Profession environmental scientist

Environmental scientists identify problems and find solutions in order to minimize environmental hazards by performing analysis on samples such as air, water or soil. They advise on or develop environmental policies and aim to improve water supplies preservation and manage waste disposal sites. Environmental scientists perform environmental risk assessments and analyse the environmental impact of new solutions, construction sites or environmental changes ensuring the environmental regulations are followed.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

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Knowledge

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • 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 management monitors

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

  • 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.

  • Pollution legislation

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

  • 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 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.

  • Environmental threats

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

Skills

  • Manage environmental management system

    Develop and implement an environmental management system.

  • Assess groundwater environmental impact

    Estimate environmental impact of groundwater abstraction and management activities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perform environmental investigations

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

  • 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 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.

  • Analyse environmental data

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

  • Use consulting techniques

    Advise clients in different personal or professional matters.

  • 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.

  • Prepare visual data

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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