Maintaining a website such as the RangeBiome, RangeNet, Range Watch complex is no small chore, and I have been neglecting this editorials section for quite some time. Either that, or I did not have an opinion about anything.
Being opinionated (and proud of it), I attribute the neglect to working on other items. One of those other items is culling through news and alerts from various "lists" for material to repost to my RangeTree County broadcast list, and to A Public Rangeland Forum. This is where I noticed that environmental organizations are advertising a lot of job openings lately.
Just within my limited sphere of operations, I have posted fifteen job announcements from various organizations to A Public Rangeland Forum since September first. I did a quick check of another online listing of environmental jobs that Envirolink maintains, Green Dream Jobs. There too, it appears that the number of environmental job announcements posted during October has been considerably above normal.
Late winter or early spring are the normal hiring seasons for environmental jobs, not fall. "Self", I said to myself, "What is going on?" So I looked a little closer at the jobs I had been posting to the forum. Low paying jobs? No. Jobs with major national organizations? No. Office help? No.
Most of the jobs I have been posting are for management positions at salaries generally ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 plus benefits! While perhaps not up to corporate standards, these salaries are definitely not starvation wages and are similar to what could be expected for similar jobs in the government sector. And, the organizations that are doing this hiring are local and regional organizations or coalitions of local and regional organizations! Clearly, something is going on here.
What did I find at Green Dream Jobs? Well, the folks at Envirolink are heavy hitters playing in a global market, so I found a different mix of the kinds of folks who are listing jobs there including corporations, universities, and some international organizations. The interesting thing was the number of corporations one would not think of as being a natural resource based business that are hiring environmental people, usually with the words "risk" and/or "assessment" as part of the job description. One that I found particularly interesting was from the brokerage house of Salomon Smith Barney:
Salomon Smith Barney
Social/Enviro Researcher, NYC
The investment firm of Salomon Smith Barney in New York wishes to hire a social
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree (MBA or CFA) and a
Resume & cover letter to
I think it is clear that an increasing number of employers and corporations are beginning to "get it", and that the future is bright for the environmental movement.
While the life-blood of environmental organizations is still volunteerism, this trend toward a core of permanent, well paid staffs of professionals at the local and regional levels cannot help but strengthen the movement.
So, where is the money to hire these folks coming from? Perhaps mobilizing the opposition is the one and only contribution the 105th Congress has made to the environment! Will the backlash continue into the voting booth? One can hope.............AND VOTE!