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Non-profit organizations work for the benefit of society while using their profits to further their goals. While some non-profits are volunteer-based, many organizations hire full-time employees to fill a variety of roles in research, education, finance, fundraising, public relations, policy, and more. Job opportunities typically depend on the type and size of the non-profit, which could range from a large, international environmental organization to a small, local social justice organization. Scientific non-profits include professional associations, advocacy groups and think tanks, research institutes, and educational organizations like museums. With the multitude of jobs in the non-profit sector, you can leverage your geoscience skills in a variety of roles to benefit society.

Ready to learn more? Follow the steps below to get started:

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Read about careers in the non-profit sector

Jobs for geoscientists at non-profits can range from research to public relations. You will notice that many roles overlap with jobs in other sectors. Read the articles linked below to learn how working for a non-profit is different from working for a private company or government agency. 

Non-profit organizations: Scientists on a mission by Julie Gould, Nature
Is a Nonprofit Job Right for You? by Sriram V, Harvard Business Review
Top Myths About Working for Non-profit Organizations, Berkeley Career Center
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Exploring Nonprofit Organizations by Patricia Gosling, Science
Careers in Geoscience-for-Development by Joel C. Gill, EGU Blogs
Careers at Nonprofits and NGOs by Elisabeth Pain, Science
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Gain insight from non-profit employees

Visit the Ask an Expert page to read Q&A format advice from geoscientists working in a variety of non-profit organizations. Contact these experts to learn more about their jobs and expand your network.

Hear from non-profit scientists featured in Like Science? STEM Jobs at Nonprofits are More Common Than You May Think, by Samantha Fredrickson, Part 1 and Part 2.
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Explore employers

Non-profit organizations are numerous and focused on a variety of causes and fields. Explore example employers to learn about some types of non-profit organizations where geoscientists may be involved in scientific research, communication, education, policy, and more. 
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Prepare to apply

Visit the Career Preparation page to learn how to find and apply for jobs at non-profit organizations.
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Search for jobs

View a list of job boards where geoscience jobs are commonly posted, plus advice for successful job searching with keywords.
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  • GROW is a collection of career resources for undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences, intended to help students identify and pursue career paths beyond academia.
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