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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

Qualifying as an environmental education officer

The qualifications you will need may vary with the exact job specification, so this page aims to give you an idea of the sort of things employers may look for.


  1. A relevant degree such as geography
  2. If you want a position that focuses on education in schools you may want to consider a PGCE or postgraduate qualification in education. Some jobs want a teaching qualification while others are happy for experience working with children in an education setting to count for this.
  3. Many posts require a full driving licence
  4. CRB checks and first aid qualifications are usually required before you can start your job so be ready for these after interviews

Work experience

Most posts require a minimum of 6 months’ work experience, this can be paid or voluntary. Unpaid opportunities are easier to find and may lead on to paid casual work if you show commitment and enthusiasm. Casual vacancies may not be advertised and instead offered to a current volunteer.

Consider a mixture of environmental/conservation work and education or community-based experience such as youth work or summer camps to gain experience in all aspects of the job.

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