Environmental Restoration Planners

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About the Job

Collaborate with field and biology staff to oversee the implementation of restoration projects and to develop new products. Process and synthesize complex scientific data into practical strategies for restoration, monitoring or management.

It is also Called

  • Watershed Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager, Environmental Planning
  • Planning Manager
  • Marine Habitat Resource Specialist
  • Habitat Conservation Planner
  • Fisheries Habitat Restoration Specialist
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery
  • Executive Director
  • Environmental Restoration Program Manager (ERP Manager)
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What They Do

  • Plan or supervise environmental studies to achieve compliance with environmental regulations in construction, modification, operation, acquisition, or divestiture of facilities such as power plants.
  • Develop environmental management or restoration plans for sites with power transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, fuel refineries, geothermal plants, wind farms, or solar farms.
  • Notify regulatory or permitting agencies of deviations from implemented remediation plans.
  • Create environmental models or simulations, using geographic information system (GIS) data and knowledge of particular ecosystems or ecological regions.
  • Inspect active remediation sites to ensure compliance with environmental or safety policies, standards, or regulations.
  • Identify environmental mitigation alternatives, ensuring compliance with applicable standards, laws, or regulations.
  • Develop natural resource management plans, using knowledge of environmental planning or state and federal environmental regulatory requirements.
  • Review existing environmental remediation designs.
  • Conduct feasibility and cost-benefit studies for environmental remediation projects.
  • Conduct environmental impact studies to examine the ecological effects of pollutants, disease, human activities, nature, and climate change.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $72,630 with most people making between $42,780 and $116,810

Outlook

0.99%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,040 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,340 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 90 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.



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