Environmental education is always needed in various forms.  Many Ecotourism companies and environmental departments within government are employing people to teach children and adults about the environment.  To work as an Environmental Educator or Naturalist a person does not necessarily need to have a degree in education, sometimes background knowledge in the field and relative experience is enough to gain employment.


Where Could you Work

  • Ecotourism Operators
  • Holiday Camps
  • National Parks and Reserves
  • Zoos and Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Local Councils
  • Conservation Groups

Remuneration and Advancement


Remuneration as an Environmental Educator can vary and is usually part-time and possibly seasonal.  Non-government organisations and wildlife conservation groups may pay more or less, depending on funding. There is some scope for advancement with further training in this field, with some people moving into planning and design of educational programs.  Additional experience can help with advancement in this


How to distinguish yourself from the competition

Some background knowledge in Environmental Studies would be beneficial to getting a job in this field.  The best way to get started in this industry is to offer your services as a volunteer.  This will give you much-needed experience and the possibility of gaining more permanent employment with an organisation.

Risks and Stress Rating


This is a relatively stress-free occupation.  Most of the stress involved may be when trying to coordinate larger groups in a natural setting.  Risks are minimal, if working with animals there is the risk of being bitten along with the transfer of parasites and diseases.  Working in natural areas there is also risks eg. near water fast-flowing water, cliffs etc.




To work as a contractor in this field, you should consider personal indemnity insurance. A Professional Indemnity policy aims to shield the professional's assets in the event of a claim, therefore ensuring that he/she is able to carry on their business. Most of the roles mentioned above are not filled by contractors and are more commonly recruited as casual or permanent positions. To minimise risk of liability, you must investigate and learn about the legal and professional requirements for practicing in this field.


Recommended Courses/Career Pathways


Going in to an interview with some experience and qualifications is always beneficial.  As this is usually a casual or seasonal position, high qualifications are not necessarily desirable.  Short courses offered by the ACS can provide strong background knowledge as well as appropriate qualifications, including:


Environmental Studies


Introduction to Ecology


Vertebrate Zoology


Water Conservation and Management


Wildlife Management


Environmental Waste Management


Marine Studies



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