When we started to think about all of the jobs that you could do to help protect and restore nature, it got a little complicated. There are so many different types of job, or even the same job but with a different job title, it can be confusing.
And then there are the same jobs that mean different things in different employment sectors. See what we mean? We also wanted to give you the lowdown on what all these jobs do, how much you can earn in the early years, and what are the good bits and not-so-good bits about these roles.
Types of Green Jobs
So we have grouped example jobs by type of job, and then type of employer, to help you explore about what kind of green job for nature might be right for you. Most of the examples on this website are entry-level or mid-level roles but we have included some more senior roles to give you a flavour of where your career can take you. Use the links below to find out more.
Advisers play a key role in helping people and organisations, including farmers, businesses, local authorities and land managers, manage their land and development projects in ways that protect and enhance nature.
A conservation worker is usually practically involved in managing habitats, whether on land, sea or wetlands, to help animal and plant species survive and thrive.
Data and Mapping
Data analysts and mappers take all the information that has been collected, analyse it, and present it in ways that are easy to understand.
Ecologists typically spend their time undertaking surveys, identifying issues or potential issues that could harm the natural world, and coming up with plans and actions to prevent or minimize it.
Environmental educators help people learn about the natural world, its importance, and how to protect it. They are ambassadors for nature.
Media and Communications
Media and communications workers can help represent conservation and environmental causes to the public, and act as a crucial way of spreading information and advocating for the natural world.
Policy specialists draw on evidence to try and influence politicians to develop or amend environmental policy and legislation to deliver better outcomes for nature.
Project managers help run conservation projects, campaigns, and reserves. They may have knowledge of both environmental factors and business management, and have a wide range of skills.
Green jobs are so diverse that some jobs don’t fit within an easily definable category.
Researchers help us understand the natural world, including the factors affecting the distribution of animals and plants and how to help them when species are in trouble. Undertaking research to learn more about nature is critically important to nature’s recovery.