By Nsim Team
Environmental management is a popular career choice for graduates and is particularly suitable for those with an interest in sustainability
To become an environmental manager, you need a broad understanding of environmental issues combined with expertise in project development and management. This knowledge base and skill set is gained through a combination of education and in-field experience.
Environmental managers, increasingly known as sustainability managers, are responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. Examining corporate activities, you'll establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation across the organisation.
You'll also create, implement and monitor environmental strategies to promote sustainable development. Your wide remit means you'll review the whole operation, carrying out environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving environmental problems and ensuring necessary changes are implemented.
The educational requirements to becoming an environmental manager vary from employer to employer, and from position to position. Aspiring environmental managers should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a field such as environmental management, project management, natural resource management, environmental engineering, environmental policy or a related field.
Because of the complexity of the position, having a master’s or doctoral degree in any of the aforementioned fields is preferred, and may be necessary depending on who the employer is. In some cases, a wealth of industry experience may effectively replace post-graduate education in terms of qualifying for a job as an environmental manager.
In order to become effective in a career as an environmental manager, you need to have a certain set of skills, knowledge and competencies, including:
• Able to complete projects on time, and within budget
• Must have excellent research skills
• Must be able to take complex information and present it in a well-written, easily understandable format for clients
• Must be able to prepare spreadsheets and be able to present graphs and charts
• Must have excellent data analysis skills
• Must be knowledgeable in the latest environmental laws and regulations in order to ensure organization is compliant
• Must be a skilled and effective manager of staff
• Must be able to build relationships with stakeholders, such as area residents, government officials, and the company’s executives
• Must be able to apply information from stakeholders in the development of environmental strategy action plans
There are a number of different types of organizations in which environmental managers can find jobs, including:
• Federal, provincial/state, and municipal government departments
• Land-use and conservation agencies
• Environmental consulting firms
• Private industry (including manufacturing, forestry, oil and gas, and mining companies)
• Not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations
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