Start Date: September
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Length: 2 Years
Credential: DIPLOMA, WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN
Program Availability: Fall 2023 Term
Wildlife Conservation Technology combines the great outdoors with classroom learning. You will learn about plant and animal ecology, environmental chemistry, map use and analysis, canoe safety, advanced wilderness and remote first aid, and wildlife management.
You will spend many hours in field camps, where you will conduct habitat and night animal surveys, tour parks and wildlife rehabilitation centres, learn about wildlife and human interaction, and much more. You will use your new skills during 160 hours of on-the-job training.
You will take part in songbird banding every year, contributing to the songbird population and migration research on a regional and global scale.
You may also combine this program 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.
This program is located in Charlottetown at our Prince of Wales Campus. Take a virtual tour of the buildings where your classrooms and labs are located.
Centre for Applied Science & Technology
This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.
|Partner Institution||Credential||Details of Agreement|
|Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta||Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management||Graduates will enter Year 3 of a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management. Students take an online soil chemistry course during or prior to the first semester.|
|Royal Roads University, Victoria, B.C.||Bachelor of Science||Graduates receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree, with three additional university level courses: chemistry, math (linear algebra or calculus), and English.|
|University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.||Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation||Graduates receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation degree.|
|University of New Brunswick - Fredericton,
||Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources||Graduates receive up to 63 credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources.|
|University of New Brunswick - Saint John,
||Bachelor of Applied Management||Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.|
Tuition and fees are listed in Canadian dollars. International student fees are due on the first day of class.
|Tuition & Fees||$7,541||$13,391|
|Tuition & Fees||$6,210||$11,960|
|Tuition & Fees||1st Year||2nd Year|
|Health Insurance Fee||$445||$445|
|Fitness Centre Fee||$80||$80|
|1st installment due September 5||$3,741||$4,092|
|2nd installment due January 8||$3,800||$2,118|
|Other Costs||1st Year||2nd Year|
|Materials / Supplies||$85||$85|
|Tuition & Fees||1st Year||2nd Year|
|International Health Fee||$1,195||$1,195|
|Fitness Centre Fee||$80||$80|
|1st installment due September 5||$9,591||$9,842|
|2nd installment due January 8||$3,800||$2,118|
|Other Costs||1st Year||2nd Year|
Please note: some occupations in this field require a Criminal Record Check.
Course Name & Description
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
A foundational course in ecology. Students study animal behaviour, habitats and niches, life histories, and conservation. Also, students explore the relationships among various organisms in ecosystems.
An examination of the parameters of population structure, identification of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and basic genetics. Also, students learn to make field identifications, conduct animal population surveys and assessments.
A survey course of common plants of the local plant communities including bog, dune, forest, roadsides and fields, ponds and saltmarshes. Students experience hands-on plant collection, identification and habitat assessment instruction in a variety of local habitats. Students prepare archival quality plant specimens and present them in the form of a plant collection.
Building on the skills and knowledge gained in Plant Ecology I students learn plant adaptations, plant families, plant anatomy, diseases and winter identification of plants.
A fundamental study of the ecology of freshwater rivers, streams and lakes. Subjects covered are watersheds, streams, lakes, lake types and water quality.
An introduction to the study of zoology and a survey of invertebrates with a focus on field and lab identification of invertebrates commonly encountered by wildlife technicians. This course includes the use and care of microscopes, and the collection and preservation of specimens.
A survey of vertebrates with a focus on their importance from a management perspective. Included in this course are specimen preparation, preservation and vertebrate anatomy and dissection.
Exploration of basic chemistry and chemical processes as they apply to nutrient cycling, soils, climate change, long range transport of atmospheric pollutants, waste management/nutrient enrichment, heavy metals in the environment, toxic organic chemicals/pesticides, and water pollution and purification. Knowledge gained will be applied to aspects of environmental monitoring.
The vital role that communication plays in the science field will be emphasized in this course. The importance of accurate recording of laboratory and field activities as well as the ability to communicate findings to both the scientific and general communities will be stressed.
Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.
Use and practice mapping and navigation skills in the field. Students gather and translate data, prepare maps, and experience how a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) are applied in occupational fields.
This course in mathematics for applied science programs begins with an intensive overview of measurement, emphasizing both metric and imperial units, conversion of simple and derived units, proper treatment of significant digits, and techniques for handling measurement error. Following a review of algebra and Euclidean geometry (including many scientific calculator functions), the course will continue to apply mathematical skills to solve systems of two and three linear equations by means of graphic, algebraic, and determinant methods; derive and graph functions; and utilize factoring techniques to solve fractional and quadratic equations. The course will utilize trigonometric and vector analysis to solve practical problems involving angles in any quadrant, as well as right and oblique triangles. Finally, the relationship between exponents and radicals, and the relationship between exponential and logarithmic functions will be applied to biotic systems.
