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Environmental Education Officer

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Job Prospects Average
Salary Range $42,000 to $60,000
Brief The conservation and protection of the environment is only really achievable if the whole community gets involved. And it's the job of environmental education officers to enlist such involvement. They foster and encourage the interest and involvement of the community in the protection of the environment. They are involved in promoting appropriate programs to assist in protecting and minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.

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Introduction

Environmental education officers work to encourage the community to be proactive about improving the natural environment. They work at a grass-roots level. Having direct contact with everyone from school children as young as five through to landcare group members is a significant part of an education officer's role, and is the key to its success.

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Education Requirements

Although there are no specific educational requirements for entry into this occupation, it may be advantageous to have completed some formal training in the areas of teaching or environmental science.

TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. Pathways include Certificate II, III and IV in Conservation and Land Management.

SA Apprenticeships are available in this occupation for further information go to the Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services Website at http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships or phone the Freecall number 1800 673 097.

Flinders University offers a Bachelor of Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degrees.

The University of Adelaide offer the following degrees: Bachelor of Science (EcoChemistry), Bachelor of Science (Ecology and environmental biology) and Bachelor of Science (Sustainable Environments).

The University of South Australia offers a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies) and a Bachelor of Biodiversity, Environmental and Park Management.

Career Path

Providing advice and support to the Department of Education, schools and teachers on the integration of environmental awareness and education into the curriculum is also part of their role. Environmental education officers also prepare media releases and publications and organise displays to increase public awareness.

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Nature of the Job

Environmental Education Officers plan and conduct programs that promote awareness of the physical and biological nature of the environment. They also run community education programs on ways of minimising the impact of industrial, agricultural and urban processes on the environment. They can also be involved in developing conservation plans. They may also be involved in conducting environmental audits as well as in research matters of immediate and long-term importance to governments and communities on the impact of human activity on the environment.

Typical Physical Working Environment

To succeed in this occupation, you need excellent communication skills and you must be able to interact with people of all age groups. Initiative and good organisational skills are also critical. Basic science skills to collect water-monitoring data that measures the concentration of salt in water, are required. Most important, will be your understanding of environmental issues and your enthusiasm. Employment prospects are currently limited by the small size of the occupation. However, as environmental awareness grows, employment prospects are likely to improve.

Typical Occupational Example

Asked why he is inspired by this occupation, an environmental education officer says that, 'The environment underpins our whole existence, so it's really important for the whole community to contribute to its health. Environmental education starts with raising awareness. Eventually such awareness leads to people taking action in their everyday lives. And that's when we'll really know that we've made a difference. ''Environmental education officers also seek out funding and sponsorship opportunities and provide advice to and receive advice from industry, government and community groups on the restoration of waterways.

Earning Potential

The starting salary in this occupation is about $42,000 which generally only increases when you progress to management positions, where the annual salary is likely to be in the vicinity of $60,000.

Further Information

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