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Becoming an Environmental Education Officer, what you need to know!

Children are the future custodians of our planet, for a career that will positively impact on the environment for years to come and initiate change, this is a great role to consider.

Roles and Responsibilities

This is not an exhaustive list, many more responsibilities could be involved, as it is a varied and exciting role. This provides a few examples of what the job could entail.

  •  Develop, design and deliver educational resources within varied contexts.
  • Market educational programmes to target audiences.
  • Develop strategies to deliver environmental education with colleagues, teachers and community groups.
  • Present and deliver educational resources in schools and the community.
  • On site teaching and delivery of activities.

Who would this role suit? Qualifications, skills and experience.

Have you graduated from a degree in education, agriculture, environmental biology or plant sciences? Have you previously worked in education or in environmental science and want a career change? Have you volunteered for an environmental charity and want to take it further? All this experience could support your career as an Environment Education Officer.

A degree related to the role, such as conservation biology, countryside management or ecology will often be required, However, don’t let that put you off. If you have experience in teaching and a passion for the environment, then your skills set could be very valuable for this role. If your degree does not directly relate to the environment, consider volunteering; charities will no doubt jump at the chance to have willing volunteers to support their valuable work.

It goes without saying that a commitment to environmental conservation must drive your desire to enter this job sector. Excellent communication, organisation and time management are essential attributes. You may need to be flexible regarding location, so a full driving licence would often be a requirement. Given that much work in this role would involve being in schools, the community and working with children a full Disclosure and Barring Service check is likely to be requested.