Published on August 25th, 2016 | by Carolyn Fortuna0
Community Service Ideas to Help the Environment
Now more than ever, we in Australia and around the world want the work we do to make a difference. We’d thrive in a job where we could contribute to a better world. Sometimes called an “ethical job,” this type of career is focused on building a more equitable, just, and environmentally sustainable world.
Even when you’ve got good intentions, it’s still hard to jump right into a career without having any prior experience, right? Maybe, to get started, you might want to do some community service to help the environment. Here are some ideas that might intrigue you.
- Watershed protection or assessment: The EPA offers some great outreach tools and help understanding the social and cultural aspects of community-based environmental protection.
- Wildlife migration: Have you ever wondered how the changing seasons affect migration patterns? Being part of a global study might inspire you toward a career educating others about the interconnections of all living things.
- The 4 R’s: We all know we’re supposed to limit plastics consumption to save the environment. But how does that ideal translate into a systematic program for business and community organizations? How can we implement procedures to reduce, reuse, recycle, and renew? Where do composting and proper disposal of household hazardous waste come in?
- Community kids gardening: Wouldn’t it be great to create a children’s nature garden? So, let’s see; where do we get started? We’d have to create a path, label plants and trees, and schedule guided tours. But there’s got to be more to it than that….
From Community Service to Career Exploration through BCA National Training Group*
Community service is a great start, but it’s really not enough to build a career background for an ethical job. In fact, the recent increased emphasis on environmental issues, such as fracking, climate change, and renewable energy, is translating to the workplace. More and more environment-related jobs are emerging. That’s because industry, business, and government sectors are beginning to balance environmental perspectives, policy, and practice.
But how can you get the necessary background knowledge and expertise to land an ethical job? How about an e-learning space that provides community service, accounting, counselling, and other business-related courses? Maybe you should try BCA National Training Group. They offer a spectrum of training in business, community services, conservation and land management, construction, education, finance, governance, and training and assessment.
These courses are important if you’d like a environmentally-oriented ethical job, as they’re quite multidisciplinary. In fact, the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) considers science and environment occupations to include environment and agricultural scientists, forestry and soil professionals, geologists, geophysicists, and park rangers. Here are some programs that BCA National Training Group offers that might be just what you’re looking for.
- Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Land Management: This course is for people who work, or want to work, at management level in conservation and land management, especially in an outdoors environment. The course includes competencies needed by a wide range of sectors within the conservation and land management industry, including natural area restoration, weed management, vertebrate pest management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife, community coordination and facilitation, and Indigenous land management sectors.
- Diploma of Community Services: Start a career in the social and welfare professions, and make a difference in your community. This nationally recognised diploma will prepare you for roles in case management and social housing. You will develop the skills needed to manage, coordinate, and deliver person-centred services to individuals and groups within your community. This diploma course has been structured for specialisation in Case Management.
- Certificate in Youth Work: If you want to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, and protection needs of young people, this course will introduce you to key skills and knowledge. You will be ready to undertake roles as a youth worker in a variety of community, government, and welfare agencies.
- Certificate in Business/ Governance: If you are, or would like to be, a board member of an Indigenous corporation, this qualification will equip you with the skills to be a confident and skilled board member, senior staff member, Australian Public Servant, secretary, or contact officer. Boards of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations have the challenge of fulfilling cultural obligations to their communities as well as legal and financial obligations to funding bodies and the wider community. BCA National Training Group has designed this program to engage and assist Indigenous organisations.
- Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management: If you are responsible for coordinating or managing smaller community service organisations or branches/departments of large community service organisations, then this course is for you. This advanced diploma is useful for managers of program areas, projects, or delivery of services in the community services area, including managing community houses and volunteer services/programs.
BCA National Training Group is committed to a vision that “knowledge creates a future for individuals, communities, and organisations.” From their head office in Sydney, they have delivered training in over 50 locations across NSW and many more nationwide. With industry trainers, personal support, work experience programs, and flexible delivery, they help high-school leavers to make their first career step and adult learners gain employment, get a promotion, or switch careers. Their programs seek to introduce people to learn progressively.
That means they build competencies so that learning can become a direct contribution to business effectiveness, personal achievement, and life satisfaction. And isn’t that what’s needed to have an ethical job? After a learning experience with BCA National Training Group, before you know it, you could be translating your new knowledge and skills. You’d be able to help others to build sustainable practices — social, economic, and environmental — into all levels of their operations.