Have you always respected the environment and the fish and wildlife that call it home? Then a career preserving their habitat might be right for you – and it starts in the Renewable Resource Management program.

 

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Overview

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Forget boring classroom lectures. You’ll be trekking out into fields, forests and rivers to study animals and their environment in the Renewable Resource Management program. Focused on biology, this intensive two-year diploma primarily deals with fish and wildlife, and learning how to preserve their habitat for generations to come. And, if you want to continue your education, the program ladders directly into our Ecosystem Management – Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

You’ll be fully engaged in small classes taught by enthusiastic instructors who are recognized experts in the field.

Textbook theory will come to life as you get up close and personal with the Hubbard Collection – one of Canada’s largest collections of full body taxidermy animals – right on campus.

Of course, we’ll also get you out into the fields, forests, mountains, lakes and rivers that will one day be your office. Extensive field exercises will put you in the thick of things, where you’ll gain practical experience assessing fish populations, monitoring the movements of wildlife, interpreting grazing patterns and so much more.

Begin your career in the sustainable management of natural resources today – apply to the Renewable Resource Management program!

Career opportunities

With a comprehensive grounding in the applied science skills needed for this line of work, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of environmental and natural resource management career opportunities, such as:

  • biological technician
  • field research technician
  • environmental technician
  • resource management technician
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma
Transfers:

  • Lethbridge College
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • Athabasca University
  • NAIT
  • Royal Roads University
  • Griffith University, Australia

Delivery Format
Classroom
Learning Environment

Special note about field studies: Students are off campus completing field studies during most of September and April. Due to scheduling conflicts it is extremely difficult to take Year I and Year II courses simultaneously.

Students are advised to complete all Year I courses before proceeding to Year II, and all Year II courses before enrolling in Year III courses (for related post-diploma certificate or degree programs).

In the Fall term, field studies are in September, while in the Winter term, field studies are scheduled in April. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends or on statutory holidays. All program field studies are mandatory.

Students will be expected to complete non-credit environmental field techniques courses as part of the requirement to complete the program. Courses such as bear safety, firearms safety, pleasure craft operator’s card and boat operations will occur as part of field trip season activities. Students will be responsible for the fees associated with these courses. Prior valid training possessed by students will be considered for recognition.

Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1167
3.00
BIO-1168
3.00
GEO-1166
3.00
LAW-1150
3.00
RRM-1197
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • BIO-1167 Botany
  • BIO-1168 Zoology
  • GEO-1166 Physical Geology
  • RRM-1197 Spatial Information Techniques
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1170
3.00
BIO-1172
3.00
ENG-1155
3.00
GEO-1165
3.00
STS-1155
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • BIO-1170 Plant Systematics
  • BIO-1172 Ecology
Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
RRM-2256
3.00
RRM-2258
3.00
RRM-2259
3.00
RRM-2264
3.00
RRM-2298
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • RRM-2256 Rangeland Management
  • RRM-2258 Principles of Wildlife Biology
  • RRM-2259 Principles of Fishery Science
  • RRM-2264 Forest Management
Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
RRM-2252
3.00
RRM-2253
3.00
RRM-2291
3.00
RRM-2293
3.00
RRM-2299
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • RRM-2252 Water Resources
  • RRM-2253 Soil Resources
  • RRM-2291 Wildlife Habitat Management
  • RRM-2293 Fish Habitat Management
  • RRM-2299 Fire Management

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Renewable Resource Management two-year diploma program for the Fall term (September) only.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 11 Biology
  • Grade 11 Chemistry
  • Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)

Basic computer literacy in the use of the internet, email, word processing and fundamental processes of spreadsheets is required for the student to be successful in this program. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering this program.

Employers often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate to be eligible for seasonal and/or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term.

