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Emerging Occupations

Reclamation Specialist

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances. In general, reclamation specialists work to return disturbed land to its equivalent land use after it has been impacted by erosion, mining, oil and gas activities, flooding, commercial development or other processes.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 11,000
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

64%
64%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Reclamation Specialist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Civil Engineers
NOC code: 2131
INNOVATIVE

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

OBJECTIVE

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

DIRECTIVE

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.

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Duties
Updated Jan 23, 2017

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.

Common tasks for reclamation specialists include the following:

  • document pre-disturbance soil, vegetation and land forms
  • research site histories, including typical land-use practices for the given 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 and Environmental Engineers, among others.

Working Conditions
Updated Jan 23, 2017

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

Field work is organized around site conditions and requirements. Some field work may take place outside of the Monday-to-Friday work week. It may include walking or hiking through outdoor areas, as well as the collection of 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 Jan 23, 2017

Reclamation specialists need the following characteristics:

  • ability to apply theoretical concepts and analyze large volumes of information
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • strong communication skills
  • ability to think and plan long-term
  • ability to work to deadlines
  • good organizational skills.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Jan 23, 2017

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 - AB

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

No professional certifications specific to reclamation specialists are currently available. However, many reclamation specialists are certified as agrologists, professional engineers, geoscientists, biologists or environmental practitioners.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, alternate sources of energy)
  • 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
  • nongovernment 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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Natural Resources industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Jan 23, 2017

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.

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 2131: Civil engineers as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Civil engineers
NOC code: 2131

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $25.94 $93.75 $36.00 $44.36
Overall $36.06 $122.60 $48.84 $59.65
Top $43.10 $288.46 $70.84 $87.50

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
Public Administration
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Manufacturing
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

64%
64%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

26%
26%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

10%
10%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
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Other Sources of Information
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada reclamation specialist profile: www.eco.ca/occupationalprofiles/profiles/reclamation-specialist/59/

EPEA Alberta Environmental Protection Enhancement Act: www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/E12.pdf

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 21, 2013. 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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