Entry Senior

Environmental Technician

Courtesy of Nexen

About This Career

Environmental Technicians undertake field or laboratory activities to investigate, monitor and remediate sites where the presence of hydrocarbons (e.g., diesel, gasoline, crude oil), salts or metals may have impacted soil, air and/or water quality. They may also undertake similar activities in non-hydrocarbon related sites. They are actively involved at the planning stages of projects by providing environmental information regarding existing soil, air and water quality conditions. This occupation also contributes to surveys and monitoring programs of the environment to identify potential sources of contaminants.  This role tends to be heavily focused on prevention and abatement.

Environmental Technicians carry out field work and operate equipment and devices used in monitoring, prevention control and remediation of contaminants that can impact the quality of environmental conditions and develop plans to restore them under the direction of engineering staff or consultants. Staying current with technology is important as this field is highly technology-based with advancements occurring frequently. 

A thorough working knowledge of Acts and Regulations may be required to ensure employee safety and environmental protection regulatory compliance.

Education: A two-year post-secondary diploma is typically required for a technician role. A post-secondary diploma or degree in environmental, geoscience technology or health and safety may be required by some companies to advance to a technologist role.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services, oil sands and pipelines sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Environmental Field Technician, Environmental Field Specialist, Reclamation Technician, Hazardous Technician (Haz Tech), Air Instrument Technician, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Waste Technician

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Preparing and adhering to site-specific health and safety plans to mitigate or eliminate risks to personnel.
Determining Compliance
Understanding and applying the relevant regulatory requirements for site applications.
Reviewing technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
Documenting/Recording Information
Documenting pre-disturbance soil, vegetation and land forms.
Getting Information
Carrying out field work (e.g. groundwater monitoring and soil sampling) or office assignments under the direction of more experienced scientists and technical employees.
Performing Administrative Activities
Maintaining project logbook records or computer program files.
Processing Information
Performing statistical analyses on air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Providing technical assistance to operations on environmental issues and activities requiring regulatory consultation.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Staying current on the Acts and Regulations that govern employee health and safety and environmental protection.
Public Safety and Security
Law and Government
Quality Control Analysis
Active Listening
Document Use
Career Path
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
  • Environmental Technician to Environmental Specialist to Environmental Advisor
  • Waste Management, Reclamation Specialist, Remediation Specialist
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

·      LNG export facility construction

·      LNG export facility operations

·      Natural gas pipeline construction

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Federal government and public administration
  • Professional scientific and technical services
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Rail transportation
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and Quarrying
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists


Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma
  • Post-secondary degree


  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive
  • Asbestos safety
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Aerial lift training
  • Respirator fit testing
  • Traffic control
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Transportation of Dangerous good (TDG)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • In Quebec, membership in a regulatory body is required to use the title "Professional Technologist"
  • To become a Certified Engineering Technician, a period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required.