Sustainable Careers

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Interested in pursuing a career in sustainability? Looking to make a meaningful and impactful change in your life? Explore these careers in sustainability and ESG to find out how to get involved while you are a student at The University of Pittsburgh and in your career after graduation.

Jobs at the Center for Sustainable Business

Consider applying to one of our full-time positions if you're passionate about making an impact right here at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business.

Fellowship Opportunities Through the Center

Are you a student interested in driving research and relationship collaboration between a major company & the CSB over the Academic Year? Consider applying to any of these fellowship opportunities through the Center for Sustainable Business. Be sure to contact us with any questions, insights, and/or requests for guidance. >> Learn More

Building Your Career in Sustainability

Now more than ever is the perfect time to integrate your personal purpose with your employer's environmental and social goals. There has never been a better opportunity to pursue a career in sustainability, and we're here to help you get started.

Explore a multitude of green careers listed on this page, discover how to get a job in climate, learn how to be a sustainability catalyst, and visit all of our resources curated for students and professionals.

Interested in a career in solar energy? The expanding solar universe offers innumerable careers; this map explores 40. An ambitious worker could progress within any of these solar-related occupations, or seek the skills and credentials to advance between them. Click any dot to find out more.

Get involved right here on Pitt's campus and beyond by exploring our on-campus organizations, available coursework, research, referral networks, and ongoing events.

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Become a "Sustainability Generalist"

At the Center for Sustainable Business, we believe that everyone - regardless of their official title or organizational function - can make informed choices that contribute to the well-being of the community.

Whether these choices are made in the office or filtered into daily routines, we want to equip a new generation of business leaders and professionals with the skills needed to recognize and act on opportunities to live and work more sustainably. 

Regardless of your primary field of expertise (e.g. marketing, investor relations, procurement, etc.), you can benefit from exposure to the principle of sustainability ownership.

Learn more about our extensive educational resources to become a "Sustainability Generalist" at your current company and explore the Drawdown Labs Job Function Action Guides, practical and shareable resources that highlight specific, high-impact climate actions employees in common corporate professions can take at work to continue your journey.

Want a paycheck with purpose? These resources can help

Degrees, by the Environmental Defense Fund, provides helpful information, resources, and more about planet-saving careers.

Whether you're new to the workforce or looking for a career change, these resources can help make your search for a mission-driven job better. Learn more >>

Internship Opportunities and Jobs for Students

CONNECTS Seminar Series | Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

The CONNECTS seminar series enhances the experiential education of any individual interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tailored mainly for students to help take their ideas from conception to commercialization, the seminars run throughout the academic year. All CONNECTS events will be hosted in person at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper Quad, 3rd Level. A virtual option will also be available. View Fall 2022 CONNECTS calendar

Spring, Summer, and Fall Internships | PennEnvironment / Environment America

If you want to learn how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places we love, apply for an internship with PennEnvironment. Each semester, they train students to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support. And you’ll work one-on-one with one of their advocates or organizers, providing a unique, mentored experience. They're hiring interns in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and have sister organizations in many cities across the country. Learn more and apply here.

Petrochemical Internship | The Climate Reality Project

The goal of the petrochemical internship is to provide a high-quality learning experience that helps to form the foundation for a career in the climate change or environmental movement for a diverse group of individuals seeking hands-on work experience in the field. Learn more and apply here.

Additional Resources for Students

As a starting point for students to become familiar with particular grand challenges, this snapshot tool points to key resources across a range of sustainability issues. This can be a great starting point for personal and team projects.

Opportunities Within Our Network

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Careers with UPMC

Explore open positions with UPMC, including Senior Director of Environmental SustainabilityManager, Sustainability, and Director, Energy/Environmental Engineering.

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Partner, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change, ERM

Looking for an established leader interested in being part of ERM’s thriving global community – outstanding professionals who combine strong consulting and business development skills with a strong technical foundation – to foster and expand a network of excellent client relationships across a variety of sectors. Learn more and apply here.

