Urban Forestry Technician Co-op

With the unique new Urban Forestry Technician 2 + 2 diploma/degree you can make a difference, focusing on the conservation and sustainability of our urban forests and green spaces.


Fall 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: UFT
Location: Lindsay
Contact: Tom Mikel Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: September 05, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,093.53 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,240.56 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

2 + 2

2 years at Fleming College and 2 years at University of New Brunswick

= 1 unique opportunity to earn a college diploma and a university degree in just 4 years.

Urban forestry focuses on the care, protection and maintenance of trees, forests and green spaces in towns and cities. It's caring for "the green in the gray."

As an urban forestry technician, you will require technical, applied skills, but you will also need the ability to work with people and communities. Your work will involve balancing, integrating, and linking the social, economic, environmental, and conservation-related issues associated with the urban forest and community spaces.

This unique 2 + 2 program blends applied and multidisciplinary skills to prepare for the demands of this emerging field. Professionals are needed who can communicate effectively with the public, understand and interpret legislation and policies, and have a broad perspective on planning and conservation. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Identify and appraise a wide range of species in the urban forest
  • Maintain safe and healthy trees by applying principles of tree anatomy and physiology
  • Recommend appropriate arboriculture practices
  • Use a range of GIS tools and spatial technologies to collect, analyze and model the characteristics of urban forests
  • Understand soil characteristics, watershed dynamics, and wildlife habitats that contribute to urban forest ecosystems
  • Safely operate, maintain and troubleshoot equipment
  • Demonstrate and advocate for an integrated approach to urban forestry management
  • Interpret legislation, regulation and policies relating to urban forestry
  • Plan, budget and implement business practices associated with the urban forestry practitioner
  • Apply practices and principles of urban forest management in an ethical and professional manner.

You will complete three university-level courses (Communications, Math and Introductory Chemistry) during your diploma program at Fleming College, providing an opportunity to determine if pursuing a degree in this field at university is the right choice for you.

University of New Brunswick Pathway

This program was developed in collaboration with University of New Brunswick (UNB). As a result of this special partnership, the Urban Forestry Technician program is a pathway to a university degree. Students can spend two years at Fleming College and two years at University of New Brunswick (UNB) earning both a college diploma in Urban Forestry and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree with an Urban Forestry major. Urban Forestry Technician courses that are eligible for transfer to UNB require a grade of 70% or higher. Please view the agreement to see details.


Other University Pathways

Eligible graduates of the Fleming Urban Forestry Technician diploma also are able to complete the Bachelor of Urban Forestry degree at University of British Columbia, with three additional years of study at UBC.

Graduates who meet admission/agreement requirements can complete a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Lakehead University with a four-week summer transition program, and two years of additional study.

Work Experience

Earn while you learn during the paid, summer co-op working in urban forestry between semester 2 and 3.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 4 semesters of study, students pay a co-op fee (approximately $552.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

Why Choose Fleming?

The college's Forestry Technician program is the largest in Canada, and has produced highly sought after grads for more than 45 years. The college was also the first to offer certificate programs in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.

Fleming College is well known for its commitment to student success through personalized support, programs and pathways that ladder to higher learning.

Is this You?

  • You want to make a difference - through involvement with conservation and sustainability in a growth area of the environmental sector
  • You recognize the value of hands-on skills/ minds-on skills
  • You enjoy working with people and working outdoors
  • You are ready for a challenge.

Career Opportunities

Program graduates will qualify for a broad range of positions with increasing levels of responsibility in supervisory and management roles. There is very little specific career training in urban forestry at the degree level in Canada, although urban forestry jobs have continued to grow. Within the Fleming-UNB program, graduates are eligible to become Registered Professional Foresters, which is a requirement for many of the higher-level urban forestry jobs. Employment opportunities include  work with:

  • City, county, provincial, federal and other government agencies
  • Municipal parks, recreation and/or planning departments
  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Arboreta, botanical gardens and tree research centres
  • Hydro and utility companies
  • Corporations with multiple urban properties and private lands
  • Private landscaping and arboriculture industries

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

2 College (C) English courses

2 College (C) Math courses

When (C) is the minimum level for admission, (U) and (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.

Transfer Agreements

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