Environmental Practices Inspector

With increasing urbanisation, cities attract and host a large percentage of a country’s population. With this concentrated social and economic activity, there is a need to better manage aspects of the environment such as air and water quality, the processing of large volumes of all forms of waste and managing urban amenities. Inspecting environmental practices helps to promote the healthy functioning of urban spaces by identifying environmental challenges and ensuring compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Environmental practices inspectors examine businesses and industrial sites to ensure compliance with environmental laws and bylaws. They inspect permits and licenses and issue warnings for environmental transgressions. They can conduct follow up interviews with repeat offenders and report them to higher authorities. Some can also investigate the processes and functions of companies to check whether environmental systems and processes are functioning correctly and adhering to regulation levels.

Environmental practices inspectors work between an office environment, documenting information and travelling to sites to carry out inspections. Site inspections can be dangerous depending on the nature of activities where safety gear may have to be worn.


Environmental practices inspectors require comprehensive knowledge and be able to practically apply environmental laws and regulations. They will also benefit from:

  • Critical and analytical thinking ability
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills


Inspect facilities and collect samples for testing

Prepare inspection records and produce and review compliance reports

Examine legitimacy of permits and licenses

Investigate health and safety complaints, determining the nature of a violation


B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science at NMU, RU, UCT, UJ, UKZN, UMP, UP, UWC and Wits

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Environmental Studies at all universities

LLB., LLM. in Environmental Law at NWU, RU, UCT, UKZN, UL, UP, Wits and UWC


National, provincial and local government.

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