Remediation specialists deal with the treatment and removal of contamination from soil and groundwater.
The Role
  • Testing soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water
  • Choosing the most effective remediation systems
  • Supervising support staff
  • Collecting samples to confirm contamination
  • Preparing reports to communicate findings
  • Managing budgets
  • Organising specialist contractors where necessary
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Designing and implementing remedial action plans to clean up sites polluted by waste substances, such as chemical residues or hazardous materials
  • Assessing the contamination and how to bring the site into a safe, legal and usable state.
  • Working with Environmental Geologists, Hydrologists, and Toxicologists to investigate which methods will work best
  • Measuring the results and ensuring the continued safety of the site will need to be devised
  • Working around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm
  • Uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances
  • Newly trained remediation specialists can earn in the region of £25,000£30,000
  • Trained with experience remediation specialists can earn in the region of £30,000£45,000
  • Senior remediation specialists can earn in the region of £45,000£60,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
Usually, a BSc Honours Degree in an engineering, construction or environmental science in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require a Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant body. However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered.