Environmental conservation agents manage and protect important natural areas, such as nature reserves, forests, mountainous areas and páramo, and sites of special scientific interest.
Environmental conservation agents carry out studies on the flora and fauna, habitats and characteristics of the landscape within these areas. They identify the species of flora and fauna, map their habitats, analyze their behavior and record the figures. Other environmental specialists and scientists, for example botanists and ecologists, can help in this work.
Their conclusions help to give us a clear idea of the flora and fauna of the country and to identify which species need protection. Environmental conservation agents maintain computerized databases to organize the results of their studies, and write reports.
Environmental conservation agents plan and implement policies to protect flora and fauna and the environment. This can represent educating the local population, for example through conferences, organizing presentations and exhibitions, and writing brochures and newsletters. They can, for example, try to raise awareness of how to avoid pollution.
They can also highlight the importance of their work and talk about it in media interviews.
Environmental conservation agents consider the impact that human activity and new urban developments, roads, etc. have on the environment. They intervene in discussions with neighbors, owners and local authorities, for example, about the environmental impact of new roads and planned buildings.
They advise local authorities and private companies on the likely consequences of future urban development, through presentations, written reports and discussions.
They can collect evidence of contamination, for example by taking samples of contaminated water or photographs of illegally burned or dumped garbage. They could use that evidence to bring the people or organizations causing the pollution to court. This process may include receiving complaints from citizens and responding to them.
Environmental conservation agents plan and supervise long-term environmental projects, for example, the establishment and management of páramo and forest areas. They participate in the planning and design of new protected areas, and in negotiations with landowners to ensure safe and responsible public access.
Increasingly, environmental conservation agents are trying to get local community groups to participate in protection projects, for example by helping to attract funds.
Within protected areas, they can also plan, design and supervise the construction of visitor facilities, such as roads and parking areas.
As managers, they recruit, train and supervise staff, including volunteer teams. They plan and control budgets, and are responsible for creating maintenance schedules, for example repairing fences and clearing ponds and ponds of weeds.
They also work with park rangers and forest rangers, who enforce ordinances and regulations to protect the protected area, for example by patrolling to make sure fishermen are licensed.
Environmental conservation officers combine clerical, administrative and organizational work with outings to visit sites, and often travel from one site to another.