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Green Occupation:
19-2041.02 - Environmental Restoration Planners

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Environmental restoration planners work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Environment Protection — This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Apply for permits required for the implementation of environmental remediation projects.
  • 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.
  • Conduct site assessments to certify a habitat or to ascertain environmental damage or restoration needs.
  • Create diagrams to communicate environmental remediation planning using geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), or other mapping or diagramming software.
  • Create environmental models or simulations, using geographic information system (GIS) data and knowledge of particular ecosystems or ecological regions.
  • Create habitat management or restoration plans, such as native tree restoration and weed control.
  • Develop and communicate recommendations for landowners to maintain or restore environmental conditions.
  • 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 environmental restoration project schedules and budgets.
  • Develop natural resource management plans, using knowledge of environmental planning or state and federal environmental regulatory requirements.
  • Identify environmental mitigation alternatives, ensuring compliance with applicable standards, laws, or regulations.
  • Identify short- and long-term impacts of environmental remediation activities.
  • Inspect active remediation sites to ensure compliance with environmental or safety policies, standards, or regulations.
  • Notify regulatory or permitting agencies of deviations from implemented remediation plans.
  • Plan environmental restoration projects, using biological databases, environmental strategies, and planning software.
  • Plan or supervise environmental studies to achieve compliance with environmental regulations in construction, modification, operation, acquisition, or divestiture of facilities such as power plants.
  • Provide technical direction on environmental planning to energy engineers, biologists, geologists, or other professionals working to develop restoration plans or strategies.
  • Review existing environmental remediation designs.
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to employees working in the field to restore habitats.