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  • 1. Environmental Educator
  • 2.
    • One of the most sought after positions in the environmental field, despite low pay and limited career paths.
  • 3. what is environmental education?
    • “ The communication of environmental messages to audiences by all means and through all channels…and is achieved through effective message delivery, interactive listening, and public discussion and debate.”
    • Teach people how to think critically and creatively to solve environmental problems is the common goal of all environmental education (EE) programs
    • Provides information for the public to make informed, balanced decisions about the environment that result in taking responsible actions
  • 4. Typical Areas of Environmental Education
    • Classroom teaching – all levels
    • Interpretive education – museums, zoos, parks, nature centers, aquaria
    • Media – print, broadcast, and electronic journalism
    • For Advocacy
    • Public information efforts by businesses and government
  • 5. Key Job Titles
    • College Professor / Grade-school teacher
    • Environmental advocate
    • Environmental education specialist
    • Interpretive naturalist
    • Photographer
    • Right-to-know coordinators
    • Videographer
  • 6. The Career Market
    • Over 300,000 positions nationwide
    • 5% annual growth in the past 10 years in this field
    • Many more job opportunities in the public sector than in private or nonprofit
  • 7. Salary
    • Entry-level: average $18,000 to $25,000
    • Experienced: around $28,000 to $45,000
    • Upper-end: range from $60,000 to $75,000
  • 8. Career Opportunities
    • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-
      • Thousands of people compete for a handful of positions
      • Some work as seasonals or volunteer workers w/out ever becoming permanent employees
      • Agencies that recently began incorporating EE, are less competitive but still attract many applicants
  • 9. Career Opportunities CONT.
    • STATE GOVERNMENT-
      • “ rising star” in the EE profession
      • Full-time and part-time EE specialist positions in almost every state
      • Often the first line of EE for preparation and implementation of EE plans on the Environmental Education Act
      • State level jobs include: state EE coordinator and staff, preservice and inservice teacher training, and K-12 curriculum designers, among others
  • 10. Career Opportunities CONT.
    • Local Government-
      • Opportunities depend on economic and population growth of an area
      • Local government agencies, parks and recreations departments
      • Public schools normally hire more EE’s than any other sector
        • Librarians, science teachers, biology professors, wastewater certification instructors are all considered EE’s
  • 11. Career Opportunities CONT
    • PRIVATE SECTOR:
      • Community involvement coordinators for private companies
      • Environmental training services
      • Environmental media
      • Small but growing area of employment
    • NONPROFIT SECTOR:
      • Serve as information resources to media and education
      • Small neighborhood groups to large international organizations such as Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund
  • 12. Requirements
    • Interdisciplinary studies including both emphasis on technical/scientific knowledge and teaching/communication skills
    • Typically require a masters degree
  • 13. Environmental change starts with educating the public.