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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Environmental Officer

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Education
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€24k > 44
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 44
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
6.4%
Occupational Category

Environmental & other Public Services Associate Professionals

Also included in this category:

Conservation workers; countryside rangers; national park wardens.

Number Employed:

4,900

Part time workers: 12%
Aged over 55: 42%
Male / Female: 32 / 68%
Non-Nationals: 2%
With Third Level: 55%
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At a Glance... header image

Monitors the environmental impact of the products and processes of an organisation. May also be directly involved in running an environmental management system.


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Marie O'Donovan
Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country.  She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
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Enda Collins
Environmental Technician

Enda works with Meath County Council as a Environmental Technician (Grade1). After his Leaving Cert he took a 2 year Cert in Microbiology and Biochemistry in GMIT. He went on the do a Diploma in GMIT and a Post Grad Diploma in Environmental Protection from IT Sligo. He now works on monitoring the Wastewater treatment plants in the area.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.

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Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.

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Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.

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Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.

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Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.

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Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.

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Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.

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Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.

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Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.

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Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Law and Government: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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

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

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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.

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

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: ENFO - Information on the Environment
Address: 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: (01) 888 2001
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