The jobs numbers continues to tetter between 9% and 9.3% unemployment, and involuntary under-employment blooms those numbers closer to 20%. If you are searching for work in the Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia), The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative (MARC) has been pushing green jobs at their website over the last couple of years – a trend that has been growing across the country over the last decade or so.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative MARC should not be confused with the 147 jobs within 10 miles of downtown Baltimore (as of this posting).MARC (though that too has green credentials). The MARC we are referring to allows you to search via keywords, ZIP codes, and commuting radius from your home for a job that is listed as working for the environment and/or making strides to reduce use of un-renewable resources. But the MARC provides more than a listing of some
The MARC ‘Green Workforce Portal’ also offers information and advice both to job seekers and to providers looking to post environmentally-engaged positions for hire. You can follow postings and relevant articles by and about MARC on Twitter as well: @MARCgreenworks.
Another, nationwide, listing can be found at Grist.org, which takes a notably broader, and more politically aggressive stance on green jobs and issues than does the MARC listing (not meant as a challenge to MARC – simply a point that Grist wants to cover much more ground than its jobs listing). Though Grist can certainly be followed on Twitter, we could not find a Twitter feed focussed on one’s green job search.
If you are more the entrepreneurial type or wanting to invest greenbacks in green tech, check out Follow them on Twitter as well, though, like Grist, the feed includes all kinds of news and no specific feed pertains to green jobs.(Green Venture Capital), which lists green jobs along with its stories on (mostly New-England based) investment opportunities in greening companies and nonprofits.
We have only touched the tip of the redwood here, but we hope you get the idea. The search for a job in this environment can be a job unto itself, without even the decency of a paycheck (yet). But if your environmentalist ideals sometimes butt up against your job-search criteria, they need not. Organizations and greening news outlets have been campaigning for a number of years now to expand the ‘,’ and their use of online jobs databases and Twitter feeds can be a great help in the effort.
And do not let shyness about your greening commitment/credentials stop you from looking! Many of these jobs are not pitched to civil engineers wanting to curtail pollution run-off from overpasses (though such jobs are posted), but to anyone who would like their next job to be with a company striving to reducing packaging or buy its energy from renewable-resource outlets.