Environmental Restoration Planners

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About the Job

Collaborate with field and biology staff to oversee the implementation of restoration projects and to develop new products. Process and synthesize complex scientific data into practical strategies for restoration, monitoring or management.

It is also Called

  • Coastal and Estuary Specialist
  • Conservation Planner
  • Director
  • Director, Forest Restoration Institute
  • Director, River Restoration
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Planning Engineer
  • Environmental Restoration Planner
  • Environmental Restoration Program Manager (ERP Manager)
  • Executive Director
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What They Do

  • Collect and analyze data to determine environmental conditions and restoration needs.
  • Plan environmental restoration projects, using biological databases, environmental strategies, and planning software.
  • Develop and communicate recommendations for landowners to maintain or restore environmental conditions.
  • Communicate findings of environmental studies or proposals for environmental remediation to other restoration professionals.
  • Conduct site assessments to certify a habitat or to ascertain environmental damage or restoration needs.
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to employees working in the field to restore habitats.
  • Create habitat management or restoration plans, such as native tree restoration and weed control.
  • Develop environmental restoration project schedules and budgets.
  • Apply for permits required for the implementation of environmental remediation projects.
  • Create diagrams to communicate environmental remediation planning using geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), or other mapping or diagramming software.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $85,560 with most people making between $41,220 and $125,750

Outlook

9.43%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 212 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 20 openings due to growth and about 65 replacement openings for approximately 85 total annual openings.



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