Yesterday the Conservation Council of Ontario held an Environmental Careers Discussion Panel. Roughly 40 people, ranging from students to established professionals gathered to listen to four panelists give advice on how to get into and stay within an environmental career. While my main goal is to eventually have a career in science communication, the environmental subculture has a lot of appeal. The science behind conservation can be biological, geological, technological and everything in between.
Indeed, one of the messages I took away from the discussion was to be flexible. Just because your current position is not meant to be environmental, does not mean you cannot introduce environmentalism into it. Whether it’s as small as introducing composting to your office building to using your position as a program coordinator to focus on sustainable initiatives.
Another take away message was to do what you can outside of the professional sphere. If you are interested in environmentalism, volunteer with a society that promotes action locally. If you are interested in communication, get online and start blogging. Put yourself out there, and be bold.