Institutions such as government agencies, public works administration agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations study the environment and the effects of proposed or existing man-made infrastructure. The environmental technician goes into the field to examine soil and water samples; he or she may use a variety of instruments to detect air cleanliness as well. Using sensitive laboratory equipment, the environmental technician studies these samples to determine how existing structures are changing the environment, as well as developing forecasts on continued effects. The environmental technician then creates reports for their organization for use developing policies, policy recommendations, and other purposes. If the environmental technician is employed by a for-profit institution, he or she makes recommendations on staying in compliance with environmental regulations and laws.
Environmental Technician Tasks
Inspect equipment and tools for appropriate maintenace, cleaning, monitoring, and performance.
Inspect operational behavior for compliance and irregularities, collecting data, and making recommendations.
Oversee construction, manufacturing or other operations to ensure safe working environment and minimal environmental disruption.
Communicate and document information about hazards, dangers and air/site quality.