An Environmental Manager, also known as a sustainability manager, is someone who works for a business or organisation and is responsible for overseeing their environmental performance. They create strategies to promote sustainable development and resolve environmental problems.
In day to day work you may; develop and implement environmental strategies, coordinate various conservation and environmental actions such as pollution control and waste management within corporations, implement environmental policies, ensure compliance with legislations and regulations, liaise with local authorities and public bodies, carry out impact assessments, audit, analyse and report environmental performance, train staff on environmental issues, participate in environmental education, set sustainability targets.
Key Skills Required:
- IT skills
- Negotiation skills
- Excellent organisational skills
- Strong leadership skills
- Effective communication skills
- Management skills
Key Points to Know:
- Typically, work hours are 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday
- This is largely office based work
- Within this role it is important to keep up to date with environmental legislation
To be an Environmental Manager you will need to:
Have a degree in a relevant subject such as ecology, environmental science, environmental health, earth sciences, bioscience etc.
Estimated average salary: £18,000 – £30,000 annually.
As an Environmental Manager, you can anticipate employment in a variety of roles including:
- Environmental consultancies
- Commercial businesses
- Local authorities
- Non-governmental organisations
- Government organisations
Being an Environmental Manager focuses on meeting environmental legislation, being environmentally responsible and creating cost effective sustainability strategies for businesses. There tend to be several environmental positions in large organisations and there are also opportunities within environmental consultancies. You may decide to become self-employed or work in an education position too.