Me, Environmental consultant

Monday, May 3, 2010

Environmental consulting is often a form of compliance consulting, in which the consultant ensures that the client maintains an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations. There are many types of environmental consultants, but the two main groups are those who enter the field from the industry side, and those who enter the field from the environmentalist side.
Environmental consultants work in a very wide variety of fields. Whether it be providing Construction Services such as Asbestos Hazard Assessments or Lead Hazard Assessments or conducting due dillgence reports for customers to rid them of possible sanctions. Consultancies may generalise across a wide range of disciplines or specialise in certain areas of environmental consultancy such as waste management.
Environmental consultants usually have an undergraduate degree and sometimes even master's degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or some other science discipline. They should have deep knowledge on environmental regulations, which they can advise particular clients in the private industry or public government institutions to help them steer clear of possible fines, legal action or misguided transactions.
Environmental consulting spans a wide spectrum of industry. The most basic industry that environmental consulting remains prominent in is the commercial estate market. Many commercial lenders rely on both small and large environmental firms. Many commercial lenders will not lend monies to borrowers if the property or personal capital does not exceed the worth of the land. If an environmental problem is discovered property owners that deem themselves a responsible party will most likely reserve monies in escrow in order to resolve the environmental impact.
With increasing numbers of construction, agriculture, and scientific companies employing environmental consultancies, the industry can expect growth in the vicinity of 9.7 percent in 2008, amidst mounting public concern over environmental degradation and climate change. And while some companies are genuinely motivated by concern for the environment, for others, hiring consultants to appear to be "going green" has proven to be a useful marketing tool. Growing government funding into renewable energy and technologies producing low emissions is also helping growth, as organizations investing in research and development in these areas are often major employers of environmental consultants[1
Environmental consultant: Ahmed
I chose this career as I have always enjoyed being outdoors and being an environmental consultant involves both office and site-based work.
As an environmental consultant in the field of contaminated land I spend about 50% of my time in the office and 50% on site. Site works consists of the excavation of trial pits and bore holes to assess ground conditions, but can also include building surveys. The work I do in the office involves factual and interpretive report writing for contaminated land and radiological surveys, along with assessment of laboratory data against environmental standards and risk to human health.
I found the job through a recruitment agency that specialises in environmental positions. They were asking for one year's relevant experience and a degree in a science subject.
I gained a lot of relevant skills and experience from my degree for work within environmental consultancy. I gained an appreciation for field work and the basic logging techniques which are used for site excavations, and the ability to interpret and discuss scientific reports. I also developed an understanding of geology and the appreciation of varying characteristics of strata and how they can impact on contamination.
Since I have been a consultant, my role has developed and I have been given more responsibility in the submission of interpretive reports and the development of proposals to meet clients' requirements and objectives. I really enjoy every part of my job, getting particular satisfaction from being on site, meeting clients and problem solving, which requires quick thinking due to the limiting time factor. I also really enjoy interpreting scientific data for comparison against human health risks and environmental baseline standards.
It's too early in my career to pinpoint which area of consultancy I wish to specialise in, but I am currently enjoying learning within the contaminated land area. However I would also like to develop within human health.


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