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?
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
This post is a continuation of my rant from last week about the availability of green, environmental and infrastructure jobs. I want to make sure that people know that green jobs are more than green/clean energy technology and that more jobs are opening everyday. Here is a list of the top places to look for these jobs.
Linked In Groups: Recruiters post jobs in the career discussion tabs of Linked In daily. It is one of the best places to connect directly with corporate and executive recruiters.
Twitter: It is a little harder to use Twitter to find a job because you have to follow the right people. However, there are many recruiters and companies who auto tweet their positions daily. Follow me @hintons and you will see some jobs.
Face Book: Just because Face Book has a reputation for being more social does not mean that serious job opportunities do not exist. Look for the groups and pages that post green jobs.
Specialty and Professional Society Job Boards: There are many specialty job boards like ASCE.org, Civil Engineering Central, NSPE.org and MyWaterPlantjobs.com which carry strong job opportunities.
Environmental Expert: This is one of my favorite sites because they list companies products, services and jobs from all over the world. They also have a list of conferences that are ripe with networking opportunities.
What You Need To Do To Get Noticed
If you are looking for one of these types of jobs here are some tips to increase your chances of getting an interview:
Connect and converse with the recruiters on social media: There is always more information beyond the job posting you need to know. If you build a relationship with recruiter, it will increase your chances of getting noticed.
Do not let your frustration get the best of you: I know from experience that it is frustrating when you get multiple rejections from a recruiter or employer but do not read into them as a personal vendetta. Learn from them. Venting your frustration on a recruiter or employer only burns bridges.
Make sure your resume and social media profile match:Employers and recruiters do take look at social media profiles when considering a candidate. Errant and inappropriate information can haunt you.
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Climate Change, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for Corporate Environmental Project Manager for a international manufacturing company in Colorado. Ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of demonstrated experience in environmental remediation in a manufacturing business plus the following abilities, experience and skills:
Ability to develop and implement cost-effective and practical remediation strategies according to laws and regulations of the US or foreign countries. Develop budgets and cost estimates for all projects plus apply appropriate risk management tools and criteria
Demonstrated experience and understanding of the impact of environmental liabilities and regulations on manufacturing operations plus ability to advise internal business units on solid and hazardous waste management; recycling, wastewater and storm water management, air emission management, pollution prevention and resource conservation, underground storage tanks
Demonstrated experience leading site investigation and remediation projects worldwide including environmental and safety due diligence for acquisitions, divestitures and site closures,
Manage remediation contractors and consultants and interface with inside/outside counsel to ensure compliance with applicable law and regulations.
Conduct public presentations of project results during community and regulatory meetings.
Use lifecycle analysis across the manufacturing operations and supply chain to cut resource (energy, water and raw materials) usage and find new streams of income through recycling or waste resuse
BS in Environmental, Civil Engineering, Geology or Environmental science