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Environment Sector

Help forge a global movement to protect our planet. Volunteers lead grassroots efforts in their communities to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in elementary and secondary schools and to youth groups and community organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to protect and conserve the local environment. Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

Training and Experience for the Environment Sector

Leveraging concrete knowledge and skills is central to on-the-ground international development work. Through this PC Prep program, you will begin to build a professional specialty, which should serve your career well whether or not you become a Peace Corps Volunteer.

For PC Prep, you need to complete at least 3 courses that align with a specific work sector (they can but do not need to come from your academic major or minor). You also must accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in that same sector, preferably in a teaching or outreach capacity.

If you choose Environment, take 3 courses from one of the following areas:

  1. Environmental Science or related field
  2. Natural Resources Conservation
  3. Park Administration
  4. Wildlife Biology
  5. Natural Resources or Wildlife Management
  6. Forestry
  7. Biology, Botany or Ecology
  8. Geology

Recommended courses include (if there is another course in the catalog that you feel meets this requirement, please discuss it with your PC Prep Coordinator):

  • ENR 2000: Environment and Society
  • ENR 1200: Environment
  • ZOO 2450: Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management
  • LIFE 2022: Animal Biology
  • REWM 2000 Principles of Rangeland Management
  • LIFE 3400 General Ecology

AND, build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Educating the public on environmental or conservation issues, or working on environmental campaigns
  • Conducting biological surveys of plants or animals
  • Gardening, farming, nursery management, organic or low-input vegetable production, or landscaping
  • Providing technical assistance and training in natural resource management
  • Volunteer or work for the Wyoming Conservation Corps
  • Participate in the Teton Science School Field course
  • Work of volunteer for the Biodiversity Center

Read the Peace Corps Prep Student Guide for more information or to answer any questions.

Contact Us

Peace Corps Prep Program

222 Knight Hall Dept. 3195, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2398


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