Intern Files: Week Five

By Joe Pintaudi

Students going into a job search who look specifically for work geared toward sustainable problems will discover that these positions are nearly impossible to find.

There are many companies and organizations that have begun to understand that securing a future in their markets may include ensuring the preservation of a future world for generations to come.  Although these companies are leading the way, they seem to be few and far between on a global scale. There don't seem to be any jobs looking for a sustainability expert.

This may turn out to be the case for a long time; but that doesn't mean the jobs aren't out there. It's up to the soon-to-be graduates to be creative and find ways to incorporate sustainable thinking into industries that otherwise wouldn't think of creating a position or department for this area of study.

There are many opportunities out in the world that GIOS students are more than qualified to fill.  They may not be completely related to every piece of information that we've learned, but we will all bring a necessary knowledge to any table we are invited to. Finding jobs that relate to sustainability is going to be a challenge. Graduates must be creative in their job searches in order to best use the education they have been given in order to create the most change.

In other news… Things here at Better Farm have been going smoothly. Again, the last few days have been pretty wet. The plants continue to come up well, and I hope to get some weeding done in the next few days. The week started somewhat hot and muggy, but the sky changes so fast here and before I knew it rain clouds had moved in again. As I write this it feels pretty cold outside and the yard is still pretty soaked.

Monday afternoon was great. After a long day of general yard maintenance (mostly weed-eating around the house and barn), the house decided to go for a swim to cool off. So we headed to Millsite Lake, which is two miles down the road. The water is clean and clear and was the perfect temperature.  The cliff there is about 25 to 30 feet and provides not only a beautiful view overlooking the lake, but a nice place to jump into the cool water.

Today we got two more chickens.  I believe they are 2 or 3 months old. We introduced them to Henrietta (our first chicken), and so far they seem to be getting along fine—but I think they are going to need a bigger coop.

Originally published at Joe's Blog.
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.