Environmental Education

Are you passionate about nature? Do you enjoy communicating scientific knowledge? If so, you may enjoy working in environmental education.

Environmental educator, park naturalist, work in environmental educationWhat Does a Career in Environmental Education Look Like?

Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural and scientific features of national, state or local park.

A career in environmental education usually includes the following:

  • Getting to know a particular park, forest, or other natural wonder, and developing ways to educate the public.
  • Leading guided expeditions, conduct field trips and deliver interpretive discussions about environmental issues, occurrences and events.
  • Development environmental education programs for the public and education systems.
  • Lecturing, teaching or advising on environmental issues.

Environmental educators must have good speaking skills and enjoy interacting with an audience. You will be expected to distill complex scientific information into easily communicated messages. Deep knowledge of earth sciences and a passion for nature is required.

Environmental Education Salary and Forecast

Those working in environmental education earn a national median salary of $59,070 (as of 2016).

Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading with a job opportunity growth rate of 11.1%.

Environmental educator job forecast

What Education is Required to Work in Environmental Education?

Most environmental education positions require a bachelor’s degree, although some do not.

Explore the many related educational programs available at NC State here:

  • Majors, Minors & Certificates

Environmental Educator Job Opportunities

There are many different types of environmental education jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates qualify for:

  • Park Naturalist
  • Natural Resources Educator
  • Environmental Education Specialist
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Park Ranger

Explore environmental educator job opportunities here.

Ready to Get Started?

Educate. Inspire. Lead the way forward. Apply today and build your career in environmental education.