Environmental program managers are responsible for optimizing a business's sustainability. Their specific duties vary depending on the industry in which they are employed, though their ultimate aim is to oversee business practices and implemented actions which are environmentally-friendly and aimed at improving land, air, or water quality.
Environmental program managers may be employed by independent contractors or large environmental consulting firms, though they commonly work for private entities such as energy, aerospace, and federal construction companies. Their job entails interacting with environmental regulatory agencies, and they may need to prepare reports and work-plans, investigate sites at which a company's project may operate, and process and observe data. If working for an individual contractor, they may mitigate projects, acquire necessary permits, and ensure everything is in compliance with regulations. Those who work or consulting firms may be required to monitor construction and refinery workers; in the event of an accident, they may need to prepare an accident report.
Environmental program managers typically work in offices during standard forty-hour workweeks, though they may be required to travel to project sites, vendor locations, or production faculties as needed. This job requires a good deal of communication with others; aside from speaking with construction workers and contractors, these managers often work with subcontractors and representatives from environmental agencies, as well. They may liaise between their immediate employer and other branches of their company, or serve as intermediaries to federal agencies. As managers, they often train and direct subordinates, as well. For most entry-level positions, a bachelor's degree in an environmental science or a related field is generally required.
Environmental Program Manager Tasks
Provide compliance expertise and assistance.
Act as point of contact for clients and team members.
Lead, supervise, coordinate, train and oversee program procedures.
Ensure appropriate documentation, paperwork and permits are filed.