Conservation Engineer

Devise efficient processes that use less energy or save resources.
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Salary Range
$42,000 – $115,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Conservation Engineers do?

Conservation Engineers use highly specialized, detailed knowledge to make plans and decisions that favorably impact the Earth’s environment. Generally, Conservation Engineers specialize in energy conservation or soil conservation.

If you’re an Energy Conservation Engineer, you try to reduce the consumption of energy and fuel, focusing on finding ways to accomplish specific tasks or maintain specific processes while using fewer resources. To do this, you must be skilled at identifying usage patterns. You often seek to increase the efficiency of machines and processes, and make further use of energy that has already been consumed. Depending on the specifics of your job, you may be involved in finding opportunities to save energy, developing plans to save energy, or implementing such plans.

To be a good Conservation Engineer, you must be familiar with your industry’s best practices regarding power demand and usage, combustion efficiency, and the cost-effective application of alternative power systems, such as compressed air, steam, and moving water.

If you’re a Soil Conservationist, on the other hand, you provide technical help for soil conservation districts. Part of your expertise includes landscaping, grading, vegetation, agricultural crops, and farming techniques. You work with local public officials, Farmers, and rural landowners, evaluating problems, designing studies, calculating requirements, then recommending and implementing solutions intended to reduce soil depletion or erosion.

In this role, you spend a good deal of your time coordinating conservation activities, conducting investigations and studies, and supervising the implementation or construction of conservation projects involving irrigation systems, farm ponds, dams, drainage systems, and others.

Either way, the work tends to be detail-oriented and practical, so you must be comfortable with technical matters such as measurement, monitoring, and data analysis.

Should I be a Conservation Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Plan Service Engineer

    How to become a Conservation Engineer

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