A ecologist is responsible for the scientific study of ecosystems and the environment. They use their knowledge to help protect natural resources and improve environmental management practices. Ecologists may work in a variety of settings, including government agencies, universities, and private consulting firms.

Ecologist Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct field studies to collect data on plant, animal, and ecosystem behavior
  • Analyze data to identify patterns and trends in ecological systems
  • Develop hypotheses about how changes in the environment will impact ecological systems
  • Test hypotheses through experiments and field research
  • Present findings in reports and scientific papers
  • Collaborate with other scientists to develop conservation plans for threatened ecosystems


  • To study and learn about different ecosystems and how they work
  • To monitor the health of ecosystems and identify any problems
  • To conduct research on the impact of human activity on ecosystems
  • To develop plans to protect and conserve natural resources
  • To educate others about the importance of preserving our environment

Ecologist Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • A bachelor‚Äôs degree in ecology, environmental science, or a related field is typically required.
  • Ecologists should have strong communication and interpersonal skills as they often work with other scientists, government officials, and the general public.
  • They should also be able to effectively communicate their findings through writing and presenting scientific papers.
  • Strong analytical and problemsolving skills are essential in this role as ecologists must be able to identify environmental problems and develop solutions.