An environmental specialist is in charge of enforcing and regulating the containment and disposal of hazardous materials.They help ensure that federal, state, and local regulations are followed, as well as perform environmental studies to determine the effects of pollution on the local environment. If a violation occurs, the environmental specialist must perform follow-up interviews and studies to ensure that the offending party corrects the situation and assess the effects on the environment. The environmental specialist must pay attention to detail and be well organized, as they are in charge of keeping inspection logs and submitting summaries of their inspection logs; these skills are also important for keeping accurate inventory records for hazardous materials and chemicals.
Environmental specialist must also have the computer skills necessary to take the information gathered and present it in writing and using visuals (such as through graphs). Many times,the information prepared by the environmental specialist is presented to regulatory organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Another important part of the environmental specialist's job is to ensure the chain of custody when it comes to sensitive documents generated through environmental studies. The chain of custody is important because, if broken, entire studies may be rendered invalid or compromised.
The education required for an environmental specialist typically includes at least a bachelors degree in either a biological or physical science. discipline. Additionally, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are important.
Environmental Specialist Tasks
Design, develop, and execute the environmental management system.
Monitor waste storage programs across all sites and ensure waste streams are managed in compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.
Conduct chemical inventories, audits, and inspections of facilities.
Coordinate with a team of environmental specialists to support the overall facility compliance process.