CAREER DEVELOPMENT / NOV. 05, 2014
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How to Become an Environmental Restoration Planner in UK

Environmental restoration planners help restore areas affected by massive pollution or man-made disasters. They assess the extent of the destruction and come up with a strategy to restore and improve it to make the area habitable and usable. Their work involves extensive tests for traces of pollutants and chemicals to ensure the restoration process is as thorough as possible.

What Does an Environmental Restoration Planner in UK Do?

Environmental restoration planning involves duties such as:

  • Inspect areas for environmental pollutants and safety hazards
  • Collect samples and assess the extent of damage in the area
  • Design and recommend a clean-up plan
  • Supervise the restoration process
  • Perform regular checks on establishments to ascertain they are free of environmental, health and safety hazards
  • Install and maintain safety measuring equipment to measure the saturation of hazards such as smoke in the environment
  • Present clients with test results and offer advice as per the results

Qualifications

The following qualifications prepare you for a career an environmental restoration planner:

  • GCSEs in English, Maths, Design and the three science’s with at least a C grade in each
  • A bachelor’s degree in a science subject
  • A master’s degree in environmental science

Skills

Some of the skills and traits common with successful environmental restoration planners include:

  • Wide scientific knowledge
  • Interest in environmental conservation and clean up
  • High professional and ethical standards
  • Ability to combine data from multiple sources and formulate meaningful hypothesis
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Keen observation skills and attention to detail
  • Interest in research, data collection and analysis
  • Innovative approach to problem solving

Work Environment

In your career, you will work for scientific and technical firms or government and environmental organizations. You will work in an office, in labs and in the field. Fieldwork will vary depending on the nature of the assignment; you can be in a factory one day and in a residential estate the next.

During fieldwork, you spend a lot of time on your feet sometimes lifting and moving heavy equipment, which can be physically exhausting. Physical exercise is necessary to help you prepare for the tedious work. Your work also exposes you to different chemicals and pollutants. As such it is necessary to always wear protective gear to avoid exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals.

You can also combine your regular work with a teaching job, where you will train students on different environmental restoration techniques and introduce them to the practical aspects.

Salary

Although salaries can vary, the average salary for environmental restoration planners is as follows:

Entry level        

£21,840

Intermediate level

£38,880

Successful

£60,000

Source: PlotR: Environmental Restoration Planner

Career Prospects

Environmental restoration planning allows for self-employment where you can set up your own firm and outsource work from organisations that need your services. Different employers also offer different career advancement opportunities. You can rise to the rank of head researcher in a lab or to a managerial position at a scientific or technical firm.

Academic institutions also offer teaching and research jobs. This will give you the opportunity to identify new environmental challenges and offer sustainable solutions. You will also get to train young environmentalists and inspire them to develop a passion for environmental restoration.

If you love the environment and are passionate about stopping pollution, you should consider a career in environmental restoration planning.


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