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Environmental advisor

Environment advisors ensure that construction projects comply with environmental regulations and targets.

Average salary*




How to become an environmental advisor

A degree or (L6 NVQ/HNC in Wales) is the minimum entry qualification to become an environmental advisor. Getting a job in this field is unlikely with an HND only.

Some employers will accept any degree discipline, but most prefer subjects related to the environment and land such as environmental sciences or geography.

Graduates can study for a professional qualification with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). If they become specialists in a particular area, such as water, they may also find it beneficial to join a related professional body – for example, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

What does an environmental advisor do?

  • Addressing many issues including air quality, land and water contamination, waste management, and environmental impact.
  • Ensuring regulations are complied with
  • Liaising with site teams, clients, stakeholders and the wider environmental team. 
  • Managing legislative issues for clients, including planning permissions and consents
  • Conducting field surveys to establish a baseline for levels of pollutions or contamination for a site
  • Interpreting data
  • Keeping up to date with the most recent changes in environmental law
  • Identifying and consider potential contaminant sources
  • Writing reports for stakeholders and other team members
  • Communicating with clients
  • Researching previous investigations of a site, providing information for clients considering purchase
  • Undertaking field work to identify any previous activity on the site and any possible contamination
  • Creating site waste managment plans
  • Ensuring that any biodiversity recommendations are met on site
  • Environmental Advisors typically work 40 hours per week.


  • Newly trained environmental advisors can earn in the region of £20,000 and £25,000
  • Trained with experience environmental advisors can earn in the region of £25,000 and £40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master environmental advisors can earn £40,000 or more

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


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