Fish and Wildlife Technology

Participate in more hands-on fish and wildlife field experiences and related work placements with a third year of study in the Fish and Wildlife Technology program.


Fall 2016
Program Status: Waitlisted
Program Code: FW
Location: Lindsay
Coordinator: Kris McBride Email
Credential: Ontario College Advanced 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: FW
Location: Lindsay
Coordinator: Kris McBride Email
Credential: Ontario College Advanced 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

Expand your career horizons. Through building on what you've learned in the Fish and Wildlife Technician program, and adding more in-depth studies into the science of fish and wildlife management, you'll be prepared for even greater career success in the field.

You'll take part in more hands-on field experiences and related work placements, training in advanced laboratory techniques, data compilation and analysis, and report writing. An exciting, four-weeks of field placement provides you with the opportunity to further explore your career options - and make valuable employment contacts. Two, week-long field camps in the fall and winter will round out your more intensive experience and extensive skill set.

  • Our program is the only one in Ontario accredited by the North American Wildlife Technologist Association (NAWTA).
  • Fleming is the only college in Ontario offering a third year specialization in Fish and Wildlife Technology.
  • Program graduates are eligible for advanced standing into Trent University's Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology or Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Studies and can complete their Honours degree with just two years of study at Trent.

Why Choose Fleming

The Fish and Wildlife Technology program benefits from the expertise and enthusiasm of faculty who have had real-life experience in the field, and from the focus on hands-on, experiential learning. We also help you secure your future, as many employers, such as the Ontario Ministries of the Environment and Natural Resources or private environmental consulting firms, are looking for graduates from this program. Our contacts are a valuable resource in your career development.


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.

Work Experience

To further practice your skills and expand your network of employment contacts, you'll take part in a field placement during each semester.

Is this You?

As a Fish and Wildlife Technologist, you should possess:

  • analytical skills
  • strong sciences/maths background
  • problem-solving ability and research skills

Career Opportunities

Like the Fish and Wildlife Technician, you will find work in Canada from coast to coast. You will hold a variety of positions from fish and wildlife technologists to interpreters at fish and wildlife reserves, fishing and hunting guides, and wetland inventory technicians. As a Technologist, you will be able to move into managerial or specialized positions more quickly than with the two-year Technician diploma - as you will have developed a more focused skill set. You'll find work for a variety of organizations, such as government research agencies and ministries, private consulting firms, or environmental management agencies such as Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Admission Process for Entry for September 2015 and beyond

As of September 2015 start date and beyond, you can apply for entry to semester one of the Fish and Wildlife Technology program and/ or semester one of the Fish and Wildlife Technician program. The curriculum is the same for the first two years of these programs. (Previously, students had to complete the two-year Technician program before applying to the third year Technology option.)


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.

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.

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 on spending approximately $675 for books, supplies and field camps.

Transfer Agreements

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