Environmental Practices Inspector

Environmental compliance inspectors work for government departments to protect and preserve our environment and the public by ensuring that communities, individuals, businesses and provincial and local governments comply with laws and regulations that are intended to prevent or reduce pollution.

Environmental practices inspectors examine places of business, scrutinize permits, licences and records to ensure compliance with relevant national and municipal environmental practice requirements. They have to prepare, organize and maintain inspection records and produce reports summarizing requirements and regulations. Some examples of tasks that they perform are to:

  • investigate complaints of illegal dumping, pollution, nuisance to neighbouring premises, community health and safety complaints, problems relating to pesticides, product quality etc., from individuals or businesses

  • inspect water and waste treatment facilities to make sure they are in compliance with standards and regulations

  • be expert witnesses and testify in court about environmental violations

  • make sure that a landfill is processing rubbish in compliance with local environmental regulations

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

  • evaluate label information for accuracy and conformance to regulatory requirements.

Environmental practices inspectors work in a variety of contexts, often outdoors. For example, in fisheries, they go out with the fishing boats to check their catch, as it is caught, as well as release any dolphins, turtles and sea birds that may be trapped in nets and fishing lines. They may only return home after several days at sea. They may need to verify fishing and bait collecting licenses, and check the quality of effluent pumped out from factories and municipal sewage works, as well as air quality in the vicinity of factories. They also need to do administrative work in an office setting. Travel may be required for this occupation


• municipalities, big and small
• government departments, national or provincial
• local authorities


Bindura University of Science Education, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chuka University, Durban University of Technology , Great Zimbabwe University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kabarak University, Karatina University, Kenyatta University, Kepler Kigali, Kibabii University, Maasai Mara University, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Malawi College of Health Sciences, Marian University College, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Meru University of Science and Technology, Moi University, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Multimedia University of Kenya, Namibia University of Science and Technology, National University of Lesotho, National University of Science & Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North-West University, Open University of Tanzania, Pwani University College, Sokoine University of Agriculture, South Eastern Kenya University, Taita Taveta University College, Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, University of Botswana, University of Eldoret, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Mpumalanga, University of Nairobi, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of Technology Mauritius, University of the Western Cape, Zimbabwe Open University

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