Fish and Wildlife Technician (Optional Co-op)

The Fish and Wildlife Technician program can lead you into a rewarding career, combining your love of the outdoors and keen interest in fish and wildlife, with a commitment to responsible resource management.


Fall 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: BO
Location: Lindsay
Coordinator: Kris McBride Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,047.53 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,194.56 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: BO
Location: Lindsay
Coordinator: Kris McBride Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: January 09, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $1,987.53 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,194.56 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

  • Besides your classroom sessions learning the theory and skills needed for hands-on work, you'll spend a significant amount of time in fish and wildlife laboratory work, and participate in numerous excursions into the field.
  • In 3rd semester, you will rotate through Fisheries, Wildlife, Habitat, Wetland, and Freshwater Ecology Field Schools. These field schools will introduce new skills such as: boat handling, applying the use of GPS units, fish netting, sampling and tagging, as well as working under standardized protocols for habitat assessment, wetland classification, bird banding, and use of wildlife monitoring technologies. Through these field school activities, students will work together to collect, analyze and present the data over the remainder of the technician-level education and training.
  • During field excursions you will practice fisheries management skills and learn about the logistics involved in the design and implementation of field projects, including wading in moving water while wearing a backpack.
  • You will also be spending considerable time in the wild learning plant, bird and mammal identification skills, remote sensing such as tracking animals over rough terrain, and conducting wildlife observations in all weather conditions, including rain, deep snow, and extreme temperatures.

Optional Co-op

The Co-op Option provides the opportunity to:

  • Integrate classroom learning with real work experience
  • Explore the variety of careers available in your field
  • Network for future job opportunities
  • Earn while you learn

Students entering the program in Fall 2016 will be able to apply to participate in an optional paid co-op. Selection of applicants is competitive and will be based on grades (80%), and a personal statement which demonstrates why you are a good candidate and will be successful in co-op (20%). Students must have achieved a 70% average to apply, maintain 70% average, and pass all classes to be eligible for the Co-op Option. Deadline for applications is week 9. Students accepted into the Co-op Option will participate in a Co-op Preparation course. Students are responsible for finding their own co-op placements, with supports provided by our Co-op and Placement Officer, Career Services staff, and program coordinators. Co-op placements are completed between semester 2 and 3.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 4 semesters of study, students participating in co-op pay a co-op fee (approximately $552.00) for administrative and support costs associated with the co-op placement. The Co-op Option is not available for students who begin the program in January, as they attend classes over the summer.

Success Stories

"I have heard employers from as far away as Alberta and California praise the Fleming Fish and Wildlife program and the quality technicians it produces. The program's reputation works in favour of Fleming graduates in the employment selection process."     Chris Nadeau, Program Graduate

Why Choose Fleming

  • Our program is the only one in Ontario accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA).
  • Fleming is one of only two colleges in the province offering a Fish and Wildlife program, and the only one located in southern Ontario.
  • The comprehensive, challenging training you'll receive in this program, facilitated by faculty with experience in the field, ensures that you will obtain the well-rounded, relevant skills employers are seeking.

Common First Semester

Students in our School’s diploma programs take the same courses for first semester after choosing and being accepted into one of our programs. This common focus exposes you to a variety of career options and other programs. You will have the freedom to explore and obtain a multidisciplinary perspective, while you acquire a base of knowledge and fundamental skills.

Although students are accepted into a specific program for their first semester, the common first semester allows you to change direction if you find another program or career area is more appealing. Once you have successfully completed the common first semester, you can enter the program of your choice in second semester, subject to enrolment capacity.

Thomas Luloff is the Coordinator for Common First Semester.

Work Experience

All students have extensive opportunities to put their education into practice in this program. Lab work, excursions into the field, and the one-week field camp offer you the chance to get hands-on experience.

Is this You?

Obviously, you've got to love working outdoors, and have a commitment to the conservation of fish and wildlife. It would be an asset to have worked in a volunteer or paid position in an environmental or natural resource related organization or project. You should also possess:

  • analytical skills
  • a good high school sciences/maths background
  • willingness to move for work
  • willingness to work in challenging outdoor situations and weather conditions

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Fish and Wildlife Technician program will mostly find work within Canada. The positions you'll hold include fish and wildlife technician/technologist, interpreter at fish and wildlife reserves, fishing/hunting guides, and wetlands inventory technicians. Employers seeking Fish and Wildlife technicians include government research agencies and ministries and private consulting firms or environmental management agencies - such as Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 2 College (C) Math courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.


  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry is strongly recommended. (Although not required for admission, these courses will help to prepare you for the program.)

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Pathway Program

If you do not meet the admission requirements for Fish and Wildlife Technician, consider the General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option. This pathway program may provide the requirements you need for admission, while you earn credit for first semester of Fish and Wildlife Technician.

Related Programs

Once you've earned your Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma, you might want to take a third year to earn the Fish and Wildlife Technology diploma.  It will open up even more careers for you upon graduation. Graduates of the Fish and Wildlife Technician program may also consider continuing their education in the Ecosystem Management Technician, Environmental Technician or another of our two-year environmental or natural resource sciences diploma programs.  In just two more semesters, you can obtain an additional Technician diploma and expand your career opportunities.


Health Requirements

  • Fish and Wildlife program students are required to show proof of an adequate titre from rabies vaccination before they enter into semester 3 and/ or semester 5. This applies to all students including those who may transfer into or enter the program with advanced standing.
  • Students will handle mammal carcasses so, for health and safety reasons, those who do not provide proof of an adequate titre will not be permitted access to the Pathology Lab, nor will they be able to complete the program successfully. For more information and to print the required form, go to: Click here .
  • Fish and Wildlife students are required to participate in field activities that include walking kilometres over rough terrain, carrying heavy gear, and operating small watercraft, in all weather conditions, including rain, deep snow, and extreme temperatures.

Additional Costs

Plan to spend about $1,050 in the first year and $900 in the second year for books, supplies, equipment, and field camps.

Transfer Agreements

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