Who is this qualification designed for?
Environmental Assistants, environmental technicians, technical assistants and other job titles.
These personnel are employed by enterprises, governments and resource management authorities to conduct environmental sampling and testing and operate environmental monitoring instruments.
What fields do they work in?
These personnel work in a very wide range of fields such as:
- Environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (e.g. air, water, soil and rocks)
- Geotechnical services
- Natural resource management
- Water supply and treatment, storm and wastewater management
- Solid and hazardous waste management.
What is their job role?
These personnel have no responsibility for environmental decision making and data interpretation because of the significant consequences that serious findings may have on economic activity.
Rather, their role is to collect, check and present reliable environmental information.
Field decisions are taken in consultation with others.
What kinds of work do they do?
Job tasks will vary with the fields of employment. In general, they operate monitoring equipment, collect samples and conduct tests both in the field and at site laboratories. Other personnel may collect a range of field data relating to the suitability of land and water use and process and present this data using geographical information systems (GIS) software.