Profession environmental scientist

Environmental scientists study and assess the effects on the environment of human activity such as air, water and noise pollution, soil contamination, climate change, toxic waste and depletion and degradation of natural resources.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Investigative / Enterprising

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Knowledge

  • Environmental management monitors

    The hardware and equipment suitable for measurement and live monitoring of environmental parameters.

  • 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.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Environmental threats

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

  • Pollution legislation

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

Skills

  • Assess groundwater environmental impact

    Estimate environmental impact of groundwater abstraction and management activities.

  • 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.

  • Analyse environmental data

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

  • Manage environmental management system

    Develop and implement an environmental management system.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • 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.

  • Conduct environmental site assessments

    Manage and oversee environmental site prospection and assessments for mining or industrial sites. Designate and demarcate areas for geochemical analysis and scientific research.

  • Advise on environmental risk management systems

    Evaluate requirements and advise on systems for environmental risk management. Ensure the customer does his part in preventing or limiting adverse environmental impact through the use of technology. Ensure required licenses and permits are obtained.

  • 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.

  • Use consulting techniques

    Advise clients in different personal or professional matters.

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • 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.

  • Follow environmental protection standards

    Know and adhere to environmental protection standards, in some cases through direct discussion with local governments to ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

  • 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.

  • Conduct research before survey

    Acquire information about property and its boundaries before the survey by searching legal records, survey records, and land titles.

  • Implement environmental protection measures

    Enforce environmental criteria to prevent environmental damage. Strive for the efficient use of resources in order to prevent waste and reduce costs. Motivate colleagues to take relevant steps to operate in an environmentally friendly manner.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Prepare visual data

    Prepare charts and graphs in order to present data in a visual manner.

  • Perform environmental investigations

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

Optional knowledge and skills

address public health issues hazardous waste storage carry out training in environmental matters possess visual literacy chemistry assess environmental plans against financial costs work with chemicals biology consumer protection inspect industrial equipment mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products manage chemical testing procedures engineering principles handle chemicals monitor environmental parameters have computer literacy civil engineering environmental engineering

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