Senior Ecologist Salary
The average pay for a Senior Ecologist is $64,225 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Job Description for Senior Ecologist
Senior ecologists study how organisms interact with the environment. The specific duties required in this position vary depending on the specific employer and role - for example, they may conduct environmental impact assessments or participate in land-management processes; they may also conduct research in a variety of specializations such as freshwater, terrestrial or marine environments. These ecologists may be expected to give presentations to fellow ecologists and other professionals, as well as attend conferences and publish research.Read More...
Senior ecologists may work for universities, government agencies such as the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or non-profit environmental organizations. They may also work for private industry, such as for oil or mining companies; their tasks within these companies may include ensuring their employer’s operations do not violate environmental laws or endanger the environment or living organisms.
A bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science or a related field is typically the minimum educational requirement for this position, although a master's degree or doctorate may be required or preferred. The ability to use relevant computer programs - such as those used for statistical modeling - may be needed for senior ecologist positions. Additionally, senior ecologists must have good oral and written communication skills; they may be required to have leadership skills to provide guidance to more-junior ecologists as well.
Senior Ecologist Tasks
- Research and evaluate industrial byproducts and weigh the benefits of regulatory options.
- Provide technical guidance to clients and ensure that their environmental plans are in line with local and federal ecological standards.
- Work with engineers, scientists, and economists to conduct national and regional environmental assessments.