More than 100 employers will be recruiting the next generation of environmental leaders at the Unity College Environmental Jobs Fair next week.

New England’s largest environmental career fair is open to Unity College students and the general job-seeking public, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Tozier Gymnasium inside the Student Activities Center.

“In the environmental century, every employer – from GE and IBM to the smallest land trust or conservation nonprofit – needs people to integrate sustainability in their organizations,” Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury said. “That’s what Unity College delivers: graduates with real-world field work that augments lab and classroom learning in sustainability science.”

Director of Career Services Nicole Collins, a 2000 Unity alumna, said the school received record interest in the event from employers this year. This year’s more than 100 exhibitors exceeds last year’s participation by more than 25 percent.

“Our annual environmental career fair connects students and job seekers with meaningful career opportunities in sustainability, natural resource management and outdoor industries,” Collins said. “It is a wonderful way to network, explore environmental fields, and secure jobs or internships. A growing number of organizations are finding people at the Green Jobs fair who can do the work the environmental century demands.”

Given the growing popularity of the “green” job marketplace, Collins said she anticipates many non-student career changers to attend.

A 2011 Brookings Institute report found that the green economy employs some 2.7 million workers and encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries.

“Though modest in size, the clean economy employs more workers than the fossil fuel industry and bulks larger than bioscience,” the report said. “Most clean economy jobs reside in mature segments that cover a wide swath of activities including manufacturing and the provision of public services such as wastewater and mass transit. A smaller portion of the clean economy encompasses newer segments that respond to energy-related challenges. These include the solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, fuel cell, smart grid, biofuel, and battery industries.”

The report also found the green economy’s “clean tech” segments produced explosive job gains and the clean economy outperformed the nation during the recession.

Overall, today’s clean economy establishments added half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010, expanding at an annual rate of 3.4 percent. At the same time, newer clean economy establishments— especially those in young energy-related segments such as wind energy, solar PV, and smart grid—added jobs at a torrid pace, albeit from small bases, the report said.

The Brookings report also found the clean economy offers more opportunities and better pay for low- and middle-skilled workers than the national economy as a whole. Median wages in the clean economy are 13 percent higher than median U.S. wages, the report said.

At the #greenjobs fair, employers will offer a variety of presentations and career-related materials, including equipment, applications, videos, and personal testimonials from Unity College alumni. Beginning at 11 a.m., some – such as LL Bean, ReVision Energy, DEW Animal Kingdom and Sun Dog Solar – will offer live demonstrations of their environmental work.

The career fair helps students and others connect with internship and employment opportunities essential for young professionals seeking to enter the workforce.

“Understanding employer needs and ensuring Unity students are prepared for the marketplace is an underlying value proposition for Unity,” Chief Marketing Officer Diane Ray said.

Of the exhibitors at last year’s event, Caitlyn Connolly ’18, told the Morning Sentinel: “There’s more variety than I thought.”

Unity College Environmental Job Fair employers currently attending

A.C. Parsons Landscaping & Garden Center, Inc.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Army National Guard
Avian Haven
Backyard Farms, L.L.C.
Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in
Bartlett Tree Experts
Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Biodiversity Research Institute
Bonney Staffing Center
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Camp Arcadia, Inc.
Camp Hazen YMCA
Camp Nashoba North
Camp Staff Connection
Castine Kayak Adventures
CELL (Center for Ecological Living and Learning)
Chewonki Foundation
Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control – Division of Parks & Recreation
DEW Haven
Evergreen Home Performance, LLC
FoodCorps Maine
Friends Camp
Girl Scouts of Maine, Camp Natarswi and Camp
Great Pond Outdoor Adventure Center…/Great-Pond-Outdoor-Adventure-Center
Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
Incarnation Camp
Innovate for Maine Fellows Program
Island Institute Fellows Program
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts of America Camp
Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area Elliottsville Plantation
Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc.
L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Lake George Regional Park
Level Solar
Lucas Tree Expert Co, Inc
Maine Audubon
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Southern
Maine Conservation
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
Bureau of Parks and Lands Northern Region
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Maine Department of Transportation
Maine Game Wardens
Maine Green Power program and 3 Degrees Inc
Maine High Adventure
Maine Kayak
Maine Marine Patrol
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Maine Sport Outfitters Outdoor Programs & Rental
Maine State Police
Maine-ly Elder Care
Marine & Environmental Research Institute
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
MRAG Americas
Natural Resource Council of Maine: National Park and National Recreational Area in Maine’s Great North Woods
Natural Resource Council of Maine: National Park and National Recreational Area in Maine’s Great North Woods
New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Division of Parks & Recreation
NH Fish and Game Department
NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement National Marine Fisheries Service
North Forest Canoe Trail
Northeast Whitewater
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Old Orchard Police
Peace Corps
Penobscot Bay YMCA
Penobscot Job Corps Center
ReVision Energy, LLC
SEA Semester
Sebasticook Regional Land Trust
Senator Angus King’s Office
Stantec Consulting
State of Maine
Natural Resources Service Center
Sundog Solar LLC
The Summer Camp
Thomas College
Town of Danvers, MA Endicott Park
Tripp Lake Camp
U.S Fish & Wildlife Service Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rachel Carson National Wildlife
UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
Umaine Orono
United States Army
United States Border Patrol
Unity College Graduate Program
University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant
US Airforce
US Department of
US Geological Survey
Maine Office, New England Water Science Center
US Marines
US Navy
USDA Natural Resource
Vermont Game
Vermont Law School
Wells Police Department
White Mountain National Forest
Wildwood- Mass Audubon
Wyonegonic Camps
YMCA Camp of Maine

Wednesday, February 03, 2016