Profession environmental expert

Environmental experts search for technological solutions to tackle environmental problems. They detect and analyse environmental issues and develop new technological production processes to counter these problematic issues. They research the effect of their technological innovations and present their findings in scientific reports.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Environmental threats

    The threats for the environment which are related to biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological, and physical hazards.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Pollution prevention

    The processes used to prevent pollution: precautions to pollution of the environment, procedures to counter pollution and associated equipment, and possible measures to protect the environment.

  • Pollution legislation

    Be familiar with European and National legislation regarding the risk of pollution.

Skills

  • Advise on environmental remediation

    Advise on the development and implementation of actions which aim to remove sources of pollution and contamination from the environment.

  • Investigate pollution

    Identify the cause of pollution incidents, as well as its nature and the extent of the risks, by performing tests on the site of pollution as well as in a laboratory and performing research.

  • Advise on pollution prevention

    Advise individuals and organisations on the development and implementation of actions which aid in the prevention of pollution and its related risks.

  • Develop environmental remediation strategies

    Develop strategies for the removal of pollution and contaminants from soil, groundwater, surface water, or sediment, taking into account environmental remediation regulations and available technologies.

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • Measure pollution

    Conduct pollution measurements to determine whether the prescribed pollutant limits are respected. Check firing systems and exhaust paths of gas water heaters, air heaters, and similar equipment.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Develop environmental policy

    Develop an organisational policy on sustainable development and compliance with environmental legislation in line with policy mechanisms used in the field of environmental protection.

  • Assess environmental impact

    Monitor environmental impacts and carry out assessments in order to identify and to reduce the organisation's environmental risks while taking costs into account.

  • Perform environmental investigations

    Perform environmental investigations as required, checking regulatory proceedings, possible legal actions or other types of complaint.

  • Carry out environmental audits

    Use equipment to measure various environmental parameters in order to identify environmental problems and investigate manners in which they can be resolved, perform inspections in order to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

  • Report on environmental issues

    Compile environmental reports and communicate on issues. Inform the public or any interested parties in a given context on relevant recent developments in the environment, forecasts on the future of the environment, and any problems and possible solutions.

  • Conduct environmental surveys

    Conduct surveys in order to collect information for analysis and management of environmental risks within an organisation or in a wider context.

  • Report pollution incidents

    When an incident causes pollution, examine the extent of the damage and what the consequences could be and report it relevant institution following pollution reporting procedures.

  • Analyse environmental data

    Analyse data that interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.

Optional knowledge and skills

carry out training in environmental matters monitor environmental parameters inspect industrial equipment liaise with engineers write scientific papers perform scientific research environmental engineering assess environmental plans against financial costs apply scientific methods work with chemicals promote environmental awareness liaise with local authorities

Common job titles

  • Water quality specialist (entry-level)
  • Intern - environment affairs [temporary]
  • Natural resource scientist/biologist (charleston)
  • Environmental scientist/geologist intern
  • Energy policy internship – fall 2017
  • Water resource scientist
  • Environmental planner – portland, or
  • Social media editor
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental safety officer