Environmental scientist

Environmental Scientists use their technical background and knowledge to study the environment and develop policies and plans for protecting flora, fauna, water, air, and other aspects of the environment. They may work in hands-on conservation or in more abstract environmental policy circles.

Duties and tasks

  • Developing and implementing suggestions and advice to ensure an environmentally sustainable future
  • Developing short-term and long-term environmentally sustainable policies
  • Educating others about the need for conservation and environmentally sound practices and policies
  • Performing inventory of plants, animals, etc. to structure and inform environmental policy
  • Studying and evaluating current environmental problems
  • Working on conservation and sustainability to ensure a healthy and robust environment

Skills required

  • Ability to use logic, reasoning, and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent reading comprehension and writing
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of environmental and other sciences
  • Well-developed listening abilities

Working conditions

Many Environmental Scientists work "in the field" or hands-on in nature to promote sustainability and conservation. Just as many, however, work in office settings to develop and implement policy. Some may also work in classroom or educational settings like universities or adult learning centres.Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
Environment and Heritage (NSW)

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