Who is this qualification designed for?
Environmental Site Coordinators, Environmental Managers, Senior Environmental Officers, Natural Resource Managers, Water Catchment Managers, and other job titles
These personnel are employed by enterprises, governments and resource management authorities to coordinate environmental monitoring and environmental management activities at a site (or for a significant environmental management program or project). They work under the supervision of an environmental scientist or engineer, site manager or enterprise environmental manager.
Most people performing this job role hold a degree in environmental science/management/engineering, or similar qualification. In addition to their scientific knowledge, university graduates require additional skill development in sampling, monitoring and the coordination of environmental activities. Employers have indicated that these practical skills are not currently provided by degree programs.
What fields do they work in?
These personnel work in a very wide range of fields such as:
- Environmental monitoring of air, clean water (catchments/water supply/surface and groundwater, environmental flows), contaminated land and groundwater, soil, noise)
- Environmental compliance inspection
- Clean-up of spills, hazardous materials, site remediation
- Energy technologies and services
- Geotechnical services, civil engineering
- Water treatment, storm and wastewater management
- Health and safety (e.g. noise, air quality)
- Natural resources management
- Pollution control and prevention
- Solid and hazardous waste management.
What is their job role?
These personnel implement environmental management policy, procedures and plans and ensure that legislative obligations are met.
This includes recognising potential and actual environmental impacts of current and planned work and recreational activities, implementing and monitoring appropriate preventative and corrective actions to minimise harm to the environment, coordinating response to incidents, liaising with the site personnel and stakeholders, and providing site and/or project reports.
What kinds of work do they do?
In the private sector, most personnel are employed by companies associated with major infrastructure projects, mining and environmental consultancies. In the public sector, the emphasis of work is more about compliance and community education.