Entry Senior

Environmental Advisor

Courtesy of Syncrude

About This Career

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 for meeting regulatory requirements and standards.

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 identifying sensitivities and potential hazards and determining ways to reduce risks and meet applicable standards and regulations.  

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

In addition to standard computer equipment, Environmental Advisors use sampling, monitoring, analysis and testing tools. 

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

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

Example Titles: Environment Health and Safety Advisor, Environment Impact Analyst, and Environmental Program Officer.

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Coaching and assisting others in the interpretation and application of related policies, procedures and regulations.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Promoting good practices and performance and deploying across the job sites.
Determining Compliance
Reviewing and implementing environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations to ensure compliance with all appropriate requirements.
Documenting/Recording Information
Ensuring that adequate records are maintained to meet statutory and company requirements.
Supporting job site and project implementation of environmental and waste agreements.
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Designing or directing studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying best practices and job site performance, promoting and deploying environmental practices across job sites.
Identifying exceptions to environmental performance standards, prescribing corrective and preventative actions, and ensuring corrective and preventative actions are implemented.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Conducting field work, data analysis and documenting results ranging from noise monitoring, soil, groundwater, storm water, spill prevention, waste management, and wildlife system inspections.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
Ensuring effective communication with internal and external stakeholders with respect to activities in this role.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring and managing environmental risk controls.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Developing and managing the Site Improvement Plan for environmental management.
Judgment and Decision Making
Planning and Organizing
Complex Problem Solving
Law and Government
Quality Control Analysis
Career Path
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Planner
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Rail transportation
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Forestry and logging
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support


Exploration and production


Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


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

Additional Requirements:

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