Dr. Heinrich Bottermann worked from 1985 to 1990 as a tenured vet in the Borken. From 1990 to 1993 he was Head of Unit of the Senator of Health in Bremen before he was from 1993 to 1995 Head of Unit in the Federal Ministry of Health. He then worked as Head of Unit for animal welfare and veterinary medicines in the Department of Environment and Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia (MUNLV, 1995-2007), director of the State Office of Food Economics and hunting NRW (2003 to 2006) and Deputy Head of Department of Agriculture in MUNLV.
From 1 August 2007 to 30 September 2013 Bottermann was President of the State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia, an agency with approximately 1,400 employees.
Since October of 2013 Dr. Heinrich Bottermann has been the General Secretary of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU) in Osnabrück.