Environmental Restoration Planners

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Environmental Restoration Planners include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 52.38% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 33.33% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Supervise and provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to employees working in the field to restore habitats.

    Review existing environmental remediation designs.

    Conduct site assessments to certify a habitat or to ascertain environmental damage or restoration needs.

    Create habitat management or restoration plans, such as native tree restoration and weed control.

    Develop environmental management or restoration plans for sites with power transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, fuel refineries, geothermal plants, wind farms, or solar farms.

    Develop natural resource management plans, using knowledge of environmental planning or state and federal environmental regulatory requirements.

    Collect and analyze data to determine environmental conditions and restoration needs.

    Communicate findings of environmental studies or proposals for environmental remediation to other restoration professionals.

    Conduct environmental impact studies to examine the ecological effects of pollutants, disease, human activities, nature, and climate change.

    Conduct feasibility and cost-benefit studies for environmental remediation projects.

    Create environmental models or simulations, using geographic information system (GIS) data and knowledge of particular ecosystems or ecological regions.

    Identify environmental mitigation alternatives, ensuring compliance with applicable standards, laws, or regulations.

    Identify short- and long-term impacts of environmental remediation activities.

    Plan environmental restoration projects, using biological databases, environmental strategies, and planning software.

    Inspect active remediation sites to ensure compliance with environmental or safety policies, standards, or regulations.

    Provide technical direction on environmental planning to energy engineers, biologists, geologists, or other professionals working to develop restoration plans or strategies.

    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.

    Develop and communicate recommendations for landowners to maintain or restore environmental conditions.

    Develop environmental restoration project schedules and budgets.

    Notify regulatory or permitting agencies of deviations from implemented remediation plans.

    Plan or supervise environmental studies to achieve compliance with environmental regulations in construction, modification, operation, acquisition, or divestiture of facilities such as power plants.


Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Desktop computers

Computer data input scanners


Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

ESRI ArcGIS software


Global positioning system GPS software




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.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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