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Environmental Advisor

An environmental advisor provides expertise to the project teams, offering advise on environmental 
management framework during the design and construction phases of the project. If you are interested in plants, animals, carbon and environmental science, this role could be perfect for you.

What would I do?

  • Interest in the natural environment

  • A methodical approach to work

  • Ability to gather and interpret data

  • Knowledge of environmental policies and legislation

  • An impartial approach

  • Good presentation, report writing and IT skills

  • Project management skills​

Skills needed

  • ​Carrying out fieldwork - surveying and recording information on plants, animals and environmental conditions

  • Researching the impact of human activity, like housing and intensive agriculture, on the environment

  • Building computer models to predict the effects of development or climate change

  • Undertaking regular environmental inspections on site

  • Preparing reports and presenting research at conferences

  • Organising or supporting school, university and community education programmes

  • Monitoring pollution incidents such as chemical spillages

  • Advising on an enforcing legal regulations

  • Assist teams with developing and implementing green  initiatives and environmental best practice during projects

  • Assess and make recommendations on proposals for sustainable land use from authorities, government and companies

Possible duties:

Most environmental advisors carry out both field and office or lab based work. When working in a laboratory or writing up research you could be based at one site, working 37-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Research and fieldwork could involve longer and irregular hours including weekends and evenings. You could be working outdoors for long periods of time. 

What to expect


  • Starting salaries at advisor level are between £20,000 and £25,000 a year 

  • With 3+ years experience this can rise to £26,000 - £40,00 per year

  • Environmental managers can earn over  £45,000 per year

Possible routes

  • Relevant degree e.g. Ecology, Conservation biology, Ecological science, Zoology, Marine biology, Environmental science, Ecology and environmental sustainability

  • Possibly a Masters or a PhD

  • Volunteering is a good way to gain experience​

  • Membership of a professional body



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