Profession ecologist

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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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising


  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Organism taxonomy

    Science of classifying organisms.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.


  • 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.

  • Manage habitats

    Create and manage natural habitats.

  • Conduct ecological surveys

    Conduct field surveys to collect information about the numbers and distribution of organisms.

  • Analyse ecological data

    Analyse and interpret ecological and biological data, using specialist software programs.

  • 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.

  • Conduct ecological research

    Conduct ecological and biological research in the field and in controlled conditions, using scientific methods and equipment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

animal biology molecular biology develop aquaculture strategies manage environmental impact of operations manage budgets forest ecology conduct fish mortality studies assess environmental impact develop environmental policy monitor water quality educate people about nature biosecurity fish anatomy manage environmental management system organise training manage aquatic habitat develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture conduct environmental surveys use different communication channels control aquatic production environment create training materials fish biology carry out training in environmental matters apply conflict management chemistry conform to health and safety regulations aquatic ecology botany analyse environmental data communicate in english at a competent user level identify training needs develop work plans to solve problems business management principles develop outreach training plans ensure compliance with environmental legislation assess environmental impact in aquaculture operations advise on environmental risk management systems conserve natural resources ensure the safety of endangered species and protected areas promote environmental awareness assess contamination monitor the farm environmental management plan speak different languages environmental policy provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities deliver online training

Common job titles

  • Wetland ecologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Research associate
  • Columbia basin plant ecologist
  • Environmental professional (scientist/biologist/ecologist)
  • Conservation & science research fellow
  • Natural resources team lead
  • Natural resources specialist- wildlife ecologist (14760, grade 18)
  • Ecologist
  • Consulting utility forester