By Catherine Ryan
New York, NY (April 1, 2011)- According to Self magazine, urban forestry his a hot job field. Careers in earth-friendly fields are growing faster than you can say “tree hugger.” In fact, experts predict nearly 1.2 million new eco-gigs by 2012. Check out five we bet you’ve never considered, then nurture the planet while you work.
Hot Job: Urban Forester
Average annual income: $55,000
The scoop: You’ll plant and care for trees in parks and along city streets.
Why now: Trees soak up carbon dioxide and can cut cooling and hearting bills of adjacent buildings by up to 10 percent (The greenery shields buildings form the sun and protects them from wind.) That’s one reason more than 3,400 communities have committed hefty budgets (at least $2 per resident) to promoting urban tree care, according to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.
How to land it: Merge a backgroundin biology, environmental science or urban planning with a Certified Forester credential, the industry’s gold standard endorsement. Nab the qualification by studying forest management at a university accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Amp up your resume by volunteering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant saplings.
A day in the life: “To help the tree population thrive, I meet with building contractors to make sure they’re trimming or removing sick or old trees so branches won’t fall on pedestrians and buildings. I also do work beyond caring for trees, like talking to community members about their concerns, helping schools with tree-planting initiatives and, with the Scouts, cultivating gardens that attract butterflies. I love that I’m providing shade and beauty to neighborhoods for generations to come. Plus, I get to wear jeans to work every day.” -Deobrah Day, municipal arborist for the Parks and Recreation Department in Riverside, California.
Read about more Hot Green Jobs at the link below, including Green Event Planner, Carbon Accountant, Sustainability Manager, and Eco-responsibility Marketer.
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