Water Conservation Officer

OFO No: 213306

Other names for Water Conservation Officer:

Hydrographical Technical Officer
Hydrological Technical Officer
Water Quality Analyst
Waste Water Treatment Officer / Technician
Water Quality Technician

What is a Water Conservation Officer?

As a Water Conservation Officers your main duties will be the protection and improvement of environmental habitats that are dependant on ground water.

Becoming a Water Conservation Officer is a specialised role within nature conservation.  It is a position that is growing in popularity due to an increased awareness of the importance and vulnerability of wetland habitats due to the threat of construction and industrial development.

Their role may focus either on the management and conservation of wetland areas, or on the management of the environmental impact of developments that affect groundwater.

What does a Water Conservation Officer do?

  • assesses the effect on wildlife of existing and proposed works, e.g. pipelines, drainage or flood defence schemes
  • advises on how to safeguard existing wildlife habitats
  • promotes educational and public awareness of the environmental importance of wetland habitats and species
  • visits sites and monitors work, e.g. wildlife surveys
  • negotiates and discusses environmental impact with other professionals (architects, engineers, planners, wildlife groups)

Are you … ?

  • interested in conservation?
  • interested in science?
  • organised?
  • dedicated?
  • interested in water?
  • willing to work a lot outdoors?
  • a good communicator?
  • thorough and systematic?


National Diploma in Environmental or Public Health

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Environmental Health or Management


Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Water Resource Management


Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Hydrology



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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Meteorologist … or … Agronomist … or … Marine Biologist

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