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Green Careers

A green job is broadly defined as is any job that supports environmental and social responsibility. Green jobs encompass a wide array of professions including environmental science, conservation, environmental health and toxicology, engineering, research, policy, advocacy, management, alternative energy, and green building. These jobs are geared to help protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.

As the green technology market expands further into the future, Skyline College is committed to providing our students with informational green energy resources to help expand their knowledge, awareness and to point them in the right direction.

Green Career Resources

  • Post your resume to the Skyline Career Center ‘s online jobs portal, Skyline Jobs. Students are encouraged to join to get special access to jobs intended for the Skyline College campus community, including jobs in green and sustainable companies and organizations. Fill out your profile and post your resume.
  • The Career Center in Building 1 has a number of resources, including individual career counseling, career action orientations and other workshops and classes on job searching, on-campus recruiting and job fairs, and career assessments for work preferences.
  • The SparkPoint at Skyline College houses a number of resources including tax preparation assistance, financial literacy training and savings assistance, food pantry, English Learner Services, Grove Scholars scholarships for career technical college programs, and other programs.
  • The Disability Resource Center and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) at Skyline College offer skill and employment services.
  • The Occupational Information Network (commonly called O*NET), a project of the US Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration, developed a comprehensive index of green jobs listed by “Standard Occupational Classifications” (SOC codes). This is a great place to look for job titles, average earnings, required skills and training, and related fields, occupations and skillsets. Search by keyword of job occupation. 
  • Department of Labor‘s Career One Stop Green Careers Page: Resources and descriptions of occupations, including general wage, training, and job outlook by state. 
  • Efficiency First is an industry advocacy organization for the home performance energy efficiency industry. It has offices in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, and was started by Matt Golden who ran home performance contracting companies in the Bay Area. The organization advocates for policies, incentives, and industry standards. It has best practice committees and does state and local organizing. There are some interesting position papers and research papers at the organization’s website. Becoming a member offers access to their webinar series.
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Bay Area Chapter in San Francisco supports the national advocacy organization and offers credentialing programs and a range of monthly events valuable for professionals in the residential remodeling industry. Increasingly, the organization expresses interest in energy efficiency and renewable products and services.
  • The Association of Energy Affordability (AEA) is the premier industry association for residential, multifamily energy efficiency. Their main office is in New York, but due to the momentum in California for multifamily energy efficiency, the AEA created an office in Emeryville. The organization has wide-ranging services, portfolio management, technical assistance to developers, program management, research, and energy efficiency and Weatherization training.
  • The Electric & Gas Industries Association is a multiservice organization that promotes energy efficiency and renewables for contractors and utilities. The organization offers a terrific webinar series, the Leadership Academy, a valuable resource for Skyline energy students.
  • The Peninsula Builders Exchange in San Carlos offers resources for commercial contractors. One of their main services is to disseminate and coordinate commercial and public contract bids. There are offices of the Builders exchange in several counties around the Bay Area.
  • Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) — a community organization dedicated to the long-term health of our county’s economy, environment and social equity
  • International Rivers Network —Supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds
  • Fauna and Flora International (FFI) —Acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing sustainable solutions, based on science, and taking account of human needs
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District —Regional government agency that regulates sources of air pollution within the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties
  • California Coastal Commission —Dedicated to protecting California's coast.
  • Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) —Independent, nonprofit membership organization that works to address the worldwide problem of coral reef destruction
  • Tropical Rainforest Coalition —Preserving tropical rainforest ecosystems, their indigenous peoples, and cultures through local volunteerism and community education, and international technical and financial support
  • Planet Drum Foundation —Founded in 1973 to provide an effective grassroots approach to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination, and regional self-reliance
  • Scroungers' Center for Re-usable Art Parts (SCRAP) —Nonprofit store and workshop providing re-usable and recycled art supplies to art and community groups. Inventory consists of surplus textiles, paper, buttons, plastics, and more
  • Mount Diablo Interpretive Association —Nonprofit organization which assists in the interpretive activities of Mount Diablo State Park, one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • California Oaks Foundation —Protecting and preserving California's native oak woodlands and the wildlife habitat and watershed benefits they provide
  • San Mateo County Parks Foundation —Contains information on San Mateo County Parks and the Foundation to support those parks.