Environmental Compliance Officer

Environmental Compliance Officer

Environmental compliance officers enforce and implement environmental laws in regard to water, oil, gas, energy and other environmental sectors. In addition, they must perform environmental compliance audits and implement follow-up corrective actions to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Provide technical assistance for environmental health regulations, environmental management systems and projects
  • Perform environmental compliance audits and implement follow-up corrective actions
  • Implement environmental management systems and programs
  • Develop plans, permits, and procedures for air quality, hazardous waste, spill prevention, storm water and wastewater
  • Manage multiple projects within expectations of scope, budget and schedule
  • Prepare technical proposals and participate in business development
  • Be familiar with United States Environmental Protection Agency and local environmental regulations
  • Have an understanding of environmental permit application processes
  • Utilize geo-statistical software to create databases and spreadsheets of collected data
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry and biology and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in engineering, soil science, biology, environmental or physical science is required. Depending on the scope of work, some positions may require a master’s degree for entry-level employment.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Environmental compliance officers are employed by research firms, food animal production companies, governmental organizations, schools/universities and environmental agencies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • World Association of Soil and Water Conservation 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$40,767
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