Jobs in Sustainability: Career Sites and Employment Listings

If you're looking for a job in the sustainability sector, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of online resources available. While websites aren't the only place to find a career in a green industry, they're a good way of learning about the different roles available and what skills you might need to land the role of your dreams. Here's our roundup of some of the best places to start your search.

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If you’re looking to get started on a ‘green’ career but are not entirely sure which field is right for you and how to get your foot in the door, take a look at this green career guide by Learn How to Become. It’s a little US-centric but offers some good insight into what’s fueling green job growth and finding employment in the sustainability sector.

If you’re looking for further information about specific jobs and careers within the sustainability sector, this guide from Owl Guru (again geared towards the US but contains some good general information) breaks down multiple professional possibilities, detailing what’s required to get started and salary expectations, and helping candidates make sound decisions regarding their career.

Jobs in Sustainable Development


Devex makes the impressive claim of connecting and informing “one million development, health humanitarian and sustainability professionals”. Probably the largest provider of recruiting services in the world for those sectors, as well as a classic job search page, they also offer online events, tips on writing a winning CV and job advice for recent graduates.


Primarily an information portal with information on global crises and disasters to help humanitarian workers organise effective responses, ReliefWeb also has a comprehensive job listing section for development workers, where you can filter by region, speciality and experience.

United Nations Development Program

All of the vacancies currently available within the UNDP – fields include Governance & Peace Building, Resilience & Climate Change and Gender Equality, among many others.


Want to improve the lives of children around the world? UNICEF’s job listings cover vacancies across the 190 countries where they are on the ground.

Idealist Careers

Previously a section of and now its own independent site, Idealist Careers lists not just paid jobs but also international internship and volunteer opportunities throughout the world – a great way for passionate environmentalists to gain an entry-level position and valuable experience.

Jobs in Environmental Protection 

United Nations Environment Programme

If you’re an environmental expert – or hope to be one some day – the UNEP careers site advertises all of the vacancies that they are currently offering in the field of global environmental governance. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

CLIMATE-L Community

A service provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this jobs portal compiles international job opportunities in the field of climate change.

While the jobs listings are pretty US-centric, the careers section of this website is a handy tool for recent graduates with a degree in Environmental Science or a related programme, with information on different career paths, how to get into them and even a salary comparison tool.


A media company that focuses on the sustainable development community and clean tech in the Asia Pacific region, Eco-Business‘s job site is a great place to go if you specialise in that region. It also includes opportunities from other countries around the world, and handy information about international conferences and possible networking events.

Environment Jobs

With a clean and simple interface and a straightforward search function, Environment Jobs lists a diverse variety of green job opportunities, and claims to have 50,000 unique users visit their site every week.


Jobs in Public Health

World Health Organisation

Working for the World Health Organisation means possibly being assigned to any one of their duty stations around the world – a unique opportunity for candidates who want to travel and support public health throughout the globe.

Global Health Hub

Not a typical jobs site as such but more a collection of resources, the Global Health Hub careers opportunities page lists leading global health employers and also other useful information such as how and where to apply for grants in the field.

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