Fish and Wildlife Technician (Optional Co-op)

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

January 2019

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
BO
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,206.87 per semester*
International:
$8,004.19 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

September 2019

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 03, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
BO
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time
Complete tuition detail below

If you have a love for the outdoors, a keen interest in fish and wildlife, and a commitment to responsible resource management, then the Fish and Wildlife Technician/Technology program may be for you.

The purpose of fish and wildlife management is to ensure that quality habitat exists in sufficient quantity for wild populations to flourish and, for game species, that they are managed in a sustainable manner. This requires knowledge not only about animals, but about their habitats and how people interact with them. Consequently, fish and wildlife management has evolved into a multidisciplinary science-based profession that takes our graduates in many directions, across Canada and beyond.

Program Highlights

  • The theory and skills required by fish and wildlife professionals are taught through applied learning activities with a significant amount of time doing hands-on work in the lab and field.
  • Third-semester students spend five weeks in field school, focusing on the topics of fisheries, wildlife, terrestrial habitats, wetlands, and freshwater ecology. These field schools introduce new skills such as: boat handling, GPS navigation, fish netting, sampling and tagging, electrofishing, habitat assessment, wetland classification, bird banding, and use of wildlife monitoring technologies. Through these activities, students will work together to collect, analyze and present the data over the remainder of the technician-level education and training.
  • During field excursions you will learn about the logistics involved in the design and implementation of field projects.
  • You will also spend considerable time in the outdoors learning plant, bird and mammal identification skills, tracking animals and conducting wildlife observations in all weather conditions.

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

Optional Co-op

Students entering the program in September may apply to participate in an optional paid co-op. The deadline to apply is Week 9. As space is limited, selection of applicants is competitive and based on the following criteria: 80% grade factor and 20% for a personal statement explaining why you are a good candidate and will be successful in a co-op position. Students must have achieved a 70% (2.5 GPA) average, maintain a 70% average, and pass all classes in order to apply and enrol in the Co-op Option. Students must also submit their resume and copies of certificates, if applicable. Students who are accepted will participate in a Co-op Preparation course, and will do their co-op between semesters 2 and 3. The Co-op Option provides the opportunity to:

  • Integrate classroom learning with work-based learning
  • Explore the variety of careers available in the field
  • Network for future job opportunities
  • The Co-op Option is not available for students who begin the program in January, as they attend classes over the summer.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 4 semesters of study, students participating in the co-op pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

Success Stories

"I have heard employers from as far away as Alberta and California praise the Fleming Fish and Wildlife program and the quality technicians it produces. The program's reputation works in favour of Fleming graduates in the employment selection process."

Chris Nadeau, Program Graduate

Why Choose Fleming

  • Fleming College Fish and Wildlife Technician/Technology graduates have been the number one choice for employers in our industry for many years.
  • Program graduates are eligible for advanced standing entry into many universities and can often complete a degree with two years of study.
  • Fleming is one of only two colleges in the province offering a Fish and Wildlife program, and the only one located in southern Ontario.
  • The comprehensive, challenging training you'll receive in this program, facilitated by faculty with experience in the field, ensures that you will obtain the well-rounded, relevant skills employers are seeking.

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

All students have extensive opportunities to put their education into practice in this program. Lab work, excursions into the field, and the field schools offer you the chance to get hands-on experience.

Is this You?

You love working outdoors and have a commitment to the conservation of fish and wildlife. Experience working or volunteering in an environmental or natural resource-related organization or project is an asset. You should also possess:

  • Analytical skills
  • A good background in high school sciences and maths
  • Willingness to move for work
  • Willingness to work in challenging outdoor situations and weather conditions

Career Opportunities

Fleming College Fish and Wildlife Management Technician/ Technology graduates have been the number one choice for employers in our industry for many years.

Recent graduates are working in such positions as fisheries or wildlife technicians/technologists with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments, such as conservation authorities, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Parks, Environment Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Parks Canada. There are many private sector opportunities as well, such as Bird Studies Canada, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ducks Unlimited, and Delta Waterfowl. And there is work with many private consulting firms across Canada, who are providing services such as wetland inventories, environmental impact studies, small and large mammal monitoring and inventories, and DNA sampling.

In 2017, Eco Canada published a report on careers in fish and wildlife, stating: "The current political environment is driving a positive outlook for FW careers because governments are looking to improve fisheries and wildlife management, conservation, and protection. In addition, the use of technology is reshaping the sub-sector. These, and other factors, will maintain demand for FW skills and knowledge. The FW sub-sector is expected to continue grow at a steady rate until 2024, creating a stable, vibrant, and diverse future for core FW workers."

Pathway Program

If you do not meet the admission requirements for Fish and Wildlife Technician, consider the General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option. This pathway program may provide the requirements you need for admission, while you earn credit for first semester of Fish and Wildlife Technician.

Once you've earned your Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma, you might want to take a third year to earn the Fish and Wildlife Technology diploma. It will open up even more careers for you upon graduation. Graduates of the Fish and Wildlife Technician program may also consider continuing their education in the Ecosystem Management Technician, Environmental Technician or another of our two-year environmental or natural resource sciences diploma programs. In just two more semesters, you can obtain an additional Technician diploma and expand your career opportunities.

Additional Costs

Plan to spend about $1,050 in the first year and $900 in the second year for books, supplies, equipment, and field camps.

Health Requirements

  • Fish and Wildlife 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
  • 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.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Fish and Wildlife Technician (Optional Co-op) must meet the following requirements:

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

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.

Recommended (but not required for admission)

  • Gr 11 or 12 Chemistry is strongly recommended

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.

Tuition 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.

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 below.

Algoma University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 90 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 48 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

Athabasca University

Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information

Lakehead University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
  • Required to attend and successfully complete a 4-week Lakehead University summer transition program
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
  • Required to attend and successfully complete a 4-week Lakehead University summer transition program
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

St. Lawrence College

Requirement
  • See articulation agreement
Transfer Credit
  • 6 out of a 39 course diploma

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

University of Northern British Columbia

Requirement
  • Visit UNBC's Academic Calendar for details
Transfer Credit
  • 37 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information

Wilfrid Laurier University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

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