Resources for the job search.

Although I don’t necessarily suggest doing so because of the likelihood that career anxiety may follow, I make somewhat of a hobby of searching for jobs. Since my days as a Peer Advisor for the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis, I’ve enjoyed keeping abreast of the type of opportunities that may be available for my colleagues and I. Recently, several people have asked what type of resources I use, so I figured I might as well gather that list into a place that might be useful (keeping in mind that most jobs aren’t actually listed, and networking is your most valuable tool in the job search). Many of the links below are specific to international development and agriculture, but they may be helpful for people in relevant areas (e.g. malaria work) and may provide ideas of similar outlets for searching. It is also important to note that my bias is apparent here, as I am more likely than not to pursue an academic, public, and nonprofit route over any private entities, and my searches are typically focused on Latin America and the West Coast of the U.S.

I’m happy to take any recommendations if there are other sites you use, too! And, I’ll probably add to this list as I remember more places I check regularly.

General job searches:
Say what you will about the following sites, I do find them incredibly valuable for getting “a feel” for what’s out there.
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (for Davis graduates. I stay on the career listservs through the ICC, and your undergraduate institution may have something similar)

Environmental Job Boards:
Society of Conservation Biology (all professional societies have some job board, but I especially like this one)
EcoJobs (this requires secure login information, which I am happy to provide to my close friends)
John Muir Institute of the Environment
EcoAgriculture Partners
Duke Physiological Ecology Job Board

Specific Organizations
I keep my eye on the following organizations every now and again, although many of them will list their open positions on some of the above sites.

School for Field Studies
Organization for Tropical Studies
Institute of International Education

Conservation International
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
David and Lucille Packard Foundation
Fair Trade USA
World Resources Institute
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pacific Institute
MacArthur Foundation

Ag Innovations Network
Eco Farm’s Sustainable Ag Job List
Various advocacy groups, e.g. Pesticide Action Network and Community Alliance with Family Farms
Various Organic Certifiers, e.g. Oregon Tilth and California Certified Organic Farmers

International Development
World Affairs Council of Northern California
Global Fund for Women
Winrock International
Organization of American States
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

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