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05 October 2009 @ 10:15 am
Jobquest: Any ideas?  
Does anyone have a suggestion for good places to find jobs in oceanography, cartography, or environmental earth systems science?

(I struck out "environmental" because if you use that as a keyword on a site like Monster, all you'll find are jobs sucking asbestos and changing HVAC filters. Not quite my field.)

I'm fed up with limiting myself to the Bay Area; nothing's here. I need to cast wider nets, if you'll forgive a fisheries metaphor.

I interned for NASA, for Pete's sake. This shouldn't be so hard. The last time I really got serious about job-hunting, I found the perfect job in a matter of WEEKS. I'd be WORKING there NOW if the project in question hadn't been put on hold for... hm... 14 months, so far.

I feel: frustratedfrustrated
Tube: cagetoob on October 5th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
You're planning on leaving us?
Your Obedient Serpent: green hills of earthathelind on October 5th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Not if I can find Real Work around here.

I've spent too many years ignoring job postings because they're not local, though, and I'm too old to keep wasting my degree and my skills working in a comic book store, waiting for the Perfect Job to fall into my lap.


Life takes you places. I'm tired of spinning my wheels.

Edited at 2009-10-05 06:03 pm (UTC)
JP Sugarbroadtaral on October 5th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
aeto spent years in oceanography. Might ask him, or I could put you in touch.
Your Obedient Serpent: Warning: Group Intellectathelind on October 5th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I've known him for ages; we read each other's LJs. This is a general call for feedback, but he's one of the folks to whom it's sort-of-directly addressed.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: Sneaky Scabrousfoofers on October 5th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Monster's tagline should be, "At least it's not Craigslist."

I don't really have an answer to your query, but if it's okay to answer a question with another question: have you rubbed elbows with any of the people involved in the wetlands restoration projects around the bay? Also, do you know braxus? He works for one of the parks districts and might be able to direct you to someone who knows someone, etc. Oh, and he likes dragons.
Your Obedient Serpent: workathelind on October 5th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Braxus has been sending me leads that come up at his workplace, but thus far, I haven't made the cut on any of the three or four I've tried for.

And no, I haven't rubbed elbows with any of the wetlands restoration people locally. I'd LOVE to get in on, say, the restoration of the Cargill salt ponds in the South Bay, but I simply don't know who to contact. My people-networking skills are nil -- which is why I'm starting HERE, where I DO know people.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: Sneaky Scabrousfoofers on October 5th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe some of these folks? Or they could at least point you somewhere, I'd hope.
Your Obedient Serpent: YAYathelind on October 6th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Oooh, danke.
Bennie "Big Tig" Tigerbigtig on October 5th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Check out saic.com. Decent DoD type company. Does a lot of contract work with things like NOAA and others. Treats its primary employees well.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: Sneaky Scabrousfoofers on October 5th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
I misread your "jobquest" tag as "joyquest."

This needs to be a real word. "I'm sorry, but I refuse to listen to your drama. Today I'm on a joyquest!"
Your Obedient Serpent: workathelind on October 5th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
At the moment, given how blah I feel in my current employment dead-end, the two seem like the same thing.
pseudo manitoupseudomanitou on October 5th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Several states around the Great Lakes region (and Canada) have begun to knuckle down and get to work on a joint-project water preservation act. This will create several new positions I'm thinking. Would your skill be applicable to the largest body of fresh water in America?

Just looking quickly, I found this:

...sorry I can't be more helpful.
Your Obedient Serpent: green hills of earthathelind on October 5th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's definitely worth looking into! I wonder if they're doing any bathymetry mapping of the Lakes?
pseudo manitoupseudomanitou on October 5th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Google is your friend:

"Compilation of Great Lakes Bathymetry at NGDC has been suspended, leaving Lake Superior incomplete. We will collect and hold any comments or suggestions for consideration in the event that the project is reactivated in the future."
Tombfyretombfyre on October 5th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Have you considered a job out of country? I've lost count of the times I've seen one big project or another along those lines being done up here in Canada. We seem to have oodles of teams and programs looking into all of those things. Especially the various Universities.

I'm sure we have room for another big fat Dragon up here. :3
Your Obedient Serpent: green hills of earthathelind on October 6th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Canada's not merely an option, it's a PREFERENCE.
Tombfyretombfyre on October 6th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Cool beans. ^^ I'm sure you'd like it up here.