One of the most common questions I get from students around this time of year is “Where should I look for a job?”
The question they actually are asking is “where ONLINE should I look for a job?”, and it’s the wrong question. The vast majority of jobs for students are filled informally, without a search.
I always have extra work, and when I manage to have money + work that needs to be done, I usually tend to hire people I know–either a good past student, or someone recommended by a friend.
For full-time jobs, the question is a bit more relevant, but still, applying online doesn’t yield the results that using your network of contacts will. If I happen to know someone involved in a search, and I send them a copy of your recommendation letter directly….yeah, that immediately moves your resume up to the top of the pile.
So, before I give you my list of places online to look at: Let me ask, what is the ratio of time you are spending pasting your resume online to the amount of time spent chatting with your friends and professional contacts about where you want to go?
My favorite places to look for Ecological/Environmental type jobs:
- Ecolog-l (includes graduate assistantships)
- Society of Conservation Biology (includes graduate assistantships)
- Student Conservation Association
- Environmental Education Jobs
- Audubon Society Jobs
- Nature Conservancy Jobs
- National Association for Interpretation (sadly, all jobs require a login)
- Society for Plant Biology (includes graduate assistantships)
- Studentjobs.gov (The feds consider you a “student” up to a year after you graduate!)
- Organization of Biological Field Stations
Two other things to try:
- There are a lot of new job indexes that basically work by harvesting other websites. Indeed.com is a good example of that type of service.
- Don’t forget to look at local university and state websites! While the funding may be shaky long term, for those starting out in the job market, there are usually lots of opportunities.
Have I missed an important resource? Please suggest it in the comments!
[Note: I will be especially harsh on spammers for this post–if you are suggesting a link, it needs to relate specifically to finding job postings in environmental science/conservation]
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