Environmental manager

What they do

Environmental managers are responsible for establishing, implementing and monitoring environmental management systems within private, public and volunteer organisations within Western Australia. They coordinate the policies and processes required to achieve environmental objectives and targets, and report on the overall performance.

Environmental managers develop systems designed to minimise the impact of an organisation on the environment, including the regulation and management of electricity, water, general waste consumption, and pollution or carbon emissions from road or air travel. They must also communicate these standards to staff and promote them within the organisation.

Working conditions

Environmental managers can work in a variety of different workplaces, but will usually spend some of their time based in an office, overseeing a team of people such as environmental consultants, and meeting with clients.

Depending on the organisation they work for, they may have to conduct site visits and may be required to undertake project-related travel.

Tools and technologies

Environmental managers primarily use computers and specialist software including environmental data compiling and management software to write reports and distribute information within their company. They may also use equipment to obtain samples, to test for noise or vibrations, and measure and monitor land or water for contamination.

How do I become one?

Education and training

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

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

Most environmental managers will generally have worked for a number of years in the industry before progressing to a manager role. You may also be required to complete further studies in management.

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