Imagine yourself standing at the front of a lecture hall, facing a room full of third-year students in an Environmental Studies program. During the past few weeks of this new semester, you’ve been teaching a course on the different factors associated with sustainable development in developed and developing countries, such as resource allocation, political systems and economic growth. In today’s class, you’re presenting a case study of a rural Canadian community in which connecting with diverse community stakeholders was critical to the success of a new recycling program.
The class listens attentively as you talk excitedly about the topic – your enthusiasm and passion for sustainable development is clearly contagious. Later this afternoon, you’ll finish marking last week’s term papers. For the assignment, students needed to identify a successful sustainability project in a specific country and outline the key factors for the project’s success. Once the marking is done, you’ll continue reading through a new research report about incorporating indigenous perspectives in sustainable development planning. You finish your day with a deep sense of satisfaction. The work you do ensures that the next generation of sustainability practitioners have the skills and knowledge they’ll need to make a positive difference for communities, businesses, and governments.
For many Sustainability Educators, a typical day might involve:
In their day-to-day work, Sustainability Educators spend their time:
In the classroom and office:
In the field:
Most Sustainability Educators work in these settings:
The minimum educational requirement for a career as a post-secondary Sustainability Educator is usually a Ph.D. In addition to this degree, Sustainability Educators must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and the capacity to contribute important innovations to their field. For tenured (permanent) positions, Sustainability Educators need a minimum of five years of full-time work experience. If you are a post-secondary student considering a career as a Sustainability Educator, consider taking classes related to:
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