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Sustainability Ambassadors


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Career Skills

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Washington



Community Educator

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  • This resource is a six-page informational brochure about the community educator career path, including a detailed job description and a spotlight on an individual with this career from Seattle, Washington.
  • Students will learn the average salary, educational background, necessary skills, and responsibilities of a community educator.
Teaching Tips


  • Selena Ligrano shares candid insight into the career path that will help students decide if community education is something they are interested in pursuing.
  • The resource emphasizes the importance of following your passion in your career choice.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The Garden Hotline link on page three is broken.
  • Some students, especially English language learners, may need the terms prerequisite, horticulture, ecology, networking, and others defined before reading the article.


  • Students can identify organizations in their area that, similar to Tilth, are working in community education related to climate change.
  • Using Selena Ligrano as an example, students can journal about their work experiences and passions and how these might fit with this career or other green career paths.
  • English language arts classes can use this resource to practice reading informational text.
  • Social studies classes can use this resource to discuss career paths as a means to solve societal problems like climate change.
  • Classes with limited time or students with low reading stamina can read the narrative as a class and assign sections of the article as a jigsaw activity.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Sustainability Ambassadors introduces students to the community educator career in general before turning to a personal narrative of Selena Ligrano, who works as a community educator and operates a "garden hotline" in Seattle, Washington. The text is exceedingly clear, laying out the necessary education and skills to be a community educator and what the job looks like day to day. This resource provides an excellent description of an impactful green career and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Career Awareness, Exploration, Preparation, and Training
      • 9.2.12.CAP.4: Evaluate different careers and develop various plans (e.g., costs of public, private, training schools) and timetables for achieving them, including educational/training requirements, costs, loans, and debt repayment.
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.CI.2: Identify career pathways that highlight personal talents, skills, and abilities (e.g., 1.4.12prof.CR2b, 2.2.12.LF.8).
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