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If your goal is to get into the environmental job sector, there’s no time like the present, experts say. After all, even though close to 200,000 people currently are employed by the federal government in the environmental field, up to 50 percent of them are eligible for retirement soon. If you wish to claim an environmental job with the federal government and want to what type of training you’ll need, here are four top agencies you should consult to pursue your dream green job opportunities.
1) Bureau of Land Management: This federal bureau manages public lands that can take advantage of the opportunities to mass produce renewable energy such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy. Coal, oil and gas operations also fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. A wide variety of jobs are available with this bureau, from a planning and environmental coordinator ($57,000 to $96,000 annual salary) or forestry technician in Oregon ($31,000 to $51,000 annual salary) to a secretary or recreation assistant in Alaska.
2) Forest Service: This federal service aims to boost the health and use of America’s forests and grasslands. You can choose to claim a job as an operations assistant or even get your feet wet in this critical green field by becoming a paid student trainee. Other career options with the Forest Service include those of a firefighter ($11.95 to $15 per hour).
3) Department of the Interior: This federal department works to safeguard the United States’ heritage and natural resources in addition to providing energy for the future. Your future job with the Department of the Interior could include that of an animal caretaker; botanist; engineer; guide; realty specialist; secretary; or even a tribal accounts manager. Jobs are available via several bureaus, including the Fish and Wildlife Service or the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The Bureau of Land Management also belongs to the Department of the Interior.
4) Environmental Protection Agency: This well-known agency is focused on managing climate change and ensuring that chemicals are safely used. Whether you wish to become an information technology specialist, economist or lead microbiologist in Virginia ($105,000 to $137,000 annual salary), the Environmental Protection Agency could have a spot for you.
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