Environmental Educators

Last updated December 31, 2014

Are you passionate about nature and eager to pass that love on to others? Environmental educators, also known as naturalists and interpreters, teach students about natural resources.

Environmental educators might do their teaching outside, while hiking, canoeing, or sitting around a campfire, for example. They often work for the government, schools, and nonprofit organizations in camps, parks, nature centers, environmental programs, and museums. Being in beautiful settings and participating in outdoor activities are two of the bonuses of this job. However, most opportunities are part-time, short-term, and low paying.

Environmental educators develop and teach programs about nature for people of all ages.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Learn about area plants and animals
  • Develop displays and brochures that teach about the natural world
  • Guide young children through activities
  • Make sure children are physically and emotionally safe
  • Take on administrative duties, such as scheduling school groups
  • Get training in first aid and CPR
  • Spend less time with the public and more at your desk as you advance in your career

It Helps To Be...

A nature lover in good physical shape who enjoys working outdoors. You should enjoy the sciences. You need to be outgoing and enthusiastic and have good spoken and written communication skills. You should also be comfortable working with people of all ages.

Make High School Count

  • Get a good grounding in the life sciences, such as biology and ecology, and the physical sciences, such as math and chemistry.
  • Notice the way your teachers teach. What methods work? How do their styles differ?
  • Join the environmental or outdoors club at your school.
  • Volunteer for a government agency  or nonprofit group

Did You Know?

Special skills, from playing guitar to lifeguarding to speaking a second language, will make it easier for you to find work.