Environmental Technician

Environmental Technicians are sometimes also referred to as Technologists. Environmental Technicians will work closely with Environmental Engineers to identify, prevent and control contamination of the environment.

Typical Duties

  • An Environmental Technician would typically work under the direction of an Environmental Scientist
  • Would monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and anything else that would be harmful to the environment by performing laboratory and field tests
  • The Environmental Technician would then work closely with the scientists, environmental manager and engineers to solve complex environmental problems
  • Addresses environmental issues; providing information and recommending options and courses of action
  • Field sampling: air, water and soil
  • Solid, liquid and air treatment methods and waste minimization
  • Hazardous goods and waste handling methods
  • Determines characteristics or composition by conducting chemical, physical, laboratory, and field tests, using ph meter, chemicals, autoclaves, microscope, and analytical instrumentation, amongst other chemical laboratory equipment
  • Assesses water pollutants by collecting and analysing water samples from streams and lakes, raw, semi processed or processed water, and industrial waste water
  • Evaluates atmospheric pollutants by collecting and analysing samples of gases
  • Determines chemical composition and nature of land pollutants by collecting and analysing soil, silt, and mud
  • Prepares summaries and charts by gathering and testing samples; and recording the results
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Completes research by conducting bacteriological and other tests
  • Ensure that environmental issues comply with legal and waste management requirements

Working Conditions

  • Environmental technicians typically perform their jobs in a variety of settings, including laboratories, offices and fieldwork
  • While performing fieldwork, environmental technicians should be able to remain standing or crouching for long periods of time
  • They must also carry, assemble and utilize equipment, which involves lights duty lifting and frequent movement
  • Environmental Technicians will also work in lab environments and may be exposed to toxic materials so must be trained and knowledgeable in safety measures

Educational Requirements

  • In order to get a job as an environmental technician, one would typically need at least a diploma from a technical college
  • Having a bachelor’s degree in a field such as environmental science is typically not a requirement, but is considered an asset and can give you an added advantage over other students when looking for jobs
  • Specific on the job training also generally required and mining related training

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy working with math, science, computers, and the outdoors
  • Have a passion and love for the environment and nature
  • Be able to embrace new techniques and technologies
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented

Compensation

  • Environmental Technician salaries vary tremendously depending on what region they are working in, what industry and in terms of how much experience they have
  • Other factors that will influence the salary of an Environmental Technician include what company they work for, whether the position is FIFO, and whether they are in a contract or permanent position

Salary

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