Exploration of the essentials of statistical collection, analysis, and interpretation. Topics covered include the principles of statistical design, frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, standard normal distributions, linear regression and correlation, and a variety of statistical tests for goodness of fit, differences between means, and identification of outliers. Emphasis will be placed on the use of statistical software for data analysis.
Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.
Students will be trained and certified in safe ATV riding practices.
While dealing with the tools of the forestry trade, particularly chainsaw safety and the physical well being of the worker, the Lesson Plan also covers the mental well being of the worker by covering such areas as harassment and employee rights. The plan begins with intensive classroom instruction and is followed with practical one-on-one, hands-on instruction in the woodlot.
Students receive training and certification in safe boating practices,rules and regulations and will know what they mean and how to apply them in real life situations. Also they will understand and use charts, aids to navigation, and know how to communicate effectively with other pleasure craft operators. They will be prepared for and know how to avoid dangerous situations and how to protect our environment.
Students receive training and certification in Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid, ideal for those participating in wilderness or remote activities within hours or days of advanced medical care. This course will enable participants to have an appreciation for the realities of providing First Aid in a wilderness and remote environment. Emphasis will be on practical skills, decision making, and management of the outdoor environment. Basic First Aid and CPR are included.
Students are trained and certified in aspects of operating a canoe safely.
Students are trained and certified in firearms safety: the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions; basic firearms safety practices; ammunition; operating firearm actions; safe handling and carry procedures; firing techniques and procedures; care of non-restricted firearms; responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms.
The objective of the CABIN Training Program is to provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct nationally standardized freshwater benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring and assessments. Upon completion of this program, participants will be certified to assist CABIN Field Technicians/Program Managers in CABIN protocols.
Students are trained and certified in basic forest fire suppression techniques.
Students are trained and certified in aspects of hunting safety. This includes an online portion and a field day.
Students are trained and certified in backpack electrofishing. The training includes online study and on-site practical training. Topics include: what is electrofishing; why electrofish; wlectrofishing theory; impacts of electrofishing; electrofishing safety guidelines; field procedures and techniques; and recommended standard operating procedures.
Students are trained and certified in safe trapping practices.
On-the-job training provides the student with an opportunity to relate what they have learned in the Wildlife Conservation Technology program to a relevant work environment. Students assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level person in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, students are expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.
Students experience camp life combined with field surveys, tours of parks and wildlife rehabilitation centers, evening and night animal surveys, Global Positioning Systems use, and habitat surveys. Students learn the skills necessary for bonding, living together, team building, work load balancing, survival, camping procedures, maintenance and use of camping equipment, and wildlife/human interaction.
Building on skills and knowledge of camp life combined with wildlife observations, taking particular note of seasonal differences and evening and night animal surveys. Students learn the skills necessary for bonding, living together, team building, work load balancing, survival, camping procedures, maintenance and use of camping equipment, and wildlife/human interaction.
An overview of the policies and legislation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, governing natural resources: fish, wildlife, land and forestry. Students examine jurisdiction, authority, and power, the making of policies and laws, as well as, specific pieces of legislation in Prince Edward Island and Canada.
Students study many aspects of wildlife management. Subject areas to be examined include the capture and tracking of wildlife, assessment of wildlife habitat, and the evolution of wildlife conservation.
A comprehensive course on wildlife management issues and practices. Subject areas include: wildlife population survey techniques, socioeconomic surveys, consumptive and non-consumptive uses of wildlife, and habitat use by wildlife. Students assess an assigned area of habitat and create a comprehensive habitat management plan for the area.
Students learn fish identification techniques, harvesting methods, population assessment, marine mammal and saltwater fish species, and habitat management. In addition, students collect and preserve specimens, conduct surveys, and determine age for various species.
A comprehensive review of the forest industry and forest management. Subject areas examined include: commercial forestry, forestry for wildlife and recreational values, forest pests and diseases, forest harvesting and regeneration, silviculture and holistic forest use. Additionally, students learn about fire as a management tool, fire ecology and forest cruising techniques.
This course builds on skills developed during previous field camps. Students experience camp life combined with field surveys, evening and night animal surveys, Global Positioning Systems use, radiotelemetry, immobilization, and habitat surveys. Students will learn the skills necessary for bonding, living together, team building, work load balancing, survival, camping procedures, maintenance and use of camping equipment, and wildlife/human interaction.
The program exceeded all my expectations! What I loved the most about it was all our outdoor practices and hands-on activities such as bird banding, habitat assessments, and field trips around PEI.
During the program, I completed several certifications like Chainsaw Training, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, and Field Assistant on Aquatic Biomonitoring. These courses are important for future employment opportunities, but are also great experiences.
Carolina, Class of 2021
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