Career Story: Manager Of A State Environmental Education Program

Manager Of A State Environmental Education Program

Job Title: Environmental Educator

Type of Company: Taking university research and disseminating it to landowners and natural resource professionals statewide.

Education: BS, Kansas State University •• some graduate study, North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Previous Experience: I have worked in various residential environmental education programs in coastal Delaware and North Carolina.

Job Tasks: I manage a statewide environmental education program, working with volunteer facilitators to present workshops to formal and informal educators across the state. I do many of the workshops myself, but a lot of what I do is program marketing and managing volunteers.

I also lead many of the 4-H natural resource programs around the state including camps and statewide contests. My situation at a university allows me to serve as a liaison between the university and the environmental education community. It is a great way to get folks interested in the university and our college. All of these programs are also supported by various web sites, which I also manage.

Every day is different. Some days are spent answering emails and phone calls and doing database work all day long. Other days I will be out in the field either teaching or learning something new about the state's natural resources. I really enjoy the days when either working with adults or youth that the 'light bulb' goes off and there is instant comprehension. Teachers are great to work with but can also be a difficult audience and often imitate their students' worst behavior.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to travel around the state and meet a lot of people. The worse part is traveling around the state for entire weeks at a time and not being at home.

I like teachers getting really excited about the materials and information I am sharing with them, and I really enjoy it when they report back to me about activities that they have done with their students. It can make them excited about teaching again.

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