An environmental planner largely deals with making sure that development projects comply with environmental laws and regulations. They help reduce impacts, facilitate environmental permitting, and write environmental reports and documents.
Roles and responsibilities
What does an Environmental Planner do?
Environmental Planners may perform the following tasks:
- Draft designs, schematics and maps of varying types by hand and through computer programs
- Liaise with additional planning teams, industrial representatives, lobbyists, developers, public and private stakeholders, and members of the public
- Create requests for proposals for development and tender
- Evaluate submitted proposals
- Submit requests to amend bylaws and for exemption or clarification on regulations and policies that would impact a project
- Strategize, develop, and manage planning and logistics from phase to phase
- Develop and implement phases of the planning process through the various levels of work
- Ensure compliance with regulatory, policy, and legal entities
- Assertively communicate project ideas and solutions to internal and external stakeholders
- Review maps, aerial photos, data, and field investigation reports and interpret data for planning usage
- Facilitate public inquiries on land or resource development as a stakeholder or as a decision maker
- Process paperwork and permits regarding zoning and other regulatory processes
- Prepare reports regarding land usage, environmental impact and human impact
- Communicate on the phone, in meetings, and in presentations with clients and stakeholders
- Participate in committee work for land and resource development, management, and stewardship
- Conduct site inspections in the field for future development
- Monitor construction progress, both ‘big picture' and detail work
- Manage environmental remediation projects and tasks
- Present information to internal and external stakeholders, who might include the general public, interested parties, government officials, and contractors
- Consult with and answer to client requests.
What personal requirements will you need?
- analytical-thinking and decision-making skills
- attention to detail
- verbal and oral communication skills
- ability to manage projects and use statistical technology such as geographic information systems.
Postgraduate Courses To Become
Course work courses to pursue this career
The University of Western Australia