Today’s employer advice is from Rebecca Walker, Communications & Grants Manager at Columbia Land Conservancy.
Q: Tell us about your organization.
The Columbia Land Conservancy works with our community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County.
The Columbia Land Conservancy will be a dynamic force in supporting and sustaining a strong and vibrant rural community, where agriculture plays a central role in the economy, where development respects historic traditions and natural resources and where there are accessible open spaces and abundant, healthy natural lands and wildlife habitats.
Q: What advice would you give to people in midlife who want to transition to a green job?
Do your research. Many jobs may not require degrees in certain fields. Reach out to folks who have job titles you find interesting and ask them what a typical day is like.
Q: What are the skills that you believe will be required most in the short-medium term in your industry?
People skills like communication and collaboration. Conservation organizations are increasingly focusing on community conservation and environmental justice issues and it’s necessary to be able to build strong relationships with partners and community members.