Enviromental Science / Engineering
Environmental professionals can be involved in many different tasks within the minerals industry. These include:
- Developing ways of minimising harm to the environment, based on the study and assessment of processes, environmental legislation and physical, biological, social and cultural environments;
- Undertaking laboratory work, analysing pollutants, identifying their sources and assessing their effects;
- Monitoring and evaluating the environmental and social impacts of engineering projects and development activities;
- Rehabilitating land, water and air affected by mining;
- Researching matters of immediate and long-term importance to governments and the communities such as the impact of land clearing on native animals and the impact of waste products on waterways;
- Negotiating and assisting in the development of policy, strategy and codes of practice on environmental management;
- Conducting environmental audits within industry and government departments;
- Researching and developing new technologies and techniques to improve the environmental acceptability of engineering projects;
- Designing and operating processes to treat waste;
- Working with occupational health experts to ensure a hazard-free working environments;
- Preparing research reports on approaches to environmental management in new and existing engineering projects, and
- Effectively communicating relevant issues to technical staff, managers, regulatory authorities, public interest groups and the public.
Junior: $60,000 - $80,000
Senior: $70,000 - $100,000+
Source: www.jobsearch.gov.au (July 2008)
Environmental Scientists / Engineers typically have an interest in biological and/or technical activities and have good problem solving skills. They are both practical and creative, and accept responsibility. Good oral and written communication skills are also important to the role.
Requires the completion of a degree at university. For more information on related university courses, visit the Education & Training tab above.