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Environment: Application Tips

a guide to environmental, conservation and renewable energy careers


Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

Personality & Skills

  • excellent communication, IT and team-working skills
  • project management, business sense and leadership skills
  • confident, proactive and enthusiastic, with belief in the value of your work
  • Focus and tenacity are particularly important right now. Know your skills and focus on the roles/areas that suit them best. Go to networking events and make yourself known. Make contacts and use them
  • a driving licence is often required, with specialist skills for some areas (chainsaw qualification for countryside work or scuba diving for marine science)

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If you need help with your applications, or have an interview to prepare for, we can help:

  • Applying for jobs - covers CVs, covering letters, applications, interviews, selections tests and assessment centres
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  • Careers Advice Online - online eguidance system if you cannot make our appointments, or have graduated and moved away from Brighton


In the public sector, most applications will be competency based. Try to make headings covering each section of the person specification and show how you meet each one from your skills and experience

Keep your additional information section succinct and to the point

Interviews and Selection Tests

Skills in Demand by Employers

If you can get experience in these areas it could improve your employability:

  1. Waste management
  2. Energy management
  3. Sustainable development
  4. Environmental management & impact assessment
  5. Waste & waste water management
  6. Greenhouse gas & carbon management
  7. Pollution prevention & control
  8. Heath, safety & environmental management
  9. Contaminated land & remediation
  10. Renewable energy & clean energy

From the Endsdirectory annual environmental careers, skills and salary survey 2009

Environment Twitter lists from @guardianeco

Follow these lists on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest environmental news:

Latest News

What's going on relating to the environment:

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Current Awareness

Being aware of news, developments and issues in the sector can help you at interviews. Here are some news sources to try: