size.

Please mention you heard about this through GoodWork.

For more details, visit http://bitly.com/fQrIGO


. May 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation is hiring a
Green Animator
(6 month term position with a possibility of extension)
Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) is an award-winning private non-profit housing company that values innovation, creativity and dynamism.  We own and manage over 1500 rental units in 51 properties across downtown Ottawa. We’re hiring a Green Animator on a six month year term with a possibility of extension to develop and deliver communications that engage tenants in green behaviour.
We are looking for someone who is:
an excellent communicator and problem solver
experienced in community based social marketing (CBSM) and/ or community development
experienced in layout and design
skilled at dealing with people with a range of life experiences 
a skilled collaborator working as part of a multi-department team
comfortable in English and French
Experience with community based social marketing and/ or community development
Fluency in a third language
Work experience in sustainability
Salary, summary of benefits and complete job description available at http://www.ccochousing.org
DEADLINE: Friday, May 20th           

. May 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Of all the big, rich Group of Seven economies, America has the lowest share of “prime age” males in work: just over 80% of those aged between 25 and 54 have a job. In the late 1960s 95% worked.

. May 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Position: Electricity Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Program
Type: full-time position
Organization: Pembina Institute http://www.pembina.org/about/careers

Position: Full-time Electricity Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Program (one-year term)
Type: full-time position, one-year term
Organization: Pembina Institute http://www.pembina.org/about/careers

. May 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://GoodWorkCanada.ca ]


Position: Associate Director, Research, Policy and Institutional Services
Organization: Social Investment Organization http://www.socialinvestment.ca
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Serve the socially responsible investment industry in this new position of Associate Director, Research, Policy and Institutional Services.

The SIO needs a research and public policy professional to manage our diverse research and policy agenda, and to serve our growing institutional membership demands.

Ideal qualifications for the candidate include experience of 2 to 5 years in the following areas: financial industry research; fundraising for research projects; public policy research; management of stakeholder committees; client service delivered by telephone and email; knowledge of the socially responsible investment industry, and fluency in French and English.

. May 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Job Title:
Department/ Office:
Duty Station: WASHINGTON
Posting Period:
12 May 2011-11 July 2011
Job Opening number:


1. Monitor and provide timely information to the Regional Director on major developments, events and activities in the region, and policy initiatives within UNEP, related to Ecosystems Management with a focus on ocean and coastal issues. 2. Assist in developing and maintaining important relationships with governments and civil society organizations engaged in ocean and coastal issues, as well as major UNEP initiatives such as the Inter-governmental Panel of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES). 3. Disseminate technical and informational materials on UNEP programmes to governments and other key partners. 4. Contribute to awareness raising and public outreach in North America on UNEP’s activities through organization of briefings, press conferences and special events on issues of interest to the region, such as on marine litter, nutrients management, land-based sources of marine pollution and IPBES. 5. Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings; prepare of agenda; identify and propose participants; prepare background documents, presentations and logistics. 6. Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs such as background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies and publications. 7. Identify and catalyze support from the Region for UNEP’s work programme through development of new and nurturing existing partnerships with governments and non-governmental entities. 8. Assist the Director with programme implementation of UNEP’s Ecosystems Management Sub-programme in North America with a focus on ocean and coastal issues; plan and conduct activities such as training workshops, seminars and regional meetings; assist in the development of policies in the region; and represent UNEP at conferences and meetings within the region. 9. Perform any other duties assigned.

Sarah June 3, 2011 at 2:58 am

Are you still looking for jobs?

Milan June 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

Yes, very much so.

That said, in my more cynical moments I wonder whether there is really much point in working on climate change in Canada. Both the government and the general public seem to have decided that they want to do nothing significant about the problem.

Sarah June 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I understand the cynicism and often feel the same way myself (especially about criminal justice policy). I’ve been reading a book called “Learned Optimism” recently, the message of which seems to be that evidence shows pessimists make more realistic assessments, but optimists usually achieve more (because realistic assessments lead to despair and giving up). Worth a read if you have time, & cause to cultivate a bit of optimism about the temporary or localised nature of barriers to action on climate change, even if you’re not sure the optimism is justified by the facts.

Anon June 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I think a job as a page just became available in the Senate.

Sarah June 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Researcher at One World Trust: http://jobs.ac.uk/job/ACS702/ .

