Environmental consultant

What they do

Environmental consultants provide advice on matters relating to environmental management. They aim to ensure that the actions of property developers, private companies, landowners and government departments comply with appropriate standards and regulations, and minimise damage to the natural environment.

Environmental consultants deliver services such as scientific data collection, biodiversity planning, land management, impact evaluations, environmental auditing and contamination assessments. They may perform fieldwork, conduct site inspections, analyse pollution and study the ecology of a site. They then report their findings, and develop strategies and solutions to protect the environment.

Working conditions

Environmental consultants will spend some of their time based in an office, researching and preparing reports. They will also spend some of their time performing consultations, investigating environmental matters and surveying out in the field. They may be involved in collecting data, taking samples, and monitoring pollution, waste or local wildlife populations.

Environmental consultants may be required to undertake project-related travel.

Tools and technologies

Environmental consultants primarily use computers to complete their tasks. They use specialised software programmes such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. Out in the field they may also use sampling and testing equipment, and surveying and measuring equipment. They will work with maps, GPS and a range of scientific data collection tools.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an environmental consultant, you usually need to study a degree with a major in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental management, conservation biology, marine science or a related field.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.