South Africa’s natural landscape is rich in biological and ecological diversity with over 95 000 species in nine distinct biomes to learn about. Healthy ecosystems are also critical to sustaining wellbeing and livelihoods of people, through economic and domestic activities. Education, training and learning activities play a key role in supporting understanding of and interactions in the environment and the development of actions for sustainable use and management of our natural assets.
Environmental education managers engage with different audiences in schools, colleges, businesses, community groups and the general public. They could work in a specific setting such as a cultural heritage site or museum or travel to sites on beaches, national parks or conservation sites to conduct educational activities.
A thorough understanding of the interrelated nature of the environment and experience in education, training and learning processes is required by environmental education managers, along with:
Research and develop environmental education materials
Develop environmental education frameworks and programmes
Coordinate the implementation of environmental programmes
Identify, build and maintain networking structures and partnerships
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science at NMU, RU, UCT, UJ, UKZN, UMP, UP, UWC and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Environmental Studies at all universities
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences specialising in Botany, Ecology and/ or Zoology at all universities
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Nature Conservation at CPUT, MUT, NMU, TUT, UMP and UNISA
Specialist post-doctoral studies in Environmental Education at NWU, RU, SU and UNISA
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs and community-based and development organisations.
National parks and gardens.
Zoos, museums and aquariums.