. June 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Selection Process Number : LOP 11-R-12
Position Title(s) : Analyst (International Political Economy)
Classification(s) : RAN – 01
RAN – 02
RAN – 03
EC – 03
EC – 04
EC – 05
EC – 06
Salary : $55,324.00 – $96,035.00 per year
Federal Organization(s) –
Sub-Organization(s) : Library of Parliament
Location(s) : Ontario – Ottawa
Type of Advertisement: Indeterminate
Anticipated number of positions that may be staffed with this advertised process : 1

. June 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, GoodWorkCanada.ca]


Position: Sea Kayak Guides
Organization: Trails Youth Initiatives http://www.trails.ca
Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario

Job Description
Join a creative and innovative team to deliver a powerful two week final learning adventure for the Leader-in-Training Programme participants of Trails Youth Initiatives. Successful candidates will be responsible to co-lead a 10-day sea kayaking wilderness experience in Georgian Bay; co-delivering Trails Leadership Curriculum; providing feedback to Trails participants and oversee decisions related to safety/risk management The focus of this expedition is to help solidify participant’s outdoor leadership competencies and to refine facilitating and teaching skills.

* Current Wilderness First Responder Certificate (WFR)
* Current CPR
* Current Bronze Cross
* Minimum of 100 days facilitating outdoor and experiential activities
* Lead a minimum of three sea kayaking trips exceeding 10 days in an wilderness setting (personal trips add to experience however are not sufficient in and of themselves)
* Sea Kayak Certification ORCA or equivalent experience
* Demonstrates understanding of leadership theories
* Demonstrate competencies in outdoor skills
* Able to plan, implement experiential lessons
* Knowledge of leadership teaching progression in an outdoor context

Successful candidates will have experience in leading sea kayaking trips in a remote wilderness setting, managing and evaluating hazards, identify weather patterns, able to use VHF radio, perform open water self and assisted rescues, identify marine hazards, teach risk management, teach sea kayaking strokes, competency in teaching navigation skills in marine context, demonstrate sound safety judgments under challenging and stressful circumstances.

Candidates must possess and model maturity and effective group interaction skills with peers and students alike. As well, candidates must demonstrate professional teaching and leadership experience in coordinating and leading sea kayaking trips. An understanding of the principles of experiential learning, theories of leadership, and group dynamics as well as the ability to aid in the transference of learned skills, and guide a group through conflict, and decision making is essential.

Outdoor Skills
Candidates must demonstrate competencies in areas such as: open water navigation, nautical charts, map and compass, teach proper paddling strokes, wet exits, self and assisted rescues, equipment repair, leave not trace camping, outdoor cooking skills, first aid, group travel skills, VHF radio, Beaufort scale and proper boat fitting/design/sizing.

Knowledge of Trails
Potential candidates should have a broad understanding of the philosophy and foundations of Trails Youth Initiatives, an awareness of Trails pedagogical progression and an ability to transfer this to specific programme areas.

What should I be willing to commit to?
* Saturday July 2nd – Monday July 18th 2011

How do I apply?
The following information is required:
* A resume with list of references
* A sea kayaking tripping log

Please direct questions to
Julia Morch, Executive Director
Trails Youth Initiatives
905-836-0100 ext 1

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWorkCanada.ca.

. June 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

The area: Public Policy and Government Relations

Our job is to advocate for Google on the big public policy issues of the day. Technology moves quickly, so it’s important that we work closely with politicians, regulators, academics and third parties to help them understand the issues that affect the Internet and our users. Google and the web touch a lot of public policy debates, so we’re looking for quick-witted, entrepreneurial and intellectually curious people to join our team. Life at Google is rarely quiet, and never boring so to succeed here, you’ll need to combine creativity with the organizational skills to manage different campaigns and projects to tight deadlines. Ideal candidates will be inspiring advocates and enthusiastic team players, eager to help shape the future direction of Internet policy.

The role: Policy Analyst or Manager, Economics

As our Policy Analyst or Manager, you will represent Google externally with government, regulators and third parties, as well as help manage public policy strategy and campaigns. You will work with a cross-functional team of Google employees in Mountain View, as well as with a closely-coordinated global Public Policy team to advance policy positions that benefit our users and an open Internet more generally. Key issues will include those relating to technology policy and economics working closely with Google’s international team.


Milan June 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm

That Google job looks great! I am applying for sure.

