Development Director
Washington Wildlife And Recreation Coalition
• Political science majors are often hired by environmental lobbying and non-profit citizens groups, however a variety of college majors are needed.
• Passion for environmental causes and networking are the two most important ingredients in a green jobs search.
• Green Drinks, a green jobs networking event, is a good place for recent graduates to find connections that can lead to employment in organizations like the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition lobbies to protect wild habitats, parks, and working farms. As Director of Development, Carrie Bates works with donors who care about protecting Washington's quality of life now and for future generations. Carrie highlighted the great work that the organization does in Washington State, including leveraging funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and for the Land and Water Conservation Program.
Office And Program Assistant
Washington Native Plant Society
• Many majors can be useful in environmental advocacy, but environmental engineering is one of the more prominent.
• Work in environmental consulting is more profitable than work in non-profits. Environmental consulting firms hire from a number of majors including botany, fisheries management, forestry and wildlife biology.
• Two exciting and growing new green technologies include DNA sequencing and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
The Washington Native Plant Society mission includes conservation, advocacy, and public outreach to protect Washington State's native plants. Linda Ellis, a retired landscape architect, works at the Seattle headquarters coordinating volunteers and managing several WNPS projects.

The society has hired interns from the University of Washington. Linda also specifically mentioned the programs at Edmonds Community College as another great educational resource.

Two emerging technologies that appear to have a bright future include GIS and DNA Sequencing. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a technology that can be helpful in many green careers, including Botany. DNA sequencing is a leading science that has led to far greater understanding of plant taxonomy.
Outreach And Media Coordinator
Nature Consortium
• Experiential learning: Volunteering with Nature Consortium offers hands-on conservation experience to add to one's resume.
• Tech-savvy: In the non-profit world, a large portion of the target audience is wired into some form of media. Social media skills are a great plus for environmental professionals who are able to take their organization's message and meet people where they are already spending much of their time.
• Area of need: Fundraising is a talent as much as a skill. Organizations like Nature Consortium value team members who can offer this ability.
The rich natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest make the combination of the arts and environmental conservation an easy pairing. Nature Consortium is a grassroots, community-based organization whose mission is to connect people, arts and nature. They produce a Youth Art Program, an Urban Forest Restoration Project and the Arts in Nature Festival.
The Youth Art Program teaches youth about the environment while discovering their creative talents. Nature Consortium offers a variety of classes designed to increase participants' artistic skill and environmental knowledge, positive identity, connection to the environment and social competence. In West Seattle's Duwamish Greenbelt, volunteers with the Urban Forest Restoration Project remove invasive plant species, add mulch, clean up litter, and install native plants. The Arts In Nature Festival is an experiential performing-arts based event, which includes a wide variety of live music performances, dance troupes, aerial & fire performances, interactive arts activities, illuminaria, and sound & visual installations in 8 rustic cabins creating a Museum of Sound that festival attendees can explore and interact with.
Seattle has a large network of environmental organizations like Nature Consortium. Outreach and Media coordinator Monica Thomas also mentioned the long history of environmental programs at local universities. Both the University of Washington and Washington State University have long-established programs in environmental sciences. The University of Washington's School of Forest Resources has been operating for over 100 years. This extensive environmental network makes Seattle a great market for green and environmental professionals.
Communications Director
NW Energy Coalition
• Professionals focused on seeking out policy-focused networks should consider organizations like Climate Solutions, Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington League of Conservation Voters.
• Internships: for students looking to gather policy experience, organizations like NW Energy Coalition often consider candidates for summer internships. Being connected to their network of partners sometimes offers access to job availabilities that wouldn't normally be accessible to the general public.
• Inroads to policy careers: While many professionals start off working at an entry level policy position in green and environmental advocacy organizations or in departmental offices of municipal or state government, another possible career path would be to start out as a communications director for an advocacy group and build adequate knowledge of the issues and key players in order to make a switch to policy.
For 30 years the NW Energy Coalition has advocated a clean and affordable energy future for the region, promoting development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer protection, low-income energy assistance, and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Recently, the coalition has focused on transitioning the region off of coal, playing an instrumental role in the plans to transition Portland General Electric's Boardman Power Plant off of coal generated power by 2020. They also took a central role in advocating for the transition off of coal power at Washington's Trans Alta power plant by half in 2020 and completely off-line in 2025. "People don't realize that coal creates most of our air pollution in Washington, despite the small percentage of energy production in the state that it represents," said Communications Director Marc Krasnowsky, "A lot of people don't realize that coal power is there. They see hydro power and assume our power in the region is completely clean."

Another main thrust of NW Energy Coalition's recent work has been advocating for energy transmission policies that will overcome the barriers that divide energy-balancing areas. Certain geographical areas and bureaucratic areas can cause local control issues surrounding energy transmission, and the coalition has been involved in a West-wide plan that will minimize the need for new transmission lines by focusing first on energy efficiency, better use of existing lines, and freeing transmission reserved for coal and other energy interests. "We need to get people on adjustable transmission schedules to share equipment," said Krasnowsky, "This is different that what transmission operators are used to."

Beyond their numerous, ongoing policy projects, NW Energy Coalition's website holds an extensive archive of clean energy policy resources for professionals who need to remain up-to-speed on regional energy policy. A recent post on their website noted that the recent completion of the 6th Northwest Power Plan could cause a net creation of 47,000 jobs attributable to clean energy efforts in the region in the next 20 years, a good sign that Seattle market will continue to be a competitive green and environmental jobs market.
Program Manager
Washington Water Trust
• Washington Water Trust regularly offers internships in the summer and during university semesters to students studying environmental science and/ or demonstrate a passion for water use issues.
• A unique career path: Although the staff for many water trust organizations have a majority of members with an environmental science background, one could possibly transition from a real estate background to trust work if there was a knowledge purchasing laws, as well as a grasp of the economics, water law, agriculture, fisheries, and hydrology involved in water trust work.
• Professionals looking to network in the Seattle area should consider attending or volunteering for the Washington Water Trust's annual fundraising event to connect with other water conservation community members.
Since 1998, Washington Water Trust has been working to restore stream flows that help sustain the fisheries, water quality and recreational resources vital to everyone. The trust brokers arrangements for stream water-use deals with support from Washington state Department of Ecology, as well as working closely with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and private landowners. Project Manager Amanda Cronin works closes with water users to develop water use solutions that are market based and end in a win-win result for water-users and stream managers. Adequate stream flow is critical for native fish such as salmon and steelhead, yet many Washington streams have become flow limited as demands increase for shared water resources. Using the Washington State Trust Water Program and cooperating with diverse partners, Washington Water Trust's innovative and market-based projects protect and restore Washington streams while honoring the values of its partners. For environmental professionals seeking out job leads in the region, Washinton Water Trust partners at The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program are well connected with regional water-use organizations who may have job openings. Emerging professionals can gain water conservation experience by volunteering with the Washington Water Trust and reading about current issues in environmental flows and water conservation work. For further information visit http://washingtonwatertrust.org/get-involved .
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