Environmental Jobs Are A Knowledge and Relationship Driven Market
Have you heard the saying "It's not what you know but who you know." In this "new normal" economy, knowledge and relationships as well as strong skills are the keys to acquiring high level environmental jobs. If you are a environmental engineering or science graduate or experienced environmental professional seeking a new position, here are some important knowledge areas and skills you need to showcase in your resume in 2013 .
Knowledge of Environmental Regulations: New and updated environmental regulations will force companies to find ways to stay in compliance. Environmental professionals will have to translate these changes into solutions that meet compliance and lessen financial liabilities. Environmental regulations are a key driver for the creation of environmental jobs.
Knowledge of Sustainability Principles: It is important to understand that Sustainability has different definitions and levels of acceptance in different industries. If you are seeking corporate environmental jobs, learning these definitions and how to develop profit streams from them will lead stronger opportunities.
Business Development/Sales : Relationships are a key component of environmental jobs. Environmental professionals must have "relationship capital" ( ie. trust and expertise) with qualified clients, regulators and stakeholders to sell their services and bring in profits over the long term
Technical Skills & Knowledge of New Environmental Technologies: Professionals who can execute the basic technical tasks of their profession using the latest environmental technologies will find it somewhat easier to protect their careers because they can pursue opportunities in consulting, corporate and entrepreneurship.
Financial Management & Project Funding: Many new environmental projects will require private investment, alternate funding sources like crowd funding and a higher level of financial accountability. There will many clients who will be dependent on these resources to pay for their projects. Strong environmental consultants will know how to pull these funds together.
Project Management: Environmental professionals will have to be more adept at project management; coaching, motivating and recruiting people as well as interpreting the new domestic and international environmental regulations. All of these areas will have a significant impact on the profitability and delivery of projects.
Knowledge of Cyber Security: Why would an environmental professional need to know about this? Good question. Certain parts of our country's infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber attacks and could be used create massive disasters, if breached. Many new environmental jobs in the information technology space will focus on infrastructure cyber security, disaster prevention and recovery.
Political & Legal Savvy: Environmental and infrastructure projects are often politically charged because of the fight between environmental concerns and the need to create jobs. Environmental professionals will have to navigate these issues without losing sight of their client's objectives. Further, they will have to learn how to engage the public on complex environmental topics.
Environmental Jobs Will Be Hot For Years to Come. Are You Ready?
In a past articles, we have discussed how much the environmental industry has grown and some of the sectors that growing faster than average. I will continue this trend but I want to hear from our readers. Here is what I like to know
What areas of the environmental sectors interest you?
Regional Director of Federal Environmental Programs
Environmental Professionals Are in High Demand
Location: San Diego, CA
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for Regional Director of Federal Environmental Programs for a international environmental consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of demonstrated experience in environmental consulting plus the following skills and abilities:
Demonstrated experience of business development, program and project management of multi-million dollar environmental programs with governmental clients such DOD and DOD across western US
Ability to coordinate preparations of marketing plans, capture plans, SOQ’s, and proposals cross all west coast offices and operating units of the firm
Orchestrate strategic alliances with potential partners and Mentor/Protege firms
Oversee project execution, service delivery and technical production of project managers and staff
Work closely with company leadership on strategic business initiatives focused on federal clients
Knowledge of environmental regulations pertaining to federal programs
Someone once told me “if you want to find jobs or any opportunity in America – follow the money” $46 Billion is headed to US Port expansion on the east coast. Jobs anyone?
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The Ripple Effect On Jobs
U.S. port authorities and their private-sector partners are planning to invest up to $46 billion over the next five years in capital improvements in their marine operations and other properties, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). These projects are being done in response to the widening of the Panama Canal which will bring larger cargo ships and oil tankers to the east coast.
What these investments mean to you and me is simple: More jobs. Let me explain. In order for these facilities to handle the increased freight traffic every bridge, building, railway, road and tunnel for miles around the port must be upgraded. Congress is already considering a national transportation bill which will allocate federal monies for states to improve transportation infrastructure. The public and private investment into infrastructure upgrades could create thousands of long term jobs and stimulate thousands more through demand. For more information see the article below
A Hot Jobs for Civil Engineers and Other Careers
Here is a partial list of jobs that could be created:
Architect: Designs buildings
Building Information Modeler/CAD: assists architects and engineers by “drawing” structures with software.
Civil Engineers: Design roads, bridges, tunnels and utilities
Construction Management and Inspectors: Deal with construction issues
Environmental engineers and scientists: Deal with environmental compliance issues such as air and water quality.
Field workers/Trades: Do the “hands on” work of building
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure Markets is now searching for Water/Waste water Practice Leader for a national engineering consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of demonstrated experience in municipal waste water and water projects, distribution and collection systems, stormwater management and wetlands resource projects plus the following skills and abilities:
A demonstrated “Seller/Doer” track record of business development, project management and technical accomplishments in municipal water/waste water and water resources projects such as distribution and collection systems, storm water management and wetlands with Atlanta and Georgia based clients
Strong knowledge of local regulations, political and legal issues affecting water/waste water and water resources projects in the Georgia market
Oversee the work of mid level engineers and other staff members
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure Markets is now searching for Environmental Health & Safety Manager for a international specialty products company. Ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of demonstrated experience in one or more of the following industries: food/beverage, pharma, chemical or refining plus the following skills and abilities:
Oversee compliance with all EHS Regulations including interpreting existing and new regulations, creating, implementing and updating policies and auditing the facility for compliance.
Act as suject matter expert on BBS, process safety management; state air permitting regulations; POTW WW discharge permits; Hazardous Waste Disposal; Tier II; LOTO; Electrical Safety and CSE
Conduct all site environmental, health & safety training for new & existing employees and contractors. Lead the monthly employee safety committee to promote safety awareness and improve the overall safety of the facility by driving issues identified to closure.
Supervise all hazardous (LQG) and non-hazardous waste activities including generation, proper disposal of wastes and auditing receiving facilities for liability reduction.
Manage the facility Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program and maintaining permitting compliance with the local, state & federal regulators
Manage facility medical monitoring program. Communicate with the company physician so that all job related risks and hazards are realized. Integrate medical monitoring program into the facility industrial hygiene and safety programs.
Act as facility Emergency Coordinator (EC) and maintain 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training.
B.S. Degree in Environmental Engineering (highly preferred), Environmental Sciences, Occupational Health & Safety or similar degree.
Process Safety Management (PSM) experience is required
CHMM, CSP or other safety & environmental certifications are a strong plus
Excellent written, verbal, organizational and communications skills are required.