. June 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Electricity Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Program (Ottawa)

This competition has closed and the position has been filled. Thank you for your interest in the Pembina Institute.


. June 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The federal Conservatives will cut 687 public service jobs over the next three years in the Public Works department alone, unions announced Monday.
Three major unions were notified Friday that the exercise is expected to save about $100 million. Individual workers learned early Monday afternoon that their jobs were on the chopping block.
Under collective agreements, the federal government will attempt to make other reasonable job offers, train employees to work in other areas, or offer severance packages for them to leave.
In all, about 330 people will feel the cuts this year, starting with economists, policy analysts, auditors and their clerical and support staff.
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees, which represents some 14,000 members, says 103 federal economists and policy analysts who work in the consulting services branch of Public Works, providing analysis for all federal departments, have been told their jobs are being eliminated.
Although the department has offered an eight-week transition period in which to help employees find other work, CAPE president Claude Poirier said the cuts are worrisome.


. June 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The Boxfish Group works to create sustainable transformations. We work with governments, established businesses, new technologies and advocacy groups to bring the change our environment and economy need. Boxfish is dedicated to achieving more reliable and prosperous businesses and a healthier, more livable environment.

Gail July 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm
. July 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://GoodWorkCanada.ca ]


Each posting on GoodWork has a green/environmental aspect to the job, the organization, or both. Many are with clearly “green” employers, but some are with “mainstream” or “sunset” companies, in roles that help them improve their practices, comply with environmental regulations, or remediate their operations. We believe that all these jobs are important and meaningful in their own way.

Although GoodWork does take care to ensure that overtly inappropriate jobs are not posted, ultimately it’s up to you to decide whether a particular job satisfies your ethics, standards and criteria.

Green career paths can be confusing. Will that “Environmental Engineering” degree lead to work actually helping the environment, or just designing exhaust systems for parking garages? Will a degree in Environmental Law prepare you to battle the worst polluters … or to aid and abet corporations trying to evade their environmental responsibilities? The answers aren’t always simple, but good career research and planning can help you avoid some nasty dead ends.

Before going to an interview or accepting a job offer, it’s important to do your own research about the job, employer and industry. This will help you make a decision that’s right for you. It will also help you write a better cover letter, and perform better at the interview. Here’s where to start:

Researching Employers’ Social and Environmental Practices

If possible, do your research *before* the interview. If you have any show-stopping questions or concerns, bring them up with the employer during the interview. Try putting your concerns as questions not condemnation, e.g. “What is your policy on…?”, “Is it true that…?”, “What steps is your organization taking to …?” Be aware that asking probing questions could lose you the job (for better or worse). Or, by demonstrating your initiative, it might just land you the job.

Where to research companies’ environmental reputations:

• Visit the employer’s site and read their “About” or “Company” sections
• Learn to recognize greenwash, spin, propaganda and corruption. See: http://www.google.ca/search?q=greenwash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_%28public_relations%29 http://prwatch.org/books/experts.html http://prwatch.org/tsigfy.html http://planetfriendly.net/business.html
• Search pollution/pollutant information for that company or community: http://pollutionwatch.org/ or http://www.ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/
• Google: search for the company name plus words such as “environmental”, “greenwash”, “unethical”, “scandal”, “criticism”, “watch”, “scam”, “reputation”, etc.
• Google: search for the topic or industry (e.g. “mining”) plus relevant keywords (e.g. mining watch, mining watchdog, mining environmental, mining ethics, mining sustainability, etc.)
• Wikipedia: search for the company name then look for a section titled “criticism”, “controversies” or “environmental impact”, or click the “discussion” or “view history” tabs to learn more. Also search for the topic or industry (e.g. “petroleum”) and look at the bottom of the page for related “categories”.
• Call environmental groups/organizations (ENGOs) in the province that work on the issue at hand (e.g. energy, mining, forests, etc.) A phone call might be more effective than e-mail. Find groups in all provinces here: http://rcen.ca/affiliate-networks
• Check corporate watchdog organizations, lists of “allegedly unethical firms”, etc.:
http://www.corpwatch.org/ http://www.corporatewatch.org/
• Try whistleblower sites or organizations such as http://fairwhistleblower.ca ; more at http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Work/Whistleblowing/
• Seek out green business organizations, publications and social networks in your area, such as CorporateKnights.ca, CBSR.ca, SocialInvestment.ca, BALLE (LivingEconomies.org), GreenEnterprise.net, GreenDrinks.org, etc. (more at http://planetfriendly.net/business.html )

Do enough research so you’re satisfied that you won’t be stuck in a job where you can’t make a real difference, where the management or owners have little or no genuine concern for the environment, or where you just don’t fit in.

