Senior environmental consultants are responsible for all aspects of site-specific compliance with environmental laws, rules, and regulations from state and federal agencies. These consultants provide assistance to subcontractors and other outside clients and are responsible for maintaining and developing their organization’s relationships with these clients to ensure future consulting work. They provide oversight on projects for clients, ensuring that all activities meet the specific compliance requirements dictated by law; they also examine construction proposals submitted by clients for regulatory issues and make recommendations regarding changes prior to the start of construction. Senior environmental consultants also establish an environmental compliance budget and schedule for their client’s project. Once ground is broken, senior environmental consultants make site visits the maintain oversight and ensure their initial compliance plans are being implemented.
Senior environmental consultants work in a variety of settings. This includes office work such as meeting with clients, researching regulatory information, analyzing and developing project plans, and setting project compliance budgets. Frequent travel is also necessary, as they must oversee the implementation of their regulatory compliance plan on site. Senior environmental consultants may be required to train site employees on regulatory issues to ensure continued compliance. Additionally, they must continually educate themselves on industry trends and regulatory changes.
Senior environmental consultants are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a related field. They require substantial experience in the field, usually at least seven years, as they work independently and are responsible for training. Specific knowledge of industry regulatory matters is usually required to reach the senior consultant level.
Senior Environmental Consultant Tasks
- Conduct environmental impact assessments and audits, documenting recommendations.
- Collect data, calculate algorithms, and build models for predicting environmental situations.
- Write reports and document change in environmental and site variables.
- Liaise with clients, senior management, and engineers to guide appropriate actions.
- Create bids and proposals to execute recommendations and meet regulations.