Advise on policies to determine design, implementation and modification of government or commercial environmental operations.
As an environmental consultant you would either work for, or be hired by, commercial or governmental organisations to assist in areas requiring adherence to environmental concerns and governmental legislation.
Typically this will include any planning stages of a land development, or as part of an audit process, where a number of environmental assessments such as noise/vibration measuring, land and environmental management, waste management and measuring contamination of land and water are required.
The actual tasks performed include a mixture of scientific data collection, auditing and analysis, reporting results and findings, partaking in presentations as well as the development of an environmental management system.
Some consultants will also expand their services to practices such as lecturing those in higher education.
Environmental consultants also organise or take part in field surveys at the beginning of a consultation period, and can be required to continually keep up to date with scientific findings and data. This may be an increasingly important role as many clients are looking for environmentally-conscious companies that have a 'green' reputation.
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
These courses are required to pursue this career.
Postgraduate study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
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Research study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
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Dept of Environment and Conservation
BSc Natural Resource Management
I enjoy working for the State Government because we're implementing and developing policies, so there's a real sense of making a difference
With a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management, I am a project officer with the Forest Management Branch of the Department of Environment and Conservation.
I'm now involved in finalising fauna habitat zones. These are informal reserves spread across the forested south west. This involves GIS interrogation and map production, data analysis, meetings, report writing and - the best part - field trips.
I've been to Barrow Island for the turtle tagging season for the past three years. We get lots of opportunity for training and of course, free entry to national parks!
The skills and knowledge acquired from studies are invaluable in my career. However, the skills gained from my fourth year project were definitely the hook my employers were looking for.