Environmental scientists measure and record features of the environment and study, assess and develop methods of controlling or minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.
Duties & Tasks
Environmental scientists may perform the following tasks:plan and conduct research into the physical and biological nature of the environmentundertake laboratory workmonitor the environmental impacts of development activitiesconduct research and prepare proposals to minimise the impact of industrial, agricultural and urban processes on the environmentdevelop conservation plansinvestigate and report on breaches of environmental guidelinesrun community education programmesassist with environmental emergencies, such as chemical spills and accidentsanalyse pollutants, identify their sources and assess their effects on the environmentmonitor the effects of pollution and land degradation, and recommend ways of prevention and controlrehabilitate land, water and air affected by mining, logging, construction, degradation or pollutionresearch matters of immediate and long-term importance to governments and communities, such as the impact of land clearing on native animals and the impact of waste products on waterwaysnegotiate with, and provide advice to, industry, government and the public on environmental matters, such as the management, re-use or disposal of hazardous materialsassist with the development of environmental policies, strategies and codes of practiceconduct environmental audits.
Environmental scientists usually work with a range of other professional and technical staff. The amount of indoor and outdoor work they do depends on the individual job.
- a logical approach to problem-solving aptitude for technical tasks good communication skills able to work as a part of a team.