Working in environmental education, including forest school jobs, field studies tutor roles and interpretation.
Informing the general public and educating the next generation is a
vital part of many jobs within the countryside sector. Environmental
Education is a significant part of the sector and encompasses everything
from pre-school tots groups to running training courses for higher
education and adults; in addition most organisations and sites require
some interpretation work taking the message of the group to the public in
the form of talks, on site information panels and running stalls at
events. Each level brings its own challenges and an education
officer who runs the toddler group will not be setting up higher
education courses but may be required to run guided walks and events for
an adult audience.
You'll find interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure
activities instructors also higher and further education roles. Sometimes environmental education roles are combined with leading the
more adventurous outdoor activities although this can be a career in
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Field Studies Tutor, Environmental Education Officer, Tutor, Lecturer,
Engagement and Education Officer,
Outdoor Activities Instructor the
National Careers Service has role profiles of all of these and many more
(click the links)
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There is no one specific set of skills required to work in
Environmental Education you need to be friendly, outgoing and able to
convey difficult concepts in an easy to understand manner. If
you're working with school children then a great degree of patience is
essential. A background in teaching is often desirable but not
always essential. For the Outdoor Adventure activities side an ability
to swim is usually required and NGB Certificates in your chosen sport(s)
e.g. rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking.
A DBS check will be required.
Unusual skills such as
foraging for food, mindfulness or coracle making might be helpful in
making your application stand out.
Information and in depth articles
Calling all conservationists: Help deliver next generation of nature enthusiasts, University of Reading
Generation Wild: Inspiring the next generation of nature lovers, Generation Wild from WWT
Introducing Countryside Classroom
Engaging children with nature through drama and storytelling, Eco Drama
Froglife is Leaping forward for Dementia
Working towards WILDER lives, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Planning your environmental education programme, Wild Ideas
NAEE UK - the National Association for Environmental Education
Institute for Outdoor
Field Studies Council