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Habitat Conservation Jobs
Coastal habitat restoration produces jobs at higher rates than other sectors, like oil and gas and road infrastructure. We create an average of 17 restoration jobs for each million dollars invested.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, green jobs are either:
- Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources OR
- Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.
Habitat conservation provides opportunities for job creation in specialized techniques and areas and, thus, contributes to green jobs creation. These jobs can be generated at any phase of the habitat conservation process (protection or restoration). Below we illustrate the following:
Table 1—Habitat Restoration Green Job Categories and Employment Rates?Examples of green jobs by type of restoration effort based on data gathered from NOAA’s Recovery Act projects. Believe it or not, there are even jobs for feral goat hunters.
Table 2—Job Creation per $1 Million InvestmentA comparison of job creation by various industries. Restoration job creation is clearly in the lead.
Figure 1—Habitat Restoration: The Ripple Effect of Jobs CreationSee how restoration work not only impacts direct jobs, but also jobs in other industries.