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Environmental Consultant

If you are passionate about protecting the environment and have an understanding of the realities of running a business, then a career as an environmental consultant could be for you

An environmental consultant works with organisations on a range of environmental issues, offering expert advisory and assessment services to ensure that possible damaging effects are managed or eliminated.

You may be responsible for ensuring that your client or your employer complies with environmental regulations.

You could work on commercial or government contracts, addressing a variety of environmental issues.

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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service


What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?


Key Responsibilities

Looking at the suitability of new developments, like housing, power stations, wind farms or other large sites that may impact the environment;
Conducting field surveys and collecting data about levels of pollution or contamination on a site or area of consideration
Interpreting data, which can include using software-modelling packages, and report writing;
Managing legislative issues for clients and maintaining an awareness of how legislation impacts projects
Developing conceptual models, which involves identification and consideration of potential contamination;
Communicating with clients, regulators and sub-contractors, e.g. analytical laboratories
Researching previous investigations of a site to provide information to clients considering purchase
Undertaking field work to identify previous activities on the site and any contamination


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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant subject e.g. agricultural and horticultural sciences;biological sciences;chemical and physical sciences; engineering
In addition to a first degree, applicants often have a relevant postgraduate qualification or work experience in the field they are interested in.

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Business skills and commercial awareness, as consultants operate in a very commercial environment
Communication and presentation skills
IT skills, such as word processing and the use of spreadsheets and presentation packages
Project management skills, as time and resources are allocated to projects and need to be monitored and adhered to
Logical thinking and problem solving skills
Organisation and time management skills, to manage several projects at one time.

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Graduate: £22,000 - £24,000
2-5 years of experience: £22,000- £33,000
Senior Environmental Consultant: £33,000 - £44,000
Principal Environmental Consultant: £38,500 - £60,000
Case Study


Barriers faced: 

When we met Babes she was Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), and was struggling to find work.

How we helped: 

She attended a Construction Youth Trust course and learnt about the careers in the construction trades and professions and earnt her CSCS card.


We helped her gain work experience with Graham Construction and after a successful placement she is now pursuing a career in Quantity Surveying.

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