Environmental Advisor

NOC #41400

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education Post-secondary diploma
  • Average salary $64,000 to $123,000

Career profile

Environmental advisors assist in the development, administration and promotion of programs related to environmental, health and safety policies and programs. They have broad technical experience in environmental issues, planning, fisheries and regulatory compliance. They conduct research, prepare reports, and provide advice to ensure compliance with the numerous, strict health, safety, engagement and environmental regulatory requirements and standards that govern the various sectors of the energy industry.

Environmental advisors conduct risk assessments and site inspections that assist in the preparation of regulatory approvals, permitting applications, environmental field reports and environmental screenings. This work includes the use of sampling, monitoring, analysis and testing tools to identify sensitivities and potential hazards and to determine ways to reduce risks and meet applicable standards and regulations.

Environmental advisors can specialize in soil, air, water and land-related issues.

Exploration and production, Oil and gas services, Pipelines, Offshore, Oil sands, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, Emissions reduction, Well site decommissioning, Geothermal, Solar, Wind, Construction

When you start in this occupation activities may include:

  • Conducting field work, data analysis and documenting results ranging from noise monitoring, soil, groundwater, storm water, spill prevention, waste management and wildlife system inspections
  • Ensuring adequate records are maintained to meet statutory and company requirements
  • Reviewing and implementing environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies and formal regulations to ensure compliance with all appropriate requirements

As you advance in this career, you may take on additional tasks including:

  • Coaching and assisting others in the interpretation and application of related policies, procedures and regulations
  • Providing advice and guidance on job site arrangements for environmental management


  • This role requires an undergraduate degree or diploma in environmental or geological sciences. A post-graduate degree may be considered an asset.


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive®
  • Aerial lift training
  • Traffic control

Additional Requirements

  • Knowledge of environmental permit and approval requirements
  • Knowledge of environmental mitigation and protection planning measures

  • Travel likely required
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Work away from home/in camps

You are a problem solver with a mind for sustainability. You have strong research and interpersonal skills. You write and communicate clearly about complex ideas.

  • Collaborative
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Law and government
  • Quality control analysis
  • Complex problem solving
  • Biology
  • Planning and organizing
  • Chemistry
  • Document use
  • Public safety and security