Landscape scientist
Life Sciences

Landscape scientists use scientific knowledge of the environment to solve practical landscape problems. They are often part of a team and work closely with other members of the landscape profession.

Work Activities

Landscape scientists use scientific knowledge of the environment to solve practical landscape problems, providing help with landscape design, planning and management. They are often part of a team and work closely with other members of the landscape profession.

Landscape scientists carry out environmental assessment studies of major development proposals, conduct site surveys and help to resolve nature conservation issues.

As part of their duties they advise on long-term solutions that aim to protect or to reduce adverse effects on existing wildlife. The work is varied, for example, landscape scientists might:

  • Conduct surveys of existing vegetation and soils.
  • Design, create and monitor new habitats.
  • Suggest ways of increasing wildlife on a particular site.
  • Carry out studies to help with central and local government planning.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Pay And Opportunities

Typical employers of landscape scientists include: Employers are environmental consultancies within particular landscape practices. However, some are employed as ecologists by local authorities. In the education sector, a small number of scientists work in research, teaching or lecturing.

Opportunities also occur for landscape scientists to work as self-employed consultants.

Qualifications

Entry requirements for different courses vary so it is important to check with individual universities.

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