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Ecosystem Management Technology

The Ecosystem Management Technology program builds on the expertise developed from the two year Technician program. You will gain greater applied experience while working with community and resource agencies that are dedicated to long term ecosystem health

Alternate delivery options are available

This program is also offered Part-time, Part-time, Advanced Standing

Application Process

Students interested in the Ecosystem Management Technology program are required to enter via the Ecosystem Management Technician level of the program. During the second year of the technician level, students can apply, through an internal application process, to be considered for entry to the technology level. Students must successfully complete all four semesters of the technician level to be granted entry to the technology program.

If you are looking for a challenge, are passionate about the environment and want to be a leader, then this program is for you.

The third year of Ecosystem Management Technology begins with a mandatory four-day field camp in a remote wilderness setting. This experience offers both personal challenge and the opportunity to build effective working relationships with your classmates - essential preparation for the year ahead.

You will participate in a variety of applied learning experiences. This includes a unique placement program - Credit for Product - in which you will spend one day per week working with a team on a project for an external agency. Students in the program also host an annual EcoHealth conference, inviting the public, local area residents, community groups and businesses to attend, participate and learn.

If you are interested in continuing your education once you complete the program, we offer a number of transfer agreements with top universities. Alternatively, if you are a university student looking for a program to complement your degree and provide you with a more applied approach to learning, then this program will meet your needs.

Please note, as part of the program, you will attend the Annual National Council for Science and the Environment Conference in Washington D.C. A current passport for this activity is required.

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

  • The Ecosystem Management Technologist program is the only Ontario college program of its kind.
  • As a discipline, Ecosystem Management is on the leading edge of resource conservation in the 21st century.
  • We encourage small class sizes and access to state-of-the-art technology.
  • Dedicated, award-winning faculty provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment.
  • Our many transfer agreements with universities enable graduates to further their studies. This includes: 
    • A Bachelor of Environmental Science degree at Trent University or York University. Successful applicants can complete their degree with an additional two years of study at either of these partner institutions, earning graduates an advanced diploma and degree in just five years.
    • An agreement with Cape Breton University, which enables program graduates to obtain their Bachelor of Science (Environment) with approximately one additional year of study.

In the fall and winter semesters, you will work in a small team for an external agency one day per week during the Credit for Product student placement program. It's a great opportunity to expand your network of employment contacts and gain valuable on-the-job experience. Our partners in this placement program include agencies like the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, conservation authorities, provincial stewardship councils, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, local schools, community groups, and many more.

Examples of Credit for Product projects include:

  • Creating and presenting a detailed report with recommendations on how to develop and maximize recreational and educational usage for a property bequeathed to Havelock township.

  • Analyzing data and making recommendations to Brampton’s Environmental and Planning Advisory Council.

  • Spreading awareness about the Emerald Ash Borer in the County of Peterborough

Success in this program and career field requires:

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

Taking your education up a notch to an Ecosystem Management Technologist, upon graduation you'll qualify for higher-level positions in similar settings and job positions, including: 

  • restoration/conservation of ecosystems
  • habitat assessment
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • ecological research
  • rural and urban planning
  • environmental protection, and others

You can apply for entry to semester one of the Ecosystem Management Technology program and/or semester one of the Ecosystem Management Technician program. The curriculum is the same for the first two years of these programs.

To progress to semester 5 of the Ecosystem Management Technology program you must have successfully completed (and passed) all courses in semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Interested in this program, but not sure about taking it on as a full-time student? Learn about our part-time option here.

College or university graduates may be eligible for advanced standing entry to this program. See the Ecosystem Management Technology - Advanced Standing program for details.

In addition, plan to spend about $475 for books, supplies and field camps.

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.

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.

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