Environmental Engineer

Also known as: Environmental Scientist

The Environmental Engineer plays a highly critical role in the mining process and the developing of sustainable extraction practices. The minerals and energy industries are absolutely committed to environmental sustainability and mining responsibily. Ever wanted to ensure mining does not have a negative impact on the environment? Then Environmental Engineering is for you. In fact, the minerals and energy industries are always on the look out for environmental professionals who can challenge current practices by coming up with more efficient and innovated ways of conducting business in a sustainable manner.

Environmental engineering combines the application of engineering and science principles to conserve or improve the natural environment in terms of the land, air, water and the ecosystems that live off these environmental elements.

The Environmental Engineer plays a highly critical role in the mining process and the developing of sustainable extraction practices.  


  • Developing ways of minimising harm to the environment, based on the study and assessment of processes, environmental legislation and physical, biological, social and cultural environments;
  • Undertaking laboratory work, analysing pollutants, identifying their sources and assessing their effects;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the environmental and social impacts of engineering projects and development activities;
  • Rehabilitating land, water and air affected by mining;
  • Researching matters of immediate and long-term importance to governments and the  communities such as the impact of land clearing on native animals and the impact of waste products on waterways;
  • Negotiating and assisting in the development of policy, strategy and codes of practice on environmental management;
  • Conducting environmental audits within industry and government departments;
  • Researching and developing new technologies and techniques to improve the environmental acceptability of engineering projects;
  • Designing and operating processes to treat waste;
  • Working with occupational health experts to ensure a hazard-free working environments;
  • Preparing research reports on approaches to environmental management in new and existing engineering projects; and
  • Effectively communicating relevant issues to technical staff, managers, regulatory authorities, public interest groups and the public.

Skills Required

  • Relevant tertiary qualification(s);
  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities;
  • Willing to adhere to safety requirements;
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Enjoy computing and technical design;
  • Practical and creative; and
  • Able to accept responsibility.


$65,000 - $150,000