Today’s employer advice is from Kieran Suckling, Executive Director at the Center for Biological Diversity.
Q: Tell us about your organization.
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature—to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.
We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
Q: What advice would you give to people in midlife who want to transition to a green job?
If you want to work in the non-profit world, I’d suggest reaching out to organizations and volunteering. It’s a great way to make connections and gain a greater understanding of the types of jobs that are available. There’s no shortage of work to be done and there are opportunities to utilize a variety of skills.
Q: What are the skills that you believe will be required most in the short-medium term in your industry?
At the Center, we focus on legal, science, campaign and creative media strategies. Each of those require different skills and involve of a range of supportive to direct roles. Throughout them all, passion and creativity are essential.