Environmental Research Project Manager

Direct staff in developing procedures to solve pollution problems.
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$89,000 – $155,000

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What do Environmental Research Project Managers do?

Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of staff involved in developing procedures, equipment, and techniques to solve pollution problems, using scientific research methods: Schedules and assigns duties to staff research scientists and engineers based on evaluation of their knowledge of specific disciplines. Confers with project scientists and research engineers to formulate research plan, coordinate project activities, and establish reporting procedures. Prepares environmental research project feasibility and progress reports. Coordinates activities of research personnel conducting successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, and testing. Reviews technical aspects of project to assist staff and assess productivity of lines of research. Reviews project operations to ensure coordination of efforts and timely submission of reports. Analyzes reports to evaluate program effectiveness and budgetary needs. Approves expenditures necessary for completion of project. Coordinates planning, testing, and operating phases to complete project. Confers with local regulatory agencies to discover local environmental quality standards, industrial practices, and new developments in pollution abatement. May provide technical assistance to agencies conducting related environmental studies.

Should I be an Environmental Research Project Manager?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Project Manager, Environmental Research, Research Hydrogeologist

    How to Become an
    Environmental Research Project Manager

    Environmental Research Project Managers often have a Master's degree or higher. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaa9yj&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2851%25%29|master%27s+%2820%25%29|doctorate+%2829%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,51
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