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.
High school diploma
A minimum of 55% in
Chemistry 30 or Science 30
Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
Academic Transition Plan (ATP)
If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available. ATP is individualized to meet your needs.
Computer competency requirement
Many of the courses in this program require a level of familiarity and competency with Microsoft Office suite of computer software.You are advised to enrol in MICO 191 before beginning this program if your computer skills are limited.
Corequisite Certification and Safety Training
Graduates of the Environmental Reclamation Technician program are eligible to apply to the Canadian Environmental Certification Board (CECAB) for designation as EPIT (Environmental Practitioner in Training). Graduates are also eligible to apply to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) under the designation of Registered Technician Agrologists (RTAg). Students should note provincial legislation in Alberta and Saskatchewan requires that to work as a professional and be able to sign off reclamation certificates individuals must be registered either as RTAg, PAg, PBIOL, RPF or FIT, or PEng.
Environmental Reclamation Technician Diploma after Degree option
Bachelor of Science students, or transfer students with advance standing through completion of a related diploma are accepted into the program in September of each year. Students will potentially be able to receive credit for up to 50% of the Environmental Reclamation program course requirements as a result of transfer credits from their degree. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission.
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The MHC Environmental Reclamation program includes a 220-hour (approximately six weeks) career work experience that normally occurs in the spring semester of the second year. This work experience practicum is designed to give hands-on experience in industry leading to career employment. Students will be assisted in finding potential work experience practicums but obtaining placements is the student's responsibility. Work placement opportunities in the Medicine Hat area may be limited and students should be prepared to relocate as required. At the conclusion of the work experience practicum students may be contracted to continue their employment with the work experience company.
Course related field trips and fieldwork may take place on weekends or may require overnight travel. Participation in all activities related to field trips and fieldwork is mandatory.
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