Ecologists study the relationships of organisms and their environment. In addition to their research, they gather and analyze data. They study environmental problems to determine what caused the problem and how to improve the situation. Additionally, they provide the public with educational programs on how to protect species of plants and animals in their area.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Administer field studies to gain information on test subjects
  • Analyze collected data through specific software systems
  • Conduct environmental impact assessments
  • Stay current on environmental laws and regulations
  • Provide construction observations related to ecological receptors (any plant, person or animal that is potentially affected by a contaminant)
  • Provide wetland determination, delineation and associated reporting
  • Survey areas and identify species to record their existence in an area and ensure species numbers are staying consistent to the surroundings
  • Study variations in the environment and their cause and effects
  • Have GIS (geographic information system: a system that creates, manages, analyzes and maps all types of data) experience in analyzing, evaluating and preparing information
  • Write various reports such as wetland delineation and function assessments
  • Maintain proper documentation of findings and concerns within the environment
  • Provide environmental inspection and monitoring of construction projects
  • Coordinate with various governmental agencies
  • Provide educational programs to the public
  • Complete aquatic assessments of environments like streams and rivers
  • Prepare permit applications and other technical documents in compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations
  • Prepare wetland mitigation plans and designs

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • computer science

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, natural resource management, plant science, environmental sciences, botany or ecology is required to be an ecologist.