Environmental Scientist and Specialist

Environmental scientists and specialists direct and support land and nutrient management operations to comply with company programs and regulatory requirements. They will conduct research and manage ecological studies that relate to identifying, reducing or eliminating the impact of pollutants and hazards that affect the environment.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Develop scientific environmental studies for research projects, investigation and surveys
  • Study living organisms and their relationship to their environment
  • Prepare documented proposals and successfully establish research trials
  • Use biotechnology to advance knowledge of cell reproduction and disease in plants
  • Improve and develop products using scientific findings
  • Lead research and development efforts to expand product lines
  • Conduct tests to sample environmental products in a lab setting
  • Manage ecological studies to assess plant biotechnology traits
  • Provide insight to government agencies for policy development
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations
  • Analyze collected research data using statistical methods and computer software
  • Research problems dealing with life processes and living organisms
  • Work in teams and interact with engineers, scientists of other disciplines, business managers and technicians as needed
  • Analyze scientific data and perform quality control checks
  • Characterize plants for agronomic traits and animals for developmental traits

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • animal science
  • plant science
  • earth science
  • biology
  • botany
  • chemistry
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field, such as horticulture, animal science, crop science, agronomy, chemistry or environmental science, is required for some entry-level positions. Positions that are research or specialty focused require a master’s or doctorate degree.

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