Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Knowledge of math, science, business, and law is important in brownfield development work. Take as many classes as possible in mathematics, including algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics. Science and computer classes are essential. The ability to communicate clearly and express ideas verbally and in writing helps in creating reports and presentations, so be sure to take English classes also.

Postsecondary Education

Most jobs in brownfield development and site management require an undergraduate degree. Useful course work focuses on environmental science, including soil science, geology, biology; environmental law, government, business management, mathematics (algebra, geometry, physics, calculus), engineering, chemistry, and English and communications. Computer skills are essential for creating spreadsheets, mapping locations, and studying data. Take classes in computer-aided design and geographic information systems. Some specialists and site managers have a master's degree or Ph.D. in science, and have experience working in laboratories using different instruments and techniques.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification is voluntary, although some clients may require certification to assess environmental contaminants and make recommendations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers certification and educational programs at OSHA education centers located throughout the country. Programs include hazardous materials management, construction safety, industrial hygiene safety, environmental safety and health management, environmental specialist, storm water specialist, among other topics. The National Registry of Environmental Professionals offers a certification program for Registered Environmental Property Assessors. Professionals with a bachelor's degree and prior work experience in property assessments and environmental auditing are eligible to take the certification exam.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Employers prefer to hire brownfield redevelopment specialists and site managers with several years of prior experience on redevelopment projects. The job requires critical thinkers who are able to identify problems and use logic, reasoning, and clear communication skills to develop solutions. Organization and coordination skills are relied on regularly in this work as brownfield redevelopment specialists and site managers oversee a team of people, maintain constant contact with clients, and generate reports and presentations. They are well-versed in laws and government regulations and understand the practical applications of engineering science and technology. They are skilled in creating strategic plans and allocating resources. Detail-oriented, analytical thinkers who are dependable, ethical, and good-natured do well in this type of work.