Environmental reclamation is the returning of lands disturbed from mining, oil and gas activities, transportation, or logging back into either economically productive or natural habitats. Environmental reclamation technicians provide the expertise and support to carry out the reclamation and re-vegetation of these disturbed lands. If you have a passion for the environment, and want to make a lasting difference, this program will get you started. Where your career takes you next is up to you.
Our two-year diploma program was designed by employers to include specific training essential for this career while focusing on the unique environmental conditions of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. You will develop your skills and knowledge in surveying and mapping; water and soil studies; botany and plant taxonomy; agronomy; weed control; environmental assessment and monitoring; environmental law, legislation and reclamation technologies. At the conclusion of the program, students undertake a 220-hour work experience practicum where they will put their learning into practice and build essential industry contacts.
As an environmental reclamation technician, the job can be different each week and may require working on a variety of projects at separate locations both indoors and outside. Travel to remote locations may require the operation of equipment such as boats, quads or 4x4 trucks with standard transmissions. Seasonally the job may involve long hours including evenings and weekends. Duties may include coordination of field activities for monitoring and sample collection, data analysis, development of reclamation plans, carrying out environmental assessments, researching the history of well-sites, completion of documents and reports, supervision or implementation of weed management measures, or providing technical support for erosion and sediment control.
This may be the program for you if you are looking for a career that has great earning potential, involves travel and the chance to be outside, requires something different every day, and gives you the opportunity to make a lasting difference for the environment. The environmental field is rapidly expanding and the demand for individuals with the required knowledge, skills and practical experience is increasing. Even during slowdowns in the oil and gas industry, the employment outlook for reclamation professionals remains strong.
Graduates of this program are in demand. As a graduate you may find field-based or office-based work with private or government agencies involved with environmental monitoring, site mediation and reclamation, resource reclamation, well decommissioning, or environmental impact and audit studies.
High school diploma
A minimum of 55% in
Note: Due to a strict quota limit of 20 students, not all applicants who meet the requirements for admission may be accepted. Apply early as applications will be admitted on "first qualified-first admitted" basis.
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After 12 years of working and raising a family, I felt it was time to make a change. It was easy and fun to fall back into a learning atmosphere at MHC.
After College Prep, I enrolled in the Environmental Reclamation Technician program and now work for Cypress County.
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