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Updated: 2024-04-24 10:35:47

Ecosystem Management Technician

Be a part of the solution - as an Ecosystem Management Technician, you will contribute to the health of ecosystems, minimizing the negative impact we have on the environment. 

Alternate delivery options are available

This program is also offered Part-time

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

EMT

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Location

Frost Campus

Program Contact

Josh Feltham

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2235.75 per semester*

International Tuition

$8731.71 per semester*

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Canadian Students

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January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Accepting Applications

Program Code

EMT

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Location

Frost Campus

Program Contact

Josh Feltham

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2144.06 per semester*

International Tuition

$8671.75 per semester*

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September 02, 2025

Domestic Availability

Coming Soon

International Availability

Coming Soon

Program Code

EMT

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Location

Frost Campus

Program Contact

Josh Feltham

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2235.75 per semester*

International Tuition

$8671.75 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

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Canadian Students

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January 05, 2026

Domestic Availability

Coming Soon

International Availability

Coming Soon

Program Code

EMT

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Location

Frost Campus

Program Contact

Josh Feltham

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2235.75 per semester*

International Tuition

$8671.75 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

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Canadian Students

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Fleming's Ecosystem Management Technician program highlights a holistic approach to the management of human activity within ecosystems. We will prepare you for an exciting career that can take you where you want to go, either in your home community, in a wilderness environment, or across the globe. Through careful consideration of the needs of society and the environment, you'll help governments, conservation groups, and wildlife organizations undertake environmentally sustainable planning for the future.

Within the program, you'll study ecosystem composition, structure and function in wilderness, rural, and urban landscapes, and acquire a broad range of technical skills, as well as the flexibility to adapt to changing job requirements. As well, you will:

  • learn the principles of experimental design and research, and how to apply them to a project of your own
  • participate in the monitoring and assessment of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, conduct resource inventories and environmental sampling, and develop plans for the management of public and private landscapes
  • conduct field research in partnership with a variety of organizations and analyze data generated by this work
  • learn to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to analyze ecosystems at a variety of scales.

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

  • Ecosystem Management is on the leading edge of resource conservation in the 21st century.
  • The School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at the Frost Campus encourages small class sizes and provides state-of-the-art technology.
  • Dedicated, award-winning faculty provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes region.
  • While you learn about ecosystem science and the current techniques of sustainable resources management, you will also develop essential skills in communications, human relations, facilitation, problem solving, dispute resolution, and cultural awareness.
  • This combination of skills and knowledge is transferrable on a global scale.

Many of our programs offer the opportunity to earn a second certificate or diploma with just one or two additional semesters of study. Add another specialization to your skill set and increase your career prospects with this unique opportunity.

Learn more here or contact your program coordinator for more information.

The Ecosystem Management Program provides the student with a two-week (80 hour) mandatory field placement. This placement is designed to allow you to apply your skills, demonstrate your abilities and obtain valuable work experience that many employers are looking for.

The program also has three organized placements: two international placements in South Africa and one in Costa Rica, which enable students to gain a global perspective on conservation. Students who participate in these organized placement experiences are selected based on a rigorous screening process.

Students in our School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences diploma programs take the same core courses in first semester. 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 your find another program or career area is a better fit with your goals and interests. Once you have successfully completed the common first semester, you can enter the program of your choice in second semester, subject to enrolment capacity.

To help you succeed in this program and career you need:

  • the ability to ask questions, solve problems and create sustainable plans
  • an interest in understanding how ecosystems and humanity interact
  • analytical and creative thinking
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • good organizational ability
  • cultural awareness/sensitivity
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • volunteer or work experience in such areas as conservation, parks, greenspace projects, public education about the environment, or habitat restoration is an asset.

As a Technician, you'll find work in careers such as:

  • resource management technician
  • urban forest management
  • geomatics technician
  • aquatic/terrestrial biologist
  • environmental education
  • land use planning
  • restoration technician
  • watershed technician
  • environmental consultant, and others.

