Fleming's Ecosystem Management Technician program highlights a holistic approach to the management of human activity within ecosystems. We will prepare you for an exciting career that can take you where YOU want to go, either in your home community, in a wilderness environment, or across the globe. You will study ecosystem composition, structure and function in wilderness, rural, and urban landscapes, and acquire a broad range of technical skills, as well as the flexibility to adapt to changing job requirements. Throughout this program, you will:
- learn the principles of experimental design and research, and how to apply them to a project of your own
- participate in the monitoring and assessment of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, conduct resource inventories and environmental sampling, and develop plans for the management of public and private landscapes
- conduct field research in partnership with a variety of organizations and analyze data generated by this work
- learn to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to analyze ecosystems at a variety of scales.
Why Choose Fleming
- Ecosystem Management is on the leading edge of resource conservation in the 21st century - the future is now.
- The School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at the Frost Campus encourages small class sizes and provides state-of-the-art technology.
- Dedicated, award-winning faculty provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes region.
- While you learn about ecosystem science and the current techniques of sustainable resources management, you will also develop essential skills in communications, human relations, facilitation, problem solving, dispute resolution, and cultural awareness.
- This combination of skills and knowledge is transferrable on a global scale.
The Ecosystem Management Program provides the student with a 2 week (80 hour) mandatory field placement. This placement is designed to allow you to apply your skills, demonstrate your abilities and obtain valuable work experience that many employers are looking for.
The program has three organized placements. Two international placements in South Africa and in Costa Rica, which enable students to gain a global perspective on conservation. A placement in Moosonee, in northern Ontario, offers the