Your investment

Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

Supplies for field studies

Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes:

  • warm sleeping bag
  • ground sheet and pad
  • tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation)
  • back pack for gear
  • adequate clothing for cold/wet weather
  • hiking boots
  • work gloves
  • cooking and eating gear (may be shared)
  • food
  • binoculars
  • digital camera (standard feature)
  • orienteering compass
  • chest waders
  • field equipment vest (recommended)
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

Other required supplies

Available from the Lethbridge College Bookstore:

  • lab coat
  • safety glasses
  • Douglas protractor
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • 16X hand lens
  • dissection kit
  • metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations

Available from sporting, hardware and office supply stores:

  • Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw)
  • clipboard
  • 4 GB or higher USB memory stick
  • chest waders
  • scientific calculator ($15 - $30 range)
  • 12 or more colored pencils (pencil crayons)
  • binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

For additional information concerning lab or field equipment, contact the lab coordinator at 403-320-3202 ext. 5594.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $3,479.00 $1,106.00 $1,986.00
Year 2 $4,590.00 $1,346.00 $978.00

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  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Learn by doing

You'll have your feet on the soil and your hands in the water, exploring, learning and gaining skills that simply cannot be acquired in the classroom.

Out in the wilderness, far from the classroom – that’s where our environmental science students are during field trip season. We provide opportunities for hands-on learning in the field, quite literally. Our location is an ideal gateway to diverse ecosystems. To the west lay the foothills, the Rocky Mountains and Waterton Lakes National Park. To the east lay the Badlands, and all around us, the prairies.

As a student in one of our environmental science programs, you’ll get to experience it all. You’ll have your feet on the soil and your hands in the water, exploring, learning and gaining skills that simply cannot be acquired in the classroom.

When you’re preparing for a career in environmental science, it’s not enough to read from a textbook or stare at a screen. It’s something you need to do. And at Lethbridge College, you’ll get that opportunity.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Fully renovated, fully equipped
Fully renovated, fully equipped

Use research-grade equipment in the Cousins Science Centre.

Fully renovated, fully equipped

Fully renovated in 2007 to remain on the cutting edge of technology and equipment developments for years to come, the Cousins Science Centre houses a level of equipment seldom seen at the college or undergraduate level. Students in our environmental sciences and agriculture sciences programs use research-grade labs and equipment, meaning the researchers of tomorrow learn while using the same equipment they’ll use later in their careers. And yes, you almost do have to be a rocket scientist to understand just what our labs contain, including:

  • a mass spectrometer
  • an atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • infrared autoanalyzers
  • photo-ionization devices
  • and so much more

The building contains 13 labs, eight of which are multifunctional and flexible, and its air system utilizes 33 fume hoods that create negative pressure within the labs for increased safety. The Cousins Science Centre features:

  • three chemistry labs
  • two botany labs with diurnal growth chambers
  • two zoology labs
  • a physics lab
  • a necropsy lab
  • a flume lab
  • a soils room
  • a microbiology suite with two labs and accompanying facilities
  • the Hubbard Wildlife Collection

A hub of collaboration

The Cousins Science Centre isn’t just a state-of-the-art building to study in – it’s a hub of collaboration and hands-on learning. It connects us with all of the other resources we share with industry across southern Alberta, meaning your education is relevant for the workforce of tomorrow. And it’s the starting point of all the field trips and producer visits that you’ll go on as a student in either our Agriculture or Environmental Sciences programs.

Get up close and personal
Get up close and personal

…with some of the most diverse residents of the province.

Get up close and personal

No, we’re not about to put you face-to-face with a live grizzly bear or cougar as part of an identification course, but you will be able to get up close and personal with the full body taxidermy versions.

Lethbridge College is home to one of Canada’s largest collections of full body taxidermy mammals, most of which are native to Alberta. Donated by the family of Alfred Hubbard, the collection provides our students with a 360-degree view of over 100 specimens, including:

  • grizzly
  • cougar
  • bison
  • bobcat
  • pronghorn
  • mountain goat
  • deer
  • wolf
  • black bear
  • badger
  • silver fox
  • lynx
  • several birds of prey

Rather than staring at one image on a page in a textbook, you’ll be able to examine an actual specimen from all angles. It’s a far more engaging way to learn about species and, in our opinion, a far more memorable experience.

