Environmental Restoration Planner

Environmental restoration planners collaborate with field and biology staff to supervise the implementation of restoration projects and to develop new products. They process and synthesise complex scientific data into practical strategies for restoration, monitoring or management.

Environmental planners can be involved in all aspects of environmental restoration or protection projects, from cost and scope estimation, to design and implementation, including supervision of people and budgets. Their projects may focus on restoring the environment or mitigating the negative environmental impacts of other projects or facilities. Whatever the project, their aim is to create a comprehensive plan for the effective environmental management of an area.

Environmental planners collect and analyse data to determine specific environmental conditions and restoration needs. They then develop natural resource management plans using their knowledge of environmental planning as well as government environmental regulations. Sometimes they may also supervise and provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to employees working in the field.

Environmental planners may also create diagrams to communicate plans, often with geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD) programs, or other mapping or diagramming software. They might also conduct environmental impact studies to examine the ecological effects of pollutants, disease, human activities, nature, and climate change on a specific area.

They may develop environmental management or restoration plans for sites with power transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, fuel refineries, geothermal plants, wind farms or solar farms.

New environmental awareness has resulted in a greater focus on waste minimization, resource recovery, pollution prevention and consideration being given to the environmental effects during product development. This shift in focus to preventive management will provide many new opportunities for environmental scientists in consulting roles.


  • government

  • research organisations

Getting Started

  • speak to an environmental planner about this career and ask to observe him/her at work

  • read up on these topics in books and on internet


Ardhi University, Bindura University of Science Education, Botswana College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Durban University of Technology , Egerton University, Great Zimbabwe University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Karatina University, Kyambogo University, Maasai Mara University, Makerere University, Malawi College of Health Sciences, Marian University College, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Meru University of Science and Technology, Mount Kenya University, Multimedia University of Kenya, Mzuzu University, National University of Lesotho, National University of Science & Technology, Nelson Mandela University, North-West University, Open University of Tanzania, Rusangu University, Sokoine University of Agriculture, South Eastern Kenya University, Technical University of Kenya, Tumaini University Makumira, University of Cape Town, University of Eldoret, University of Kabianga, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Mpumalanga, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, Walter Sisulu University

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