Environmental education officers are responsible for promoting environmental conservation and sustainable development via a variety of means, including education, marketing and publicity.
The range of activities you will carry out varies from job to job. Some officers work mainly within schools, giving talks and taking part in and developing projects. You can also deliver presentations or host groups at relevant sites, such as nature reserves.
Others work with a range of age groups, for example leading guided nature walks for visitors or organising events and awareness campaigns.
Employers of Environmental Education Officers
Many environmental education officers are employed by voluntary organisations and trusts. The public sector also employs environmental education officers. In local government, they may be employed in environmental, education, planning or leisure departments. Others may be employed by wildlife parks and botanical gardens.
- researching and developing educational programmes and resources for schools, adults, families, community groups or visitors to sites of special environmental interest
- promoting educational programmes and resources to the target audience through leaflets, newsletters, websites, and in some cases, social media
- liaising with colleagues, teachers and community groups on the design and delivery of educational programmes
- giving talks in schools or to community groups on environmental issues
- teaching groups and interpreting the natural environment for them on-site by leading guided walks and answering questions
- organising events and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues
- training others, such as teachers, in the use of resources and in delivering educational sessions
- researching and collating scientific data
- recruiting, supervising and working with volunteers
- managing other members of staff – depending on the size and structure of the organisation
- acting as a point of contact for teachers, educationalists and colleagues, responding to requests for information on educational issues
- generating income for projects through fundraising activities, investigating and bidding for external funding
- evaluating the effectiveness of programmes and writing reports for your organisation or funding bodies
- managing budgets for projects and educational programmes
- carrying out risk assessments, particularly for outdoor activities.
A relevant degree in a biological or environmental science discipline is often required. The following degree subjects in particular may increase your chances:
- botany or plant science
- conservation biology
- environmental management
Candidates should be computer literate and have excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills. A driving licence, first aid and/or health and safety training can be helpful, as can experience of initiating and managing projects, supervising others and organizing guided walks and school groups.