Related Resources

• Preparing for an Interview http://google.ca/search?q=“preparing+for+an+interview”
• Job Search Tips & Resources http://planetfriendly.net/goodworktips.html

• What is a “green job”? http://goodworkcanada.ca/define-green-job.html
• Finding Meaningful Work http://planetfriendly.net/wiki/?title=Meaningful_Work

• Wanted: Positive Person http://goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=2286
• “Us versus them” mentality http://google.ca/search?q=us+versus+them+mentality
• Black and white thinking http://google.ca/search?q=black+and+white+thinking

• How to be an Organizer, Campaigner, Activist

It’s a good sign that there is debate over what exactly is a “green” job. For the sake of our planet, it’s an important debate to have. We welcome your thoughts on this important topic.

Best wishes in your search for green, meaningful work!

– Peter Blanchard

GoodWork Canada
Canada’s Green Job Site Since 2001

. July 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Slate is offering a paid internship for a highly energetic, self-starting individual who has a nose for news, sharp and quick writing skills, and a passion for social media. This is a jack-of-all-trades position for a tech-savvy person comfortable doing everything from coming up with viral story ideas, to contributing to our newsblog, to running social-media feeds. Great editorial judgment and ability to write clean, fast, and clear copy is a must. This is a six-month-long position reporting to Slate’s Innovations Editor out of our New York office. You would need to start no later than the end of July. Please send a résumé and very brief statement of interest ASAP to slatestjob@gmail.com. Deadline is midnight EDT on Sunday night, July 10.

dp July 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Didn’t Eliot Spitzer go to work for Slate after the whole prostitution thing cost him his job as the governor of New York?

. July 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

OTTAWA — The jobless rate fell for the third consecutive month in the national capital region to 5.8 per cent in June, Statistics Canada reported Friday. It was the lowest unemployment rate in Ottawa-Gatineau since November, 2009.

The decline from 6.1 per cent unemployment in May reflected strong job gains in business and professional services, and manufacturing – offset by declines in education services and public administration.


. July 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Career Advice Tooling Up: Words With PunchBy David G. Jensen

July 15, 2011

Call me a bit of an oddball, but my hobby isn’t collecting stamps, coins, or fine wines. Instead, I collect good phrases and powerful, well-chosen words. I’ve always been attracted to language, and I’ve spent my entire career seeking to understand the impact of words in the context of the job search.

It has always amazed me how much advantage a scientist gains from the ability to speak positively and succinctly about his accomplishments. It’s amazing how much more buy-in a job applicant can get from a potential employer when she knows exactly how to summarize her fit with the company and the position at the end of an interview.

Words make a huge difference. And although I’ve never subscribed to the philosophy that you should be primed with prepared answers to interview questions, such as those espoused in books with titles like 100 Snappy Answers to Tough Interview Questions, there are a few areas of career development where word-craft should be an essential part of your preparation.

In this month’s Tooling Up column, I’ll share some examples of what I mean. While I don’t want to put exact words in your mouth, I do want to encourage you to absorb the flavor of my examples and to develop the concept into an approach that works for you.

. March 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Online Organizer

For more than 25 years, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has campaigned for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. In coalition with Indigenous communities and allies from around the world, RAN uses non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, education, and strategic communications to challenge corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt comprehensive policies that reduce their contributions to global warming.

The online campaigner will work closely with RAN’s communication and campaign teams. They will be responsible for developing and implementing digital campaign strategies to pressure environmentally negligent corporations. They will create and manage online communications to RAN supporters via email, social media, web and emerging digital channels. This position aims to further RAN’s mission and legacy of using cutting edge creative online and offline organizing to challenge abuses of power and to advance environmental and social justice.

A successful candidate will have experience with effective online and offline political or advocacy campaigns and understand the tools and lessons necessary for both. She/he will be someone who understands grassroots organizing and advocacy and the goal of connecting communities to action – both online and off. The ideal candidate will view technology as a creative tool for social change.

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