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School of Arts, Science & Education

Environmental Biology and Reclamation Technology

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. As an Environmental Biology and Reclamation Technology graduate, you will provide the expertise and support to carry out the reclamation and re-vegetation of these disturbed lands.

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.

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.

On-the-job 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.

Development of practical skills and applied training will take place during the programs Capstone Project in the final term.

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.


DEGREE PATHWAYS 

Start your education at MHC and transfer to University of Lethbridge or University of Saskatchewan to complete a degree!

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Professional Certification
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.

High School
High school diploma
  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2 (minimum 60%)

A minimum of 55% in

  • Biology 20
  • Chemistry 30 or Science 30
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
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Minimum of
  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2 (minimum 60%)

A minimum of 55% in

  • Biology 20
  • Chemistry 30 or Science 30
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2

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.


Co-requisite Certification and Safety Training

  • H2S, Standard First Aid Level A.
  • Additional Safety certification/training is highly recommended: ATV Safety, Authorized Assistant Pesticide Applicator
  • NOTE: Students must have current certification for each of these safety certificates prior to completion of the program. For students to participate in field trips/activities to active oil & gas leases they must have completed both H2S and PST certifications within the first six weeks of the program. Costs of certifications ranges from $50 to $350; you are responsible for these costs.

First Year

Fall Semester

 BOTA 205  Introduction to Botany
 EREC 100  Introduction to Environmental Science Concepts
 EREC 120  Energy Fundamentals
 EREC 140  Environmental Chemistry
 GEOG 201  The Physical Environment

 

Winter Semester

 EREC 160  Invasive Species Ecology and Management
 EREC 230  Water Fundamentals
 EVSC 238  Introduction to Geographic Information Science
 STAT 251  Introduction to Applied Statistics
 TCOM 110  Technical Communications


Second Year

Fall Semester

 BIOL 254  Plant Taxonomy
 BIOL 255  Ecology
 EREC 210  Agrology and Agro-Ecology for Environmental Technologists
 EREC 220  Environmental Sampling and Monitoring
 SOSC 213  Soil Resources

 

Winter Semester

 EREC 240  Environmental Assessment
 EREC 260  Land Reclamation and Revegetation
 EREC 263  Land Reclamation Legislation
 EREC 285  Capstone Project
 EVSC 336  Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing

 

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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.  
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.