Ecologists carry out assessments of the health and distribution of organisms, namely people, plants, and animals, and the relationship between organisms and their environment. Ecologists usually have a specialisation area, e.g. freshwater, marine, terrestrial, fauna, and flora about which they conduct research and perform relating tasks.
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- Investigative / Enterprising
The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.
- Organism taxonomy
Science of classifying organisms.
Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Environmental legislation
The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.
- Analyse ecological data
Analyse and interpret ecological and biological data, using specialist software programs.
- Conduct ecological surveys
Conduct field surveys to collect information about the numbers and distribution of organisms.
- Conduct ecological research
Conduct ecological and biological research in the field and in controlled conditions, using scientific methods and equipment.
- Measure trees
Take all relevant measurements of a tree: use a clinometer to gauge the height, tape to measure the circumference, and increment borers and bark gauges to estimate the growth rate.
- Manage habitats
Create and manage natural habitats.
- Employ habitat survey techniques
Apply sampling strategies and employ a range of habitat survey techniques, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), aerial photography, records and maps.
- Identify plants characteristics
Identify crop characteristics. Identify fruit or vegetable or crops ready for harvest. Grade, classify, or sort products according to specifications. Be able to recognise different types of bulbs by name, graded sizes, field markings and stock markings.
- Write work-related reports
Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.