Natural Resources Environmental Technology

Learn practical skills and theory with a focus on environmental sustainability to prepare for careers in resource and environmental management.

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Start Date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2014 Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Waitlist 2015New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2015.
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Waitlist 2014New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2014.

Program Overview

Sustaining our natural resources, so they can be used and enjoyed by present and future generations, is critical to the health of our environment. Careers are available in a wide range of occupations from field technicians to environmental assessors. You should be in good physical condition and prepared to work outside in all weather conditions. These are the realities of working in a challenging and rewarding industry.

This program combines practical and theoretical skills to prepare graduates to work in environmental and related industries. To keep pace with the increasing requirement for environmental technology workers, all courses are presented from an environmental sustainability perspective. You spend a considerable amount of time participating in outdoor labs. You also develop an integrated resource management plan from start to finish – design, data collection, data compilation and recommendations to improve habitat.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Highlight"Stream classifications and digging soil pits, and all of the field days."
  2. Cool Activity"Learning about a variety of wildlife and tree species."
  3. Favourite"Learning how to properly fall a tree with a chainsaw."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • Faculty are experienced in both theory and field work and have developed professional relationships with employers and industry. They guide, mentor, and support your career development in this emerging field.
  • You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers require. The program is designed with the input of industry leaders to ensure you get current and relevant skills.
  • Experience practical hands-on learning both in the classroom and with fieldwork.
  • This program is accredited with the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC), a standing committee of ECO Canada. CEAC accreditation means that this program has met national standards for environment programs.
  • NSCC – University Articulation & Transfer Agreements – This program may provide up to 2 years of advanced standing for graduates who want to continue their studies to complete a university degree.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates have many opportunities for careers in the environmental and natural resource sectors. They may be employed with environmental consulting companies, engineering firms, government agencies, community organizations, and forest management companies.

Other Info

  • Important Abilities & Skills – This program is designed to prepare the successful graduate for participation in real workplace situations; therefore, a good deal of the delivery and skill development occurs outdoors. Individuals in this industry should be in good physical condition and be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions. In addition to books and supplies, students are required to be equipped with personal protective equipment and clothing.
  • Travel Expenses – Some travel is required and varies based on your specific program plan. Additional costs include meals and accommodation.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
NRET 1010   Environmental Assessment
NRET 1021   Navigation I
NRET 1121   Applied Mathematics II
NRET 1122   Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management
NRET 1123   Applied Mathematics I
NRET 1124   Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Classification
NRET 1125   Watershed Management I
NRET 1126   Fish and Wildlife I
NRET 1127   Introduction to GPS and GIS
NRET 1700   Applied Ecosystem Management
NRET 3010   Public Outreach
NRET 3100   Work Experience I
NRET 3101   Habitat Science I
NRET 3103   Quality and Environmental Management Systems
NRET 3104   Environmental Science
NRET 3110   Entrepreneurship
NRET 3114   Climate Change
NRET 3115   Statistics
NRET 3116   Environmental Sampling
NRET 3200   Work Experience II
NRET 3201   Habitat Science II
NRET 3220   Environmental Law and Compliance
NRET 3303   Geographic Information Systems
NRET 3304   Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge
NRET 3306   Industrial Safety
NRET 3307   Fish and Wildlife II
NRET 3308   Coastal and Marine Management
NRET 3309   Watershed Management II
NRET 3310   Applied Research Project
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Incident Command
Introduction to Confined Space Entry
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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