Environmental planners help provide data and make decisions related to environmental issues for their organization. Their responsibilities include providing support, guidance, and review for the various projects under their supervision. They develop and maintain quality control methods, including the creation of detailed reports and collection of data. Project management responsibilities are sometimes included as well, ranging from budget tracking to building schedules. Environmental planners coordinate with various agencies, engineers, designers, and other related workers in the field. Some positions may also require employees to make presentations on behalf of the organization as well. Environmental planners must stay up to date on relevant environmental regulations, standards, and best practices. The majority of the environmental planners' work takes place in an office environment, although travel to work sites is occasionally required.
Educational requirements vary depending on the company and position, but usually a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or another relevant field is the minimum educational requirement; some positions will require master's degrees. Experience requirements vary as well, but many jobs require at least five to 10 years of relevant experience. Some also require specialized training, which may include training on surveying various environments to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training. A driver's license may be required as well to meet travel requirements. Some positions may require physical capabilities such as extensive walking, crawling, lifting, or using tools.
Environmental Planner Tasks
Write environmental assessments and conduct studies to determine impacts and constraints.
Evaluate project plans to identify obstacles and opportunities.
Explain and enforce legal and environmental regulations.
Monitor and evaluate mitigation plans and remediation.