Environmental coordinators develop and implement environmental programs for companies and organizations that are not necessarily environmentally-based themselves. Coordinators are responsible for overseeing these programs and for reporting to upper management on their progress. For example, an environmental coordinator might work for a large manufacturing company to test nearby land and water for contaminants and to ensure that equipment is working safely. Environmental coordinators work for private companies, government departments, educational institutions, research organizations, and consulting firms. They can also be self-employed.
Imagine you are leading a workshop for your company’s managers about how to increase energy efficiency in the office. Based on the information you received from a recent energy audit, you have come up with numerous strategies that your company can implement to be more energy-efficient, which everyone is now discussing.
As the environmental coordinator for this large organization, you are the connection between the company and environmental awareness. A central concern for you as an environmental coordinator is staying on top of new green initiatives that your company can implement at the office and in its overall business operations. You must also take cost-effectiveness into consideration. Which plan will save your company the most in energy costs? Which will be the cheapest to implement? You know that not every plan you suggest will be chosen by your company.
Outside of the office, you make sure that the company is respecting the environment on a business level. For example, one of your jobs is to write reports outlining the company’s waste management and recycling practices in its product manufacturing. Interacting with several different groups of people is also required in your job as you ensure that your company’s operations are in line with governmental regulations, current environmental research, and community interest groups.
Duties vary significantly from job to job, but the following list includes typical job duties one might encounter as an environmental coordinator:
Environmental coordinators work in a variety of locations, including, but not limited to:
In the field:
In the office:
In most cases, the minimum education requirement to work as an environmental coordinator is a technical diploma in an environmental program. A university undergraduate degree will make you more competitive. The following post-secondary programs are most applicable to a career in this field:
It is not necessary to be certified in order to work as an environmental coordinator, but a professional biologist or engineering designation is strongly recommended.
If you are a high school student considering a career as an environmental coordinator, you should have a strong interest in: