©2002 Environmental Education Outreach Program & Northern Arizona University
Chapter 2, Section 7:
Environmental information professionals, including educators, specialize in communicating with the public about ecological and earth health issues. Environmental educators may teach in elementary, middle or secondary schools; others work in colleges or universities. In addition to teaching college students, university-level environmental scientists often conduct field research in their area of expertise. Many teachers of biology, chemistry, geology and the other sciences explain environmental processes and relationships in their courses, although they may not have the “Environmental Educator” title. The college degrees required to teach environmental subjects focus on earth sciences and communication skills. Graduates from these programs are also qualified to work in science museums, hands-on leaning and activity centers and outdoor education programs. A good site with many important environmental education links is the Environmental Education Resources.
Environmental information professionals who are not school teachers may become communication specialists who work for newspapers or in the electronic mass media. In addition, private industry, government agencies, tribes, foundations and other organizations employ professional communicators to represent them in the public arena. Environmental interpretation is a third area in the communications field. Professional environmental interpreters work in parks, nature centers, zoos, public gardens, exhibition halls and other outdoor venues where they describe the component populations and dynamics at work in the local landscape.
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