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Environmental Scientist Job Description

Summary

Responsible for conducting research and studying field samples with the goal of helping to prevent air, water, and land pollution. Uses laboratory experiments and other research to complement plans that propose a decrease in pollution within a certain area.

Primary responsibilities

  • Work to regulate, decrease, and prevent air, water, and land pollution.
  • Conduct research to identify and uncover the cause of air, land, and water pollutants.
  • Create plans and proposals to eliminate pollution, taking into account the economic needs of a city and its workers.
  • Specialize in land conservation, hazardous or toxic waste removal and disposal, groundwater contamination, acid rain, or wildlife preservation.
  • Design pollution monitoring systems.
  • Work with political leaders to solve or decrease environmental problems.
  • Attend public hearings in favor of eliminating environmental pollutants.
  • Create environmental impact studies.
  • Identify and collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, and asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels and identify sources of pollution.
  • Record test data into databases and compare with historical data.
  • Prepare reports using data and create summaries, charts, and test results.
  • Work under the supervision of environmental scientists.
  • Write reports describing the effects of pollution to assist with compliance regulations.
  • Help with clean-up at polluted sites.
  • Maintain hazardous waste databases.
  • Write diagrams describing equipment locations.
  • Using chemical usage data create databases.
  • Collect pollutants at manufacturing plants, streams, rivers, forests, smoke stacks, or beside mechanical equipment.

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