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National Wildlife Federation, EcoLeaders


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Ecoleaders Career Center

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  • This career center resource includes an eco-career planning tool, job sector breakdowns, and interviews with individuals in green careers to help students understand the vast opportunities associated with sustainability. 
  • For educators and guidance counselors, there is a toolkit available with resources to help facilitate students in their career exploration journey.
Teaching Tips


  • With the Career Planning Tool, students can conveniently house their insights and learning as they research sustainable careers that may interest them.
  • Students will benefit from the many personal accounts of individuals with experience in green careers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must create a free account to use the career planning tool.
  • Students who want to take the reflection surveys linked in the career planning tool must create accounts on some additional platforms.


  • Students can use the career sector outlooks as sources for creating presentations to inform others about one of the sectors.
  • Guidance counselors can use this resource for career planning with students.
  • Math students can create graphs to compare data from the job sectors, such as salary and outlook.
  • The job sector sections provide a multitude of avenues for further learning, as the sectors relate to environmental justice, green building, clean energy, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, adaptation and mitigation strategies, the role of agriculture in climate change, and many other topics that science or social studies teachers can cover in an additional lesson or unit.
  • After reading about student-led sustainability projects, students can work in groups to develop and propose a project for their school.
Scientist Notes
This resource has a collection of tools, articles, and resources that allow readers to explore different green/ environmentally conscious career paths. The resource gives readers an idea of how wide the scope of green careers is and how many different sectors and industries focus on the environment. Registration is required to access the site, but it is free to do so. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.1.9-12 Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
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