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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:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Waitlist
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available


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.

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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, and throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

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.
  • You 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • Some travel is required and varies based on your specific program plan. Additional costs include meals and accommodation.
  • 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.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

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
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1230   Incident Command

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