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Associate Director of Sustainability, University of California

The UCOP (University of California Office of the President) Office of Sustainability (OS) develops, coordinates, and supports campus sustainability efforts throughout the system, including the UC Sustainable Practices Policy, Carbon Neutrality Initiative, and Global Food Initiative. Learn more and apply here.

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Sustainability Community Engagement Coordinator, The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

The Sustainability Community Engagement Coordinator assists with MCSI's community-focused sustainability programs, outreach, marketing, and logistics. Help to maintain and expand MCSI’s external community outreach including K-12 programming, collaborations with the Pitt Community Engagement Centers, and student service projects. Support existing and help to expand MCSI partnerships with nonprofits and community groups who are working with sustainability courses, the undergraduate summer research program, student groups, and other initiatives. Collaborate with University-wide Sustainability team to expand student interest and participation in sustainability-related community engagement programs.

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Director of Transportation Justice, Net Impact

The Director of Transportation Justice will report to the Executive Director and provide policy analysis, research, technical assistance, and advocacy support to local and regional policy and advocacy campaigns that advance transportation justice, as well as guide the strategic direction and role of the organization in the transportation justice movement. Learn more and apply here

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Assistant Director, Operational Engagement and Impact Analysis, Princeton University

Facilities, Office of Sustainability, seeks an Assistant Director of Operational Engagement and Impact Analysis. Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director builds working partnerships with key departments to advance institutional Sustainability Action Plan objectives, tracks and reports on progress, and frames the impact of those actions at various scales. Learn more and apply here.

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Experiential Learning Manager, USC

In partnership with faculty and staff, the Experiential Learning Manager will play a pivotal role in facilitating co-curricular instructional design in support of academic courses, coursework, and lectures. Learn more and apply here.

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Join DOE's Clean Energy Corps

Join a diverse and inclusive team of people committed to public service and who share your passion to deliver planet-changing solutions to the climate crisis. Learn more and apply here.

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Job Opportunities with Accenture

Accenture, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud, and security. Explore all of their open positions in ESG and sustainability here.

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Internships and Job Opportunities with Enel

Explore all of Enel's open opportunities here.

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Job Openings with Attentive Energy

Explore job openings with Attentive Energy, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies Renewables USA, focused on delivering offshore wind opportunities to empower communities today and tomorrow.

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Job Openings with Google

Explore more than 70 open positions with Google, hiring now!

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Job Openings with Carbon Direct

The world-class Carbon Direct team advises clients on carbon removal and invests in promising new companies. With several openings, they are looking to fill roles in design, product, marketing, sales, and tech.

Job Openings with Abatable

 Abatable works with companies to navigate voluntary carbon markets, with a focus on carbon removals. This UK-based team is now hiring a Full Stack Software Engineer and a Carbon Originator.

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Job Openings with Carbon Gap

Policy organization Carbon Gap is now hiring EU and UK Policy Managers, an Operations Manager, and a Researcher to help develop the carbon removal ecosystem in Europe.

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Job Openings with ebb carbon

ebb carbon, a recent Stripe carbon removal purchase, is pioneering a new method of carbon removal that uses electrochemistry to enhance the ocean’s natural ability to safely store CO2 while reducing ocean acidity. They are now hiring for multiple positions.

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Job Openings with Climeworks

Climeworks has over 40 job openings in Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, and Washington, DC. Climeworks continues to gain momentum, closing a $650M equity round.

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Job Openings with Living Carbon

Living Carbon is working on building "photosynthesis enhanced trees" that remove more carbon. They are now hiring lab techs and lab technicians in the San Francisco area to bring this bold vision to life.

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Job Openings with Heirloom

Heirloom Technologies has over 30 job openings across business development, government affairs, systems engineering, supply chain, and research in the San Francisco area.

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Job Openings with Verdox

Verdox is now hiring electrochemical engineers, chemists, HR experts, lab technicians, and more to help them commercialize their electric carbon removal technology.

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Job Openings with Noya

Part of Shopify's recent round of Sustainability Fund purchases, DAC innovator Noya continues to grow. Noya is now hiring engineers, scientists, and program managers.