You'll work for conservation authorities, parks departments, private consulting firms, municipal/provincial/federal governments, non-governmental organizations, First Nations communities, or stewardship organizations. Positions can be found across Canada and around the world. Willingness to relocate for work, and taking the initiative to develop contacts in the field greatly enhances the opportunities available to you.

As an Ecosystem Management student you will be required to:

  • Participate in field activities, sometimes in remote areas, including walking several kilometers over rough terrain, carrying heavy gear, and working in all weather conditions such as rain, deep snow and extreme temperatures.
  • Participate in activities that require reading, interpreting and creating maps using Geographic Positioning Systems and Geographic Information System software, topographic paper maps and aerial photographs.
  • Identify landscape features, rocks, minerals, soil layers, flora and fauna, including microscopic plankton and invertebrates for the purposes of habitat assessment. Identification of these elements of the ecosystem will be based almost exclusively on live and/or preserved specimens, objects or samples, maps and photographs etc.
  • Apply verbal and non-verbal communication techniques in a team context to resolve conflicts and achieve project goals.

Plan to spend about $925 in the first year and $525 in the second year for the cost of books, supplies and field camps.

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students in this program. To qualify for an IPD, you must take and successfully complete a series of required Indigenous Studies courses as well as participate in a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences. Your transcript will indicate the IPD upon graduation, a designation that provides you with a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions to our shared society within the context of your program of study. The IPD provides a valuable skill set sought after in today's employment sector.

  • Participate in resource management planning based on knowledge of relevant government structures, policies, terminology and legislation.
  • Effectively communicate the foundational principles of Ecosystem Management in a variety of formats, including oral, written, computer-based and other technologies, to a variety of audiences.
  • Work effectively with a wide variety of sampling tools and technologies to accurately collect, organize, analyze, interpret and communicate ecological and spatially geo-referenced data.
  • Respect a variety of worldviews and perspectives on ecology, sustainability, and the role that humans play within ecosystems at the local, regional, and global level.
  • Apply the scientific method and the principles of scientific inquiry to complete collaborative research studies on ecosystem dynamics and ecosystem function at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills in the completion of proposals and grant applications to secure resources for the implementation of ecosystem management projects.
  • Apply current and emerging protocols to study ecosystem biodiversity, composition, structure and function.
  • Develop conflict resolution, facilitation and negotiating skills to work effectively with others in a collaborative, solutions-based environment to prevent and/or mitigate the impacts of human activity within ecosystems.
  • Prepare internal reports and field records, documenting information accurately and in a timely manner, in compliance with industry and government regulations, established policies and procedures.
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment appropriately, in compliance with industry safety and operating standards, ensuring optimum health and safety of self, team members and the environment.

Students applying to Ecosystem Management Technician must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and Gr 12 C Math

Windows (ideal) or Mac computer. Information about hardware requirements can be found on the ArcGIS Desktop system requirements page.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Geography
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 51 out of a 90 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Arts in Geography
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 51 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Science (General) in Biology
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 39 out of a 90 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Science in Biology
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Science
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Human Science
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science (Ordinary) in Environmental Science with Ecology
Requirement
  • Minimum 60% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 3-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information

Visit the Atlantic Technological University – Sligo website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Environmental Management
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
  • Required to complete the Lakehead University summer transition program.
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Lakehead University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Forestry
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
  • Required to complete the Lakehead University summer transition program.
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Lakehead University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice
Requirement
  • Minimum B cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Royal Roads University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Royal Roads University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice
Requirement
  • Minimum B cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Royal Roads University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Royal Roads University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Requirement
  • Minimum B cumulative program average.
  • Possess a recognized college or university level Chemistry course with a minimum 'B' (3.00/4.33) grade
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Royal Roads University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Royal Roads University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Resource Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 7.0 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Science
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 7.0 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Wilfrid Laurier University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

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