Water conservation officers monitor, manage, protect and improve environmental areas where groundwater is critical, such as wetland habitats, taking action where required to rectify problems.
They provide advice regarding the environmental impact that proposed building, drainage and flood defence work may have on wildlife. They are employed by environmental and conservation organizations, research bodies and regulatory bodies.
- visiting and monitoring sites
- providing advice about how to protect habitats
- setting up field surveys
- undertaking wildlife observation and species surveys
- liaising and negotiating with clients, regulatory authorities, wildlife groups and other professionals such as engineers, planners and surveyors
- promoting environmental conservation via awareness events such as talks, workshops and guided walks
- helping with volunteer activities and conservation projects
- advising about possible solutions
- keeping up to date with changes in legislation
It is normally necessary to have a degree to become a water conservation officer. An appropriate degree or a diploma in a subject like biology, geography, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or environmental sciences is generally required.
- Computer literacy
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving skills
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal skills