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Landscape Scientist Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Landscape Scientist. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Landscape Scientist
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Landscape Scientist Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Landscape scientists apply their scientific expertise to practical landscaping problems. They are likely to be an expert in an area such as botany, geology, soil science, ecology or conservation.

Their work depends on their area of expertise and can involve: ecological and habitat surveys; assessment of one particular species of wildlife or plant life; advising on planting and maintenance of a site; creating new habitats and environments; drawing up wildlife management plans; analysing soil; setting up and evaluating a conservation scheme.

Landscape scientists also advise on reclamation techniques and pollution management. They may be involved in evaluating the environmental effects of planning applications and providing evidence at public enquiries.

Their work could include inviting tenders for landscaping work and maintenance contracts. Once a contract has been agreed landscape scientists may supervise the construction work to make sure that it is done on time and to the right standard.

They work closely with landscape architects, landscape managers and other professionals, such as planners and civil engineers.

Hours and Environment

Hours of work can be long and irregular, with evening and weekend work sometimes being necessary.

Landscape scientists spend a lot of time in an office or laboratory. Some outdoor work may be necessary, and this could be in all weathers.

Those who work in the private sector may spend a lot of time travelling to sites. They may occasionally have to stay away from home. A driving licence is usually necessary.

Skills and Interests

To work as a landscape scientist, you should:

  • have an interest in the environment and conservation
  • have a strong interest in your area of expertise
  • have a practical approach to work
  • have creative ability
  • be physically fit for outdoor work
  • have good organisational skills
  • have an understanding of environmental and countryside law
  • be able to lead and manage others
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to negotiate
  • be capable of working alone and in a team
  • have business and financial skills.


Entry

You will need a subject-related first degree or a postgraduate qualification to fully qualify as a landscape scientist.

There are no specific landscape science degrees or postgraduate courses but acceptable subjects include: landscape management, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, zoology, botany, and conservation.

To get onto a degree course, you need at least two A levels and five GCSEs (A-C), or equivalent. In Scotland, you need at least three H grades and five S grades (1-3), or equivalent. A level/H grade subjects such as biology, environmental science, chemistry, geography and maths are most relevant.

Some organisations may be willing to employ you with other qualifications such as BTEC/SQA higher national awards in ecology and conservation management or environmental science.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Training

Training is normally on the job.

You can apply for associate membership of the Landscape Institute (LI) if you have completed an approved degree/postgraduate qualification. Contact the LI for details of courses.

You can also become an Associate Member if you have a degree in a natural science. You will need at least two years relevant experience.

To become a fully qualified Member of the LI (MLI) and a Chartered Landscape Architect, you need two more years of approved experience of work as an Associate Member. You must also pass a written and spoken examination.

You may be eligible to join the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. The Institute has Student, Affiliate and Full Membership grades. Contact the Institute for details.

Opportunities

Landscape scientists can be employed anywhere in the UK. They can work for one of a range of organisations. They include local government, large industrial companies and environmental consultancies. Some work for organisations that are involved in environmental concerns, such as English Nature, the Countryside Commission and Scottish National Heritage. Landscape scientists can also work in a private landscape practice or education.

Promotion to a senior or management job role is possible. Some may start their own business or go into partnership in private practice. It may be possible to work abroad, especially in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Annual Income

This section is intended as a guideline only.

The starting salary for a graduate landscape scientist can be between £13,000 to £16,500 a year.
Most qualified landscape scientists earn £20,000 or more.
Almost half of all qualified scientists earn over £25,000 a year.

Further information

The Landscape Institute
6-8 Barnard Mews
London
SW11 1QU
Tel: 020 7350 5200
www.l-i.org.uk

The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
45 Southgate Street
Winchester
SO23 9EH
Tel: 01962 868626
www.ieem.org.uk

Other Useful Landscape Scientist Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Landscape Scientist job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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