How can I find impactful jobs?

Many job search experts agree that most jobs belong to the hidden job market, meaning that they are not listed on formal job boards. Sometimes the jobs are only listed on the organizations’ websites or social media accounts, and sometimes they’re not listed at all. In fact, sometimes job opportunities don’t even exist yet–but that shouldn’t stop you from reaching out! 

Instead of just looking for job postings on job boards and submitting applications out of the blue, taking a more proactive approach will increase your chances of finding a role that is right for you! 

Here are some articles that might be helpful in your search: “Hidden Sustainability Jobs”, “Tapping the Hidden Job Market”, “Job Search Tips & Resources.”

We also recommend following us on LinkedIn, where we share a collection of job postings biweekly, specifically catered for youth (18-35y/o). If you have a job you would like to share with our network, please fill out this short form.

Once you’re set and ready, start reaching out to organizations by finding the employers that correspond to you from our lists below! Although it can seem daunting at first, reaching out to the right organization at the right time can help lead to your dream job. To do so, it is important that you carefully articulate your strengths and what value you bring to the organization. Here are some tips for reaching out:

  • Ask friends for a referral;
  • Connect with existing employees to and request an informational interview;
  • Call the business to introduce yourself and inquire about openings;
  • Send an email pitch to a hiring manager.

Where can I find impactful jobs?

Disclaimer: We don’t list specific job opportunities on our own website but we’re helping you save hundreds of hours of research by having mapped out Canada’s recruitment ecosystem in sustainability.

Click on the various categories (rectangles) below to view our lists :

List of job boards

Disclaimer: Only a minority of positions listed here can be considered actually regenerative. However, we believe that everyone has a part to play in the transition to a more sustainable and just economy, and we have hoped to list positions and companies that we see as being wholly or partially impact-driven.

If there is a job board you believe we have omitted, please respond to us through this form

While we do not post job postings directly on our website, we do share them to our network on social media. If you have a job you would like to share with our network, please fill out this short form.

The list of job boards is the fruit of months of research by our own team, but also by other leaders like Lauren Castelino, Co-Executive Director of Regenesis.

Wage subsidies

Even if you are just a job-seeker, you can apply to some of these wage subsidies to create the job of your dreams, or apply to their respective lists of already subsidized jobs.

If there is a wage subsidy you believe we have omitted, please respond to us through this form

The list of wage subsidies is the fruit of months of research by our own team, but also by other leaders like Lauren Castelino, Co-Executive Director of Regenesis (follow her work as she will release an even bigger database of wage subsidies in the next few months!).

LinkedIn leaders

These individuals are known for regularly “reposting” job opportunities or “liking”/”commenting” job posts. Please note that these individuals are not recruitment managers nor formal career advisors. You can get the most value by simply following their content activity on LinkedIn.

If there is a LinkedIn leader you believe we have omitted, please respond to us through this form

Our LinkedIn page, Re_Generation, also shares a collection of job postings biweekly, specifically catered for youth (18-35y/o). If you have a job you would like to share with our network, please fill out this short form.

The list of LinkedIn leaders to follow is the fruit of months of research by our own team, but also by other leaders like Lauren Castelino, Co-Executive Director of Regenesis, and Nicole Doray, Climate Programs Manager at Youth Challenge International.

Private sector employers

Our list of private sector employers includes two types of firms: impact-driven companies (i.e. companies with social purpose business models), and traditional companies that meet high standards of responsible behaviour. Most firms are derived from the following sources: BCorp Best for the World Rankings, Canadian BCorp Directory, Corporate Knights’ Rankings, Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)’s Directory, CBSR Net Zero Leaderboard, SME Climate Commitment Initiative, and BCorp Climate Collective

While our list contains many BCorps, there are also many impact-driven small and medium-sized enterprises that do not have the BCorp certification. Only a minority of companies listed would we consider actually regenerative; however, we believe that everyone has a part to play in the transition to a more sustainable and just economy.

For traditional firms that we deem to be responsible actors on climate, you can view the ‘Net Zero’ and ‘Interim Targets’ columns to see what targets these firms have committed to. Only climate targets that are aligned with the standards of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, the BCorp Climate Collective, or the SME Climate Commitment Initiative, have been included to prevent greenwashing as much as possible. We have also included large firms which appear on the annual Corporate Knights Rankings

Please note that the regional location of headquarters does not reflect the possible existence of other offices across the country. In other words, be careful when filtering companies mostly based on “regional location of headquarters” as you might miss some companies that still have operations/offices in your region.

If you believe this table contains incorrect information, or if there is a company you believe should be included (or excluded), please respond to us through this form

Social sector employers

This list includes a cross-section of some of Canada’s leading non-governmental organizations working to advance action on social and environmental issues. The list is organized by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

While some of these organizations can be potential employers, you can also volunteer for some!

Please note that the regional location of headquarters does not reflect the possible existence of other offices across the country. In other words, be careful when filtering organizations mostly based on “regional location of headquarters” as you might miss some organizations that still have operations/offices in your region.

If you believe this table contains incorrect information, or if there is an organization you believe should be included (or excluded), please respond to us through this form

Public sector employers

This list includes some of the major public sector agencies in Canada at federal, provincial, and municipal levels, with columns listing their key strategies related to social and environmental issues. More agencies will be added in the near future. To learn more about public sector careers, see our Public Policy & Government sectoral guide.

If there is an institution or strategy you believe we have omitted, please respond to us through this form

How can I get prepared?

Applying for and successfully landing a job offer can be a labour-intensive and stressful process. Consider reviewing the below resources to help get you started in a few key areas:

Networking

  1. Structure your resume in an effective way using this tool from Wonsulting
  2. Learn networking best practices from RBC
  3. Keep your networking efforts organized with this tool from Wonsulting 
  4. Take steps to grow your network with these resources from Enactus

Interview Prep

  1. Ensure you streamline your interview preparation process with this tool from Wonsulting 
  2. Check out our career paths interviews to know what personality traits and work ethics you need 
  3. Make sure to read our sectoral guides to be aware of all key trends, concepts, and solutions in various sectors 

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