A green career is many things: it's the opportunity to combine viable and satisfying work with the knowledge that you're contributing to the well being of our planet. It's working with animals and plant life, it's discovering new species and safeguarding existing ones, it's caring for the environment - in fact, it's all this and more, and it's a great way to earn a living.
Constant environmental change, shifts in our understanding of the natural world and new demand for ethical professionals able to manage and care for other species has resulted in a huge need for those trained to take on a green career.
There are plentiful opportunities for you to develop your very own green career. Here are just a few of the many positions available worldwide.
I WANT TO WORK: With plants >>
Biosecurity officer / Biosecurity field officer - Safeguard plant life against unwanted pests and educate the public on legal obligations regarding plant pests.
Biosecurity quarantine officer / Border protection officer - Control the entry of quarantine risk items such as plants, animals, horticultural and agricultural products that may pose a threat to New Zealand's biosecurity and economy.
Conservation manager- The safe-keeping of wildlife and natural resources from being depleted.
Conservation officer - Manage and preserve the local environment which often includes informing the public on environmental awareness.
Environmental awareness officer / Resource management consultant - Carry out studies to help avoid, minimise or remedy damage to the planet and offer advice on creating a more sustainable environment.
Environmental protection officer- Survey land instability, deal with compliance issues and act as a specialist on environmental awareness.
Organic producer - Lead the way with sustainable agriculture by growing produce according to organic methods.
Ranger - Oversee, preserve and enhance conservation areas like regional and national parks, maritime parks, reserves, forests, coasts, wetlands and sites of historical or cultural importance.