Fish and Wildlife Technology

Participate in more hands-on fish and wildlife field experiences and related work placements with a third year of study in the Fish and Wildlife Technology program.

Application Process

Students interested in the Fish and Wildlife Technology program are required to enter via the Fish and Wildlife 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.

Program Highlights

Expand your career horizons. Through building on what you've learned in the Fish and Wildlife Technician program, and adding more in-depth studies into the science of fish and wildlife management, you'll be prepared for even greater career success in the field.

You'll take part in more hands-on field experiences and related work placements, training in advanced laboratory techniques, data compilation and analysis, and report writing. An exciting, four-weeks of field placement provides you with the opportunity to further explore your career options - and make valuable employment contacts. Two, week-long field camps in the fall and winter will round out your more intensive experience and extensive skill set.

  • Fleming is the only college in Ontario offering a third year specialization in Fish and Wildlife Technology.
  • Program graduates are eligible for advanced standing into Trent University's Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology or Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Studies and can complete their Honours degree with just two years of study at Trent.
  • Program graduates are eligible for advanced standing entry to Wilfrid Laurier University, Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies and can complete this degree with two years of study.

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

Why Choose Fleming

The Fish and Wildlife Technology program benefits from the expertise and enthusiasm of faculty who have had real-life experience in the field, and from the focus on hands-on, experiential learning. We also help you secure your future, as many employers, such as the Ontario Ministries of the Environment and Natural Resources or private environmental consulting firms, are looking for graduates from this program. Our contacts are a valuable resource in your career development.

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

To further practice your skills and expand your network of employment contacts, you'll take part in a field placement during each semester.

Is this You?

As a Fish and Wildlife Technologist, you should possess:

  • analytical skills
  • strong sciences/maths background
  • problem-solving ability and research skills

Career Opportunities

Like the Fish and Wildlife Technician, you will find work in Canada from coast to coast. You will hold a variety of positions from fish and wildlife technologists to interpreters at fish and wildlife reserves, fishing and hunting guides, and wetland inventory technicians. As a Technologist, you will be able to move into managerial or specialized positions more quickly than with the two-year Technician diploma - as you will have developed a more focused skill set. You'll find work for a variety of organizations, such as government research agencies and ministries, private consulting firms, or environmental management agencies such as Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Admission Process

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

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

Additional Costs

Plan on spending approximately $675 for books, supplies and field camps.

Health Requirements

  • Fish and Wildlife program 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

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