Environmental managers are responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of private and public sector organisations and for developing, implementing and monitoring environmental strategies that promote sustainable development.
You’ll also create, implement and monitor environmental strategies to promote sustainable development. Your wide remit means you’ll review the whole operation, carrying out environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving environmental problems and ensuring necessary changes are implemented.
Employers of Environmental Managers
Around half of environmental and sustainability professionals work in business and industry; with many of these working in small environment/sustainability teams or as individual professionals. Manufacturing, engineering and construction/civil engineering are the most common professions.
Other employers include:
- Higher education institutions
- Utilities and construction companies
- Government agencies
- Local government
- Processing or manufacturing companies
- implementing environmental policies and practices
- devising strategies to meet targets and to encourage best practice
- devising the best tools and systems to monitor performance and to implement strategies
- ensuring compliance with environmental legislation
- assessing, analysing and collating environmental performance data and reporting information to internal staff, clients and regulatory bodies
- confirming that materials, ingredients and so on are ethically or environmentally sourced
- managing environmental strategy budgets
- liaising with internal staff including senior managers and directors
- acting as a champion or cheerleader for environmental issues within your organisation
- providing environmental training to staff at all levels
- writing plans and reports
- keeping up to date with relevant changes in environmental legislation and initiatives including international legislation where applicable
- producing educational or information resources for internal staff, clients or the general public
- liaising with regulatory bodies
To become an environmental manager it is usually necessary to possess a degree or diploma in an environment-related subject – which could include engineering, environmental health, environmental sciences/management, biosciences, applied science, physics or geography.
It may help if you have a degree in one of the following subjects:
- earth sciences
- environmental engineering
- environmental health
- environmental sciences or management
- engineering with a sustainability focus.
- understand and utilise systems to carry out problem solving
- show initiative, to recognise emerging problems and pro-actively develop solutions using methods such as systems thinking
- negotiate and organise
- stimulate and manage change
- demonstrate strong leadership and influence
- display a high level of computer literacy
- show commercial awareness and an understanding of business
- be self-motivated and able to motivate staff at all levels
- communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- manage projects as well as produce and deliver presentations
- establish effective networks within the company and with external organisations.