Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm
Overview: Geography is a critical subject for those interested in the broad category of green careers. An example would be a job as Conservational Program Coordinator in a medium to large city. That job probably oversees other green career specialities, such as urban forest program personnel, or urban agriculture, or water conservation in green areas. The city of Austin, Texas has just begun an Urban Forest Program with opportunities for yearlong paid internships. Geographers have a good background for understanding green infrastructure, city planning, public policy and civic engagement.
Geographers at work: Green careers rely on people with geographical backgrounds. Geographers do well in areas that require human-environmental interact. Many corporations hire green careers specialists since their products and the processes to create those products often bring about threats to the earth environment. Most corporations believe in leaving as small an environmental imprint as possible.
Skills: human-environmental interaction understanding mapping. A green culture. Concerned citizen.