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Emerging Occupations

Reclamation Specialist

In general, reclamation specialists restore disturbed land to productive condition after it has been impacted by erosion, mining, oil and gas activities, flooding, commercial development or other processes.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook avg
  • Employed 8,300
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Biochemist, Ecotoxicologist, Environmental Agrologist, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Technician, Pollution Control Technologist, Reclamation Engineer, Remediation Specialist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

This occupation has not yet received an official NOC code. However, it is considered similar to the following historical NOC codes. CAUTION—As this occupation is only similar to these NOC codes, related details and labour market information may not be accurate:

  • 2006 NOC: Civil Engineers (2131) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Civil Engineers (C031) 
  • 2011 NOC: Civil engineers (2131) 
  • 2016 NOC: Civil engineers (2131) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Reclamation Specialist occupation
Average Wage*
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Reclamation Specialist occupation
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Reclamation Specialist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).

*The Reclamation Specialist is similar to this NOC group
Civil Engineers

Interest in synthesizing information to conduct research in order to determine project requirements, to develop construction specifications and procedures, and to conduct feasibility studies, economic analyses, municipal and regional traffic studies, environmental impact studies and other investigations


Interest in precision working to conduct technical analyses of survey and field data for development of topographic, soil, hydrological and other information; in conducting field services for civil works; and in monitoring air, water and soil quality and developing procedures to clean up contaminated sites


Interest in supervising technicians, technologists and other engineers; and in overseeing land surveys and construction work, in approving survey and civil design work, in evaluating and recommending building and construction materials, in approving designs, calculations and cost estimates, in ensuring that construction plans meet guidelines and specifications of building codes and other regulations, and in establishing and monitoring construction work schedules

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 05, 2021

Reclamation specialists:

  • Identify contaminated or damaged areas
  • Develop plans to reclaim or restore these areas
  • Inspect, monitor and evaluate reclamation projects
  • Maintain compliance with all government environmental regulations

Among other tasks, reclamation specialists must:

  • Document pre-disturbance soil, vegetation and land forms
  • Research site histories, including typical land-use practices for the site
  • Identify and map pollution pathways and their environmental impacts
  • Prepare conceptual site models
  • Perform soil and groundwater testing
  • Develop and implement reclamation plans, including processes and procedures for removing contaminants and restoring sites to their natural state or equivalent land use
  • Provide cost estimates and schedules for reclamation plans
  • Monitor groundwater, soil and vegetation
  • Evaluate ongoing reclamation projects
  • Understand and apply relevant regulatory requirements for land reclamation
  • Research reclamation techniques
  • Liaise with clients and regulatory bodies

Reclamation specialists may work alongside soil scientists, agrologists, geologists, environmental engineers, or other specialists.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 05, 2021

Reclamation specialists spend part of their time in office settings planning projects and part of their time in the field performing site investigations and inspections.

Fieldwork is organized around site conditions and requirements. Some fieldwork may take place outside of the Monday-to-Friday workweek. It may include walking or hiking through outdoor areas, as well as collecting soil, groundwater and vegetation samples. Lifting of materials up to 10 kg may be involved.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 05, 2021

Reclamation specialists need:

  • Communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • The ability to work alone or in a team
  • The ability to think and plan long-term
  • The ability to work to deadlines

Reclamation specialists should be passionate about environmental stewardship and enjoy working in the outdoors.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 05, 2021

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation, so reclamation specialists may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.

Reclamation specialists typically require an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields:

  • Environmental science
  • Environmental engineering
  • Earth and water science
  • Soil science
  • Agriculture
  • Agrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geography

However, it may also be possible to find employment with a technical diploma in a related field.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Concordia University of Edmonton

Yellowhead Tribal College Edmonton

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 05, 2021

There is no professional certifications specific to reclamation specialists. However, many reclamation specialists are certified as agrologists, engineers, geoscientists, biologists or environmental practitioners.

ECO Canada offers an Environmental Professional (EP) certification. Visit their website for details.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 05, 2021

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • An increased human need (for example, restoration of natural resources to productive condition)
  • Technological advances
  • Greater specialization within an occupation

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans already are working in this emerging occupation but future demand for reclamation specialists is unknown.

Reclamation specialists are employed by:

  • Environmental and engineering consulting firms
  • Waste management firms
  • Oil and gas, mining and forestry companies
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • Various levels of government
  • Colleges, universities and research institutes

Reclamation specialists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2131: Civil engineers. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 2131: Civil engineers occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 154 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 05, 2021

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current salary data is available for this occupation.

*The reclamation specialist is similar to this NOC group
Civil engineers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.60 $61.62 $37.83 $33.49
Overall $34.38 $73.02 $51.38 $49.79
Top $37.73 $112.50 $73.33 $70.56

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 05, 2021

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Updated Mar 05, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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