Natural Resources

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Duration: 6 semesters plus 8 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Animal Care & Nature
Certification: Diploma of Technology
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The two year Natural Resources Academy Canada diploma program will prepare students to work in the exciting fields of wildlife, forestry, fisheries, enforcement and environmental consulting. Besides the numerous courses related to animal behaviour, silviculture, ecology and fish management, students will complete several professional development courses. They include canoeing, coastal navigation, firearms safety, and first aid as well as a one-week field camp. At the end of the program, academic and practical training is supplemented with an 8 week work term.

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Program Courses

  • Animal Behaviour and Nutrition
  • Biology
  • Canadian Firearms Safety (Hunter Education)
  • Canadian Firearms Safety (Restricted)
  • Canadian Firearms Safety (Unrestricted)
  • Capture and Control
  • Career Orientation
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Communications
  • Comprehensive Field Research Paper
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Fish and Wildlife Biology
  • Fish and Wildlife Measurements
  • Flat Water Canoeing
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Fire Management
  • Forestry Measurements
  • Geographic Information Systems Concepts
  • Geology
  • Habitat Management
  • Introduction to Natural Resources Management
  • Introduction to Technical Reporting
  • Law Enforcement Acts and Regulations
  • Mapping/Remote Sensing
  • Marine Search and Rescue
  • Officer Safety
  • Parasitology and Necropsy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Environment
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Procedural Law
  • Restricted Radio Operator
  • Safety and Maintenance of Field Equipment
  • Silviculture
  • Spreadsheets
  • Technical Reporting
  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Word Processing
  • Work Term

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Natural Resources program, graduates will be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) with natural resources agencies such as wildlife, forestry, fisheries, and environmental consulting firms. As well, opportunities may arise in public sectors and self-created entrepreneurial activities. A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

  • Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Dept. of Wildlife
  • Dept. of Forest Resource and Agrifoods
  • Water Quality Testing, Alberta
  • Acre Aquatic Center
  • Shannahan’s Security
  • Biggin’s Contracting
  • Timber Survey’s, Alberta
  • Clovelly Golf
  • Canadian Forest Services
  • Placentia Bay Devel. Association
  • River Watch
  • National Parks

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