Ecology and Environment

As a social worker in the area of Ecology and Environment you will work towards identifying,controlling and preventing environmental disruption caused by human activities.

What do Environmental Social workers do?

Environmental social workers study the effects of human interaction with the environment and plan and implement programs aimed at finding solutions to problems that result from these interactions. They create awareness among the public regarding protection of the environment and about reducing pollution and waste.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Collecting data for conducting research
  • Checked Analysing the data and making reports
  • Checked Assessing environmental impacts caused by various human interventions
  • Checked Preparing environmental management plans
  • Checked Checking the adherence to the rules and regulations on environmental safety and preservation of natural resources
  • Checked Advising individuals and community organisations on Implementing nature friendly measures for waste disposal and pollution control
  • Checked Conducting awareness programs and campaigns on environmental conservation

Specialisation/Job Roles

These work done by these professional lay emphasis on preserving and protecting the environment, and promoting biodiversity.
Lawyers who are specialised in environmental law, offer advice to government and regulatory organisations, as well as private sector clients in everything from pollution to climate change and disaster management.
These officers are responsible for implementing environmental policies and practices relating to environmental issues.

How to become a environmental social worker?

Step 1
Take Humanities Stream with Political Science

Taking any stream in +2 would make you eligible for the undergraduate Course. However taking Science with Biology or Humanities with Geography/ Economics would give you a better perspective.

Step 2
Take BA in Environmental Studies or BSW

To build a career in this field, you can take a B.A in Environmental Studies which is a 3 years course. Another pathway to this career is opting for Bachelors in Social Work which is of 3 years duration.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Social work(MSW)

This is a 2 year course. The eligibility criteria would vary depending on the institutions.

Ecology and Environment (Social Services) Colleges

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Requirements for masters in ecology and environment (social services)

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (from Delhi University for MA Environmental Science)

  • Any undergraduate (BA./BSc./ BA./BSc.(Hon)/ B.Com course after 10+2) from University of Delhi or any other University whose Examination is recognized as equivalent.
  • Must have at least one of these subjects (Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Maths / Geography / Economics) at 10+2 level.

Foreign (University of Washington for Master of Social Work)

  • Applicants should hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4 point scale)
  • 3 References
  • 2 Essays (An autobiographical description and an analysis of a social problem)
  • English language proficiency: TOEFL IBT score of 92 or higher, PBT score of 580 or higher OR IELTS score of 7.0 or higher

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Skills Required

Passion for the Environment

An Environmental Social worker should have an intense enthusiasm towards environment and its conservation.

Communication Skills

Environmental Social workers should have excellent communication skills because they may have to communicate with the public as well as team members and other professionals of related fields.

Organizational Skills

Environmental Specialists should have good interpersonal skills as well as organizational skills to manage a team for effectively doing a specific project/work.

Analytical and Problem solving Skill

An Environmental Social worker must be able to identify and analyse environmental issues, its causes and find the best possible solutions.


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Top Companies/Organisations

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