About Barbara

green_career_tracks_barbara_parks2.jpgBarbara Parks is founder of Green Career Tracks, one of the first green career services in the U.S., launched in 2004 to promote careers that support environmental, economic, and social justice. 

She specializes in career coaching for people who want to work for a more sustainable future through conscious career choices and work opportunities in the growing green economy.

Barbara has a solid track record helping thousands of individuals--college graduates, first-time job seekers, dislocated workers, and mid-career changers--gain meaningful work in a changing and challenging economy and job market. She draws on 15 years' experience as a career and employment counselor for a jobs training program, corporate outplacement counselor, workshop facilitator, and instructional designer. She combines a background of corporate, non-profit, and entrepreneurial experience with a degree in Communications, Leadership in Public Policy training at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, and certified training in spiritual direction.

More recently, Barbara wrote, developed, and now teaches Sustainable Career Planning, a five-week accredited online course offered through Minneapolis College of Art and Design's groundbreaking Sustainable Design Certificate Program. This unique program was designed to integrate self-discovery and career search strategy in the pursuit of a meaningful and sustainable career track


In addition to co-authoring the Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Careers, she has designed, produced and delivered green career programming for events and conferences such as the Living Green Expo, Northland Bioneers Conference, Solar Living Institute, Alliance for Sustainability, and DoItGreenMinnesota. Topics include:

The 21st Century Job Market Revolution:
Green Careers That Work for a Sustainable Future
Meaningful Work in a Materialistic Work World
Masters in Job Search Skills and Strategy (MJS)
Remember Who You Are, Remember Why You're Here
Personal (Higher) Power in a Competitive Job Market
Celebrating Spirit in Work
Barbara also developed Green Career Coaching for Career Professionals, a training program introducing a new framework to integrate career and employment counseling and spiritual direction principles. The program prescribes powerful personal practices and job search strategies individuals can use to create sustainable work opportunities in a challenging job market.

When you get to the point where you must do work aligned with your values, work that honors your precious life energy and contributes to creating a more sustainable world for future generations, you’re ready to make a leap like I did. It’s time! I said. I made a commitment ten years ago to align my life and values with my work – and I haven’t looked back!

Since the 2004 launch of Green Career Tracks in the SF Bay Area, Barbara chooses to live a green and holistic lifestyle in Minneapolis, Minnesota and spend time with Alexander, her grandson. She travels to the Bay Area several times a year to work out of her Fairfax office.


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"“I would rather have a dozen root canals than search for a job! Barbara Parks, however, made the search relatively painless and uncovered several opportunities for me to pursue. I found my dream job in environmental health. I am deeply grateful to her and highly recommend her to you.”"


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