Environmental Restoration Planners

Collaborate with field and biology staff to oversee the implementation of restoration projects and to develop new products. Process and synthesize complex scientific data into practical strategies for restoration, monitoring or management.

Median Annual Wage: $66,250

Education: Master's degree (52%); Bachelor's degree (33%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (10%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Project Manager; Executive Director; Coastal and Estuary Specialist; Director, Forest Restoration Institute; Director, River Restoration; Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery; Fisheries Habitat Restoration Specialist; Marine Habitat Resource Specialist; Program Manager, Environmental Planning; Watershed Coordinator

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  • Develop and communicate recommendations for landowners to maintain or restore environmental conditions.
  • Plan environmental restoration projects, using biological databases, environmental strategies, and planning software.
  • Communicate findings of environmental studies or proposals for environmental remediation to other restoration professionals.
  • Conduct site assessments to certify a habitat or to ascertain environmental damage or restoration needs.
  • Develop environmental restoration project schedules and budgets.
  • Create habitat management or restoration plans, such as native tree restoration and weed control.
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to employees working in the field to restore habitats.
  • Apply for permits required for the implementation of environmental remediation projects.
  • Create diagrams to communicate environmental remediation planning using geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), or other mapping or diagramming software.
  • Identify short- and long-term impacts of environmental remediation activities.
  • Provide technical direction on environmental planning to energy engineers, biologists, geologists, or other professionals working to develop restoration plans or strategies.
  • Conduct environmental impact studies to examine the ecological effects of pollutants, disease, human activities, nature, and climate change.
  • Conduct feasibility and cost-benefit studies for environmental remediation projects.
  • Review existing environmental remediation designs.
  • Develop natural resource management plans, using knowledge of environmental planning or state and federal environmental regulatory requirements.
  • Identify environmental mitigation alternatives, ensuring compliance with applicable standards, laws, or regulations.
  • Inspect active remediation sites to ensure compliance with environmental or safety policies, standards, or regulations.

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Environmental Restoration Planners.

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