National Occupational Standards for Environmental Monitors - Research Specialization NOS
Environmental monitors (EMs) are individuals who observe the environment and the impacts of human and industrial activities, and communicate this information to various stakeholders. In this way, they may help to mitigate negative environmental impacts. In addition to the Core document, which contains the core skills needed for all EM careers, there are two areas of specialization for EMs: Regulatory and Research. Regulatory EMs are those individuals who monitor the activities of industry to ensure compliance with land-use or other environmental impact agreements. Research EMs are those individuals who assist technicians/technologists in monitoring various factors of the environment. For instance, they assist in wildlife counts, surveys, or sampling. Not all environmental monitors have or require all of the skills noted in these sets of standards, however, all skills that environmental monitors in Canada have are captured in the standards.