Environment Education and Awareness
Volunteers help communities manage their natural resources and promote environmental education.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Teach in elementary and secondary schools and provide environmental education to youth groups and individuals outside school settings
- Oversee organizational development of environmental groups
- Promote sustainable use of land- or marine-based resources
- Develop and promote community-based ecotourism and other income-generating activities for communities living near protected areas
- Teach soil conservation, forestry, and vegetable gardening practices
How do I qualify?
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in an environmental field such as environmental science, ecology, or natural resource conservation;
OR a degree in any discipline with two years professional experience organizing or leading environmental activities. Most applicants have significant course work in science.
Most applicants have six months experience in related internships or study-abroad programs. Many have had seasonal employment educating the public on environmental issues. Other relevant experience includes conducting biological surveys of plants or animals, initiating environmental campaigns, planting trees or conducting other conservation activities, and grant writing for conservation efforts.
How will this advance my career?
Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Peace Corps environment experience is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, United Nations Environment Program, and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.
Also See: Volunteer Benefits
Last updated Jan 30 2014