Learn from those who have been there, done that

Our environmental science instructors have been there, done that and want you to follow in their footsteps. They have extensive experience and expertise to share, and students aren’t the only ones seeking out their knowledge.

The team for Bushnell’s Trigger Effect, a hunting and fishing show, have also sought out their expertise, specifically creating the Conservation Connection segment on the show to feature our instructors. These experts, who could one day be your instructors, talk on a wide variety of issues related to hunting, conservation, habitat, endangered species, enforcement, fisheries and more. The segment adds an educational element unique to hunting shows and illustrates the extensive knowledge of our instructors and what we’re teaching here at Lethbridge College.

Catch our instructors on the latest season of Bushnell’s Trigger Effect or, better yet, catch them in the classroom.

A program that fits your passion

“I was pointed in that Lethbridge College direction. That was a perfect fit.”

The “Godfather” of our Environmental Sciences program

Buck Cunningham built the college’s widely-respected Environmental Sciences program. Kerry Edwards (Renewable Resource Management 1983), a Conservation Enforcement/Natural Resource Compliance instructor, recalls meeting Cunningham when he first came to campus as a student. “He interviewed every student who came in the door,” Edwards says. “He wanted to make sure the student was the right fit for the program. And he had hired an amazing staff. They were all well-educated and experts in their fields. He had a vision to have this be the best Environmental Sciences program in the country. He definitely laid the foundation for a very strong program.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Colleen Riswold

“I worked for a forestry survey company in northern Alberta, followed by a move to northern B.C. where I worked for a safety education firm until a position with an archaeological firm became available where I was able to fully apply my knowledge and skills acquired through my education at LCC. Upon the arrival of my second child, it was decided that due to the cost of daycare services that I would take an extended leave of absence to raise my children.”

– From Fall 2017 Wider Horizons

Marc Fourrier

“I met my wife Lauren Klaiber, who graduated from LCC in 1985 with a diploma in Rehabilitation Services, in my first year of college. We have been married since 1988 and have two daughters. Natalie is an RN in Medicine Hat, and Jocelyn is a teacher in Foremost. I have worked as a laboratory technician at three different plants since graduating from LCC. I currently work at CF Industries in Medicine Hat, where a large part of my job is government/environmental compliance. My wife, Lauren, has worked at various jobs within the rehabilitation field since graduation. She is currently (and has been for 25 years) the Executive Director of Bridges Family Programs Association, here in Medicine Hat, providing families in need with the help/services they require. We both still keep in touch with a lot of our college friends, and currently have a nephew and niece at Lethbridge College taking Agriculture Technology. We look back fondly on our days at LCC, and the life-changing effect it had on our entire lives!”

– From Fall 2017 Wider Horizons

Karla Guyn

Karla Guyn was named the CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, the first woman to hold the position in the organization’s nearly 80-year history. Earlier this year, she wrote for the organization: “I was one of those lucky kids who knew what they wanted to do from a very young age. I knew I wanted to be a biologist my entire life, and I never deviated from that. Wildlife, conservation and the outdoors had captured my imagination. …[A]s I assume the role of CEO, I accept it with great humility and responsibility. For 78 years Ducks Unlimited Canada has sent a message to the world that we are an organization that leads by example. That provides solutions. That marches steadily forward… We have what it takes, and I couldn’t be more proud to help uphold this legacy.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Maegan Britton

After graduating, Maegan worked for several years as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas industry. She says she now is enjoying her new role as the northeast regional manager for the Saskatchewan Pastures Program.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Michael Jokinen

Michael is an intermediate wildlife biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association and was featured in the Calgary is Awesome website for his “wild” job. He has worked for the ACA for 13 years, first in Blairmore and more recently in Lethbridge. He was a speaker at the Friend of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society where he discussed Alberta’s carnivores and how remote trail cameras are used as a non-invasive way of studying wildlife.

– From Fall 2015 Wider Horizons

André Desrosiers

André works as a game warden in Snow Lake, Manitoba. He worked for eight years as a fisheries technician in Manitoba after graduating in December 1979 and then became a Manitoba natural resource officer in 1988 and never looked back.

– From Winter 2015 Wider Horizons

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