Where do Environmental Science Graduates Find Work?
Our graduates are finding work in a variety of environmental areas
in which they are able to apply the skills gained from their degree.
A Hazardous Substances Advisor with the Environmental
Risk Management Authority in Wellington, Victoria works under new legislation which
is due to came into force in 2001. Her role involves transferring
toxic substance notifications so they are valid under the new legislation.
She also undertakes risk assessment of applications for new hazardous
Victoria says that the PGDipSci in Environmental Science she completed
has assisted her in considering the environment in a broader perspective
than that she gained from her Masters degree in Chemistry. In her
work, she uses a mix of chemistry and environmental science skills.
In particular, the workplacement paper helped her apply the academic
side of the course to the workplace, and assisted her in making
personal contacts with people working in environmental science.
A Resource Officer for a region of Fish
and Game New Zealand, Mark
looks after resource consents and other planning matters which involves
writing and presenting submissions. He is also involved in other
issues such as negotiating access to waterways, advising the Commissioner
of Crown Lands on the tenure review process from the perspective
hunting and fishing, and occasional field work.
Mark says that being able to complete his Diploma part-time has
allowed him to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of
giving him a broader perspective on environmental issues. Being
able to choose papers from a wide range of disciplines and having
of the contacts within the university system are the strong points
of the course for Mark.
A Compliance Monitoring Officer with a regional
council , Andrew
checks the conditions of resource consents and makes sure that they
abided by. He is mainly involved in water consents, checking the
use of groundwater and surface water for irrigation and assessing
flows in rivers. Andrew is also involved in any pollution events
that occur in the council's area.
A part-time Administration Officer, Sarah works
for the Pollution Control Section of a regional council.
She has been involved in pollution incidents and the council's control
of them. Her assignments
Environmental Research Section of the council have also included
field work such as investigating fish barriers in streams and monitoring
stream water quality and industrial drive-bys. She has also worked
with GIS to determine which dairy farms comply with the council's
new dairy plan.
According to Sarah, the main reasons she secured the council job
were because she was studying environmental science and has taken
in freshwater ecology. She adds that the knowledge gained from Environmental
Statistics, one of the course's recommended papers, has been invaluable
in helping her analyse data and critique sampling design.
Scott, who recently graduated with a PGDipSci in Environmental Science,
is working for Environmental Science and Research (ESR) in the Forensic
Toxicology Department in Wellington. He works as a toxicology technician
and his main function is to test for drugs and poisons in cases
of accidents, suspicious deaths and other criminal investigations.
of the work is done for the police and pathologists.
Scott says that the PGDipSci was very useful in developing many
skills, particularly in research and writing. The course also helped
his perspective by allowing him to take papers from outside his
He adds that many of the skills he developed during the year at
Otago can be adapted to his current job.