5 Hot Green Jobs

jennifer Bjorkman | October-18-10


Interested in finding a meaningful career in the environmental sector? Check out these top 5 green jobs: 


Aquatics/Marine Biologist

Earth’s surface is 70% covered by water.  Because of this, the potential worksites of a Marine Biologist include most of the world. The study of the behavior, evolution, distribution and relationships among organisms in aquatic environments is a Marine Biologist’s priority.

Marine biologists divide their time between field work – collecting samples and observing aquatic organisms in a variety of settings, and laboratory work. With the data collected, scientific reports are written that can shed light on the needs of organisms in our oceans. The research Marine Biologists do will help determine how marine ecosystems cope with environmental changes and may even lead to preventative action for negative changes.


Conservation Officer

Identifiable as the police force of the environment, Conservation Officers patrol all natural areas to ensure the environment’s safety. They are responsible for enforcing provincial and federal regulations governing the protection of wildlife, fisheries and natural resources.

Conservation Officers monitor designated natural areas for human behavior that might be hazardous to the environment and wildlife. They also build strong relationships throughout the community to ensure the public takes an environmentally-friendly approach when it comes to enjoying our natural surroundings. Most importantly, Conservation Officers re-enforce environmental regulations by issuing fines, tickets, and by filing reports for crown prosecutors in the court process.

This job is meant for someone who has an interest in biology, outdoor activities, legal studies, geography and mathematics. It is a profession that fuses all these subjects into one, with the main focus being to protect all natural resources and to answer the public’s concerns.  They work both in the field and in their offices to ensure the maximum amount of environmental protection.

Waste Management Specialist

A wasteful planet means a constant demand for Waste Management Specialists. These practitioners play a key role in minimizing the impact of waste on the environment. Traveling to various companies and corporations, these specialists conduct waste audits involving extensive research, interviewing and writing to create action plans that will help companies regulate their disposal, handling and storage of wastes. This will include investigating certain consumable products popular to the client to determine the best way to dispose of them.

Working with finance they budget the preparations necessary to implement all waste plan initiatives. Along the way these specialists are also responsible for training their clients so that they can be self-sufficient in their eco-friendly ways. This job is very hands on and for those who are strong minded and can make decisions and coordinate work. Planning, implementing and managing systems, Waste Management Specialists maximize waste prevention and recycling opportunities.

Environmental Assessment Analyst

Before a new building project is undertaken, many factors are taken into consideration. One of the most important factors is what effect their building will have on the environment and corresponding wildlife habitats. To ensure that all environmental regulations and legislations are upheld during construction, the Environmental Assessment Analyst is called. 

The analysts gather data and information from the site and review case studies from similar developments to outline the potential environmental consequences of the project.  They also identify ways to mitigate any potential damage they have identified. 

It is their duty to maintain the environmental awareness for legislations and proper procedure and they run routine inspections throughout all building processes to ensure this.


When extreme weather hits and devastates a landscape, it is due to the work of Meteorologists that people are safely prepared for what is to come. This job saves lives and involves risky judgment calls that are vital to many industries. 

Forecasts are issued as a result of the extensive study of weather data using satellite, radar, and other software. After researching and analyzing data, the next step is to predict what will happen next. Many lives depend on these predictions so the job is in high demand for trained and skilled individuals.  Land goers are not the only ones who are dependent on the work of Meteorologists: aviation stations as well as marine channels are all kept well-informed.

Meteorologists can also collect other environmental data including air pollution, allergens and UV levels for the scientific community. The knowledge gained from their work is also applied to the agriculture, forestry and transportation industries.

Want to find out more about the different environmental careers available, and see if you would make a good fit? Check out ECO Canada's occupational profiles and video library for a day-in-the-life of environmental professionals.