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Job and Career Resources

Congratulations on completing your Conservation Legacy term!

Below are resources to help you in taking the next steps in your career.

 

CORPS JOBS 

Did you love your Conservation Legacy term but want to see what conservation corps work is like in a different part of the country? 

Conservation Legacy: Keep an eye on this website! Conservation Legacy has programs and internships across the country, as well as opportunities to join our staff! Check out all of Conservation Legacy's programs - there are seasons starting year-round in our offices across the nation.

Ancestral Lands | Appalachian Conservation Corps | Arizona Conservation Corps | Conservation Corps North Carolina | Conservation Corps New Mexico | Southwest Conservation Corps | Southeast Conservation Corps | Stewards Individual Placements Program

Conservation Corps Jobs: A great place to see many conservation corps jobs from many different organizations and locations! 

The Corps Jobs Exchange: This Facebook group connects youth corps members with career-oriented opportunities where they can build on their corps experience. Be sure to check out "Recent Posts by Others" to see additional opportunities from our partners and sponsors! 

The Corps Network: Want to work for a different corps? There are always new openings at corps across the country. Check to see if a corps near you is hiring!

The Student Conservation Association: SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Peace Corps: The Peace Corps is an international service opportunity. Volunteers work with local leaders in their host country to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Are you ready for the hardest job you'll ever love? Reach out to a Peace Corps recruiter in your state or region - those who do have a 55% more likely to become volunteers.

CONSERVATION JOBS

Conservation Job Board: Find jobs in conservation, natural resources, ecology, wildlife, forestry, botany, marine biology, fisheries, and environmental education.

Texas A&M Job: A great place to find biology and conservation related jobs, internships, seasonal or full time work, graduate assistantships, and more.

National Wildlife Federation: You can search for jobs, internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities. Internship opportunities are nationwide and in the areas of conservation, education, fundraising, communications, legal work, and publications.

Grassroots Job Source: Nationwide internships and job opportunities in education, conservation, agriculture, sustainability, etc.

The Nature Conservancy: Apply to work at one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world.

GOVERNMENT JOBS 

Want to work for the National Park Service, the Forest Service or the BLM? The place to look for all of those jobs, and more, is USA Jobs! 

Applying for jobs on USAJobs can be a little tricky. It is highly recommended that you read up on some tips before creating a profile. The USA Jobs help center has some helpful tips.

There are also plenty of great tutorials on YouTube.

Employers of National Service: Employers of National Service connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. There are over 600 organizations in the network!

State Jobs: Also consider looking into state jobs! Most states have a website where state jobs, including jobs in state parks, are listed. (Local Resources at bottom of page)

OUTDOOR JOBS

Love working outdoors but tired of swinging a pick all day? There are tons of opportunities that will get you outside! Consider working with a guiding program, working at a resort, working as an environmental educator, or working at a summer camp. 

Backdoor Jobs: has listings for short-term adventure jobs and international opportunities. 

Coolworks: Jobs in great places! Features short-term jobs, summer jobs, and non-government jobs within many national parks. 

Outdoor Industry Jobs: Includes winter sports, bike industry, and flyfishing jobs, as well as many others! 

Outdoor Ed: A list of current outdoor education jobs.

Resort Jobs: Features worldwide resort jobs with ski and snowboard resorts, camps, national parks, cruise ships, restaurants and hotels 

NOLS Alumni E-mail List: specifically for alumni of a NOLS course or a Wilderness Medicine Institute course, but a great resource for outdoor jobs. (Scroll to bottom of webpage to sign up for the newsletter!)

Cyber-Sierra's Natural Resources: Links from this site provide access to postings to jobs and internships in categories including GIS, Environment, Forestry, Natural Resources, Watershed, and Wildlife.

NON PROFIT JOBS

Idealist.com: A job search engine for non profit jobs across the country. 

Nonprofit-jobs.org: Listings of current non profit openings. 

Indeed.com: A more general job search engine, but a great way to search for jobs by region or interest, and can be filtered to show non profit openings. 

CAREER RESOURCES

Need help creating a resume, working on a cover letter, or other application tips? 

Guide: Nonprofit and Education Outdoor Career Opportunities: Introduction and guide to pursuing a career in outdoor nonprofit or outdoor education. Courtesy of Transforming Youth Outdoors in Partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service. 

Guide: For Profit Sector Outdoor Career Opportunities: Introduction and guide to pursuing a career in the for-profit sector in outdoor recreation or natural resources. Courtesy of TYO: Transforming Youth Outdoors in Partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service. 

Resume-help.org & ResumeGenius: Has plenty of sample resumes to look at, as well as helpful tips. 

Georgetown University: Has a simple guide for writing a cover letter. 

CSUs Cover Letter Guides: Options to see examples by academic discipline, including natural resources and natural sciences. Browse this resource page for more information.

Career Webinars: Select from a variety of webinars through AmeriCorps Alums about career paths, graduate school and resume help. Past webinars are often posted.

Glassdoor: Provides tips for writing an A+ cover letter.

Indeed: Provides great interview suggestions.

Also, if you are a current or former college student don't be afraid to reach out to your college's career center! Most colleges and universities have folks on staff who can sit down with you and help you build or edit your resume, even if you've already graduated.

NETWORKING

LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a form of social media more focused on professional networking. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, consider making one. There are tons of Conservation Legacy and SCC alumni you can connect with on LinkedIn, take advantage of it!

AmeriCorps Alums: Employers specifically look for AmeriCorps alumni to fill open positions and will post openings on this site! There are also monthly meet-ups and service events in most major cities. (Click "Jobs for Alums" on the right-hand side of the webpage for the search function).

VISTA Campus Job Board: A job board for VISTA or AmeriCorps alum. The positions on this board are paid staff and VISTA leader jobs (these are not volunteer positions).

LOCAL RESOURCES

Arizona State Jobs website

Grand Canyon Trust Youth Job Board: Listing of open conservation positions from Grand Canyon Trust and associated partners across the Colorado Plateau.

Virginia State Jobs website

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Get out there and make the world a better place! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and take part in your community. 

There are many volunteer search engines, a few good ones are: 

Peace Corps

You must have a bachelors degree to become a Peace Corps volunteer, but volunteers are needed in many locations around the world. Commit to two years of service abroad. 

WOOFing

You can search the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms website and check out volunteer opportunities on different organic farms. Most volunteers work for food and a place to stay, but some may get a small stipend too. The length of your stay at the farm is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between one and two weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months. 

Bike & Build

Bike and Build is a great option for bike enthusiasts 18-25 (and leaders up to 28). Bike and Build organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups. You join a team of other young people and ride your bike from coast to coast, while building houses along the way. Each member needs to raise money for affordable housing causes and train beforehand, but no extensive cycling experience is necessary. 

St. Louis Emergency Response Team 

AmeriCorps St. Louis has a specific Emergency Disaster team responding to natural disasters across the country. Based in Missouri, teams are deployed in local counties, as well as national incidents.

Red Cross

Volunteer with Red Cross and help people whose lives have been effected by natural disasters. 

Consider another AmeriCorps term! 

AmeriCorps: Use this search engine to find the perfect program for you. You can search by state and/or interest. Programs vary from health, environment, education, disaster relief and more. 

AmeriCorps NCCC: is a full-time, 10 month team-based residential program for adults ages 18-24. NCCC develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

Food Corps: partners with AmeriCorps and places emerging leaders into limited-resource schools for a year of service implementing our three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. FoodCorps members teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition, build and tend school gardens and teach cooking lessons so kids can taste the fresh food they’ve grow, and change what’s on children’s lunch trays, giving them healthy food from local farms.