Environmental Education Manager

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 develop, implement and evaluate environmental learning programmes and resource materials to raise awareness, share and promote knowledge and an understanding of the environment and interrelationships within it. They coordinate and facilitate presentations, workshops and can conduct guided interactive field activities. Some also train volunteers and community groups around specific environmental themes.

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.

Skills

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:

  • Ability to easily communicate complex and interrelated environmental concepts and processes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good planning and organisational competence
  • Excellent written and communication skills

Tasks

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

Studies

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

Employers

National, provincial and local government.

NGOs and community-based and development organisations.

Research institutions.

National parks and gardens.

Zoos, museums and aquariums.

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