Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

September 2022

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 06, 2022
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Sem 1 Delivery:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$3,669.78 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement is a career that appeals to people who enjoy outdoor pursuits, and who have a balanced approach to consumption and conservation.

Important program information for the 2021/2022 academic year

The chart below indicates the status of delivery for this program in upcoming academic terms. Please note that program delivery is subject to change based on government and public health requirements and the college's admissions policies.


Delivery Mode

On Campus Date

On Campus Reqs

Delivery Breakdown



Jan. 31

up to 5 days per week

all lectures online, some labs/seminars in person

Program Highlights

In this program, our mandate is to prepare field ready, entry-level conservation and environmental law enforcement officers. You can really make a difference. This is a challenging program with a heavy workload that is intended for serious students entering a competitive field.

Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement is about regulating the use of natural resources, and accountability for activities that have an adverse effect on the environment. Examples of regulated activities include fishing, hunting, logging, aggregate extraction, alteration of fish habitat, the use of public land, and the discharge of pollutants.

This one-year, two-semester post-graduate program will prepare you for a variety of positions in the field, with a well-rounded selection of courses offering a good blend of practice and theory. You will be trained in such areas of study as procedural law, fish and wildlife enforcement, lands and environmental law, investigation techniques, forensics, and conflict management and avoidance. In your first semester, your learning will be enhanced through a fall camp, situated in a wilderness setting.

Success Stories

"Fleming's Natural Resources - Law Enforcement program gave me the knowledge to pursue my career as a Canine Conservation Officer. This in-depth law program offers not only valuable classroom instruction, but much needed practical training, which I apply every day in the field. Along with dedication and hard work, I feel that the program gave me the tools and experience to succeed in my career."

Sean Cronsberry,
Canine Conservation Officer, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Why Choose Fleming

There are only four programs available in Canada in this career field. Our program was the first to be offered at the college-level. All of our faculty members have current and extensive field experience, and share their passion for the career - as well as their experiences - with students. The program is well-recognized and highly regarded in the field.

Is this You?

Besides a balanced approach to the consumption and conservation of resources, you should possess:

  • skills/confidence working in the outdoors
  • physical fitness
  • time management skills
  • fish and wildlife identification skills
  • motivation to face challenges
  • conflict resolution skills; team player

Students require basic computer and internet skills including e-mail, word processing, and file management. There is a significant amount of classroom and field curriculum focused on hunting. Hunting experience is strongly recommended.

Career Opportunities

There are plenty of seasonal opportunities for graduates to start with, and as they develop experience in the field, full time or more permanent employment is likely. Recent graduates have landed a variety of positions, including:

  • Conservation Officer (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Yukon)
  • Fishery Officer (Department of Fisheries and Oceans)
  • Environmental Officer (Ministry of Environment, Environment Canada)
  • Wildlife Officer (Environment Canada)
  • Watershed Enforcement Officer (Conservation Authorities)
  • Park Warden (Ontario Parks, National Parks)

Conservation and environmental officers' salaries in Ontario range from $60,000 - $85,000 annually. In particular, women and other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to the program - there are many opportunities for you.

Note: To be qualified for a Conservation Officer position, proficiency in hunting is required.

Additional Costs

Plan on spending about $1,250.00 for books, supplies, safety equipment and camps.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in Ontario College Diploma or University Degree (GPA based on last 2 years of University Degree) in Natural Resources, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies or equivalent

Please Note: Social Sciences, Criminology, and Humanities based courses do not meet requirements for this program.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements listed above will only be considered on an individual basis if they possess a combination of education and relevant experience in the fields of biology, law enforcement or natural resources/environmental management, as well as angling/hunting/trapping experience.

Recommended (but not required for admission)

  • Boating Safety Operator Card
  • C.P.R. Level 'C' certificate

Other program requirements:

  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
  • Standard First Aid Certification
  • Hunter Safety Certificate
  • Current proof of a clean police records check
  • The Conflict Management and Avoidance courses require high level aerobic and muscular strength fitness. Students are required to reach Provincial Standards in the Shuttle Run, PARE and OPATCO testing as part of course requirements.

Tuition and Fees Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

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