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Working As An Environmental Services Supervisor

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • $55,648

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Services Supervisor Do

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented.

Duties

Environmental science and protection technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect establishments, including public places and businesses, to ensure that there are no environmental, health, or safety hazards
  • Set up and maintain equipment used to monitor pollution levels, such as remote sensors that measure emissions from smokestacks
  • Collect samples of air, soil, water, and other materials for laboratory analysis
  • Clearly label, track, and ensure the integrity of samples being transported to the laboratory
  • Use equipment such as microscopes to evaluate and analyze samples for the presence of pollutants or other contaminants
  • Prepare charts and reports that summarize test results
  • Discuss test results and analyses with clients
  • Verify compliance with regulations to help prevent pollution

Many environmental science and protection technicians work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct the technicians’ work and evaluate their results. In addition, they often work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians in other fields to solve complex problems related to environmental degradation and public health. For example, they may work on teams with geoscientists and hydrologists to manage the cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water around an abandoned bomb manufacturing site.

Most environmental science and protection technicians work for state or local governments, testing laboratories, or consulting firms.

In state and local governments, environmental science and protection technicians spend a lot of time inspecting businesses and public places, and investigating complaints related to air quality, water quality, and food safety. Sometimes they may be involved with enforcement of environmental regulations. They may help protect the environment and people’s health by performing environmental impact studies of new construction or by evaluating the environmental health of sites that may contaminate the environment, such as abandoned industrial sites.

Environmental science and protection technicians work in testing laboratories collecting and tracking samples, and performing tests that are often similar to what is done by chemical technicians, biological technicians, or microbiologists. However, the work done by environmental science and protection technicians focuses on topics that are directly related to the environment and how it affects human health.

In consulting firms, environmental science and protection technicians help clients monitor and manage the environment and comply with regulations. For example, they help businesses develop cleanup plans for contaminated sites, and they recommend ways to reduce, control, or eliminate pollution. Also, environmental science and protection technicians conduct feasibility studies for, and monitor the environmental impact of new construction projects.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically specialize in either laboratory testing or in fieldwork and sample collection. However, it is common for laboratory technicians to occasionally collect samples from the field, and for fieldworkers to do some work in a laboratory.

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How To Become An Environmental Services Supervisor

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental science, environmental health, public health, or a related degree. Because of the wide range of tasks, environments, and industries in which these technicians work, there are jobs that do not require postsecondary education and others that require a bachelor’s degree.

A background in natural sciences is important for environmental science and protection technicians. Students should take courses in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics. Coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science also is useful because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

Many schools offer internships and cooperative-education programs, which help students gain valuable experience while attending school. Internships and cooperative-education experience can enhance the students’ employment prospects.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in environmental studies or a related technology, such as remote sensing or geographic information systems (GISs). Associate’s degree programs at community colleges traditionally are designed to easily transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at public colleges and universities.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must be able to carry out a wide range of laboratory and field tests, and their results must be accurate and precise.

Communication skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must have good listening and writing skills, because they must follow precise directions for sample collection and communicate their results effectively in their written reports. They also may need to discuss their results with colleagues, clients, and sometimes public audiences.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental science and protection technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment. They have to be able to determine the best way to address environmental hazards.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental science and protection technicians need to be able to work well and collaborate with others, because they often work with scientists and other technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In some states, environmental science and protection technicians need a license to do certain types of environmental and health inspections. For example, some states require licensing for technicians who test buildings for radon. Licensure requirements vary by state but typically include certain levels of education and experience and a passing score on an exam.

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Environmental Services Supervisor Career Paths

Environmental Services Supervisor
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Packer Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Manager
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Services Director Maintenance Director
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Packer Delivery Driver Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Property Manager Compliance Manager
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Driver Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Planner Environmental Planner
Environmental Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Services Director Director Of Facilities General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Phlebotomist Medical Technologist
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Of Environmental Services Environmental Services Director
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Laboratory Technician
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Engineer Environmental Engineer
Senior Environmental Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Environmental Services Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Female

59.7%

Male

38.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

64.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.2%

French

4.9%

Polish

4.9%

Russian

3.7%

Tagalog

2.5%

German

2.5%

Telugu

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Nepali

1.2%

Filipino

1.2%

Albanian

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Czech

1.2%
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Environmental Services Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.6%

Monroe Community College

8.0%

Ashford University

6.2%

Kaplan University

6.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.8%

Liberty University

5.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.9%

Everest Institute

4.0%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.0%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.0%

Lansing Community College

3.5%

Columbus State Community College

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Remington College

3.5%

Wayne County Community College District

3.1%

University of Toledo

3.1%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.1%

Macomb Community College

3.1%

John A Logan College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

Health Care Administration

8.6%

Medical Assisting Services

8.3%

Nursing

7.7%

Criminal Justice

7.4%

General Studies

6.7%

Nursing Assistants

4.5%

Psychology

3.7%

Accounting

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Human Services

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Communication

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Information Technology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

47.3%

Associate

18.7%

Bachelors

17.8%

Certificate

9.3%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

2.5%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.1%
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  1. Emergency
  2. Clean Patient Rooms
  3. Floor Care
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  • Manage training of department personnel and emergency hazardous material spill clean-ups.
  • Clean patient rooms, Greet parents, responsible for any discharges, take out trash, sanitize rooms.
  • Supervised housekeeping/laundry, maintain supply/linen budgets, floor care/ carpet care, inspections and hiring/ training/ disciplining of staff.
  • Cleaned assigned areas of the hospital to ensure a clean, attractive and safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Replenished restroom equipment, bed linens, kitchen items, room accessories and writing supplies.

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