As a wildlife technician, the great outdoors is your office and your co-workers could be insects, fish, birds, or raccoons!
One day you could be banding birds to monitor the population level. On another, using sophisticated GPS equipment to track an animal’s movements. After that, you’re in the lab testing water samples as part of a study on a particular habitat.
Our wildlife need you because your job is to make sure their habitat remains safe and healthy for them. You’ll be on the lookout for dangers caused by humans, animals, or some other reason. You’ll be ensuring that businesses comply with environmental laws. And you’ll be feeling good that you’re using your skills to help the planet.
Along with having a love of nature, to complete this two-year program, you’ll have to be physically fit: field training labs involve snowshoeing, boating, and hiking over difficult terrain while carrying equipment. If you have concerns about whether you’re up for it, please contact the program instructor.
You may also want to combine this with the Conservation Enforcement program to become a conservation enforcement officer, or use it as a stepping-stone to your Bachelor in Wildlife Conservation degree from UPEI.
The Wildlife Conservation Technology program is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association. All students graduating from this program will receive North America-wide recognition as a Wildlife Technician and will receive a certificate from the accrediting body upon graduation.
|Credential Issued:||Diploma, Wildlife Conservation Technician|
|Minimum passing grade per course:
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Grade 11 or 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
- Grade 11 or 12 academic math, minimum of 65%
- Grade 11 or 12 academic biology, minimum of 65%
- Rabies and Tetanus vaccinations – form to be completed after acceptance (The applicant is responsible for this cost. Please see your Public Health agency for more details)
- Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program
Graduates from this program may find employment with:
- Parks Canada
- Canadian Wildlife Service
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Provincial fish and wildlife agencies
- Natural resource agencies
- Private sector, including industry and consultants
Please note: some occupations in this field require that you pass a police records check.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 2224, NOC 2221.
Open Academic Studies program
Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.
Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.
Tuition & Fees
If you have any questions concerning the Wildlife Conservation Technology program, contact:
- Dwaine Oakley
- Applied Science & Technology Office: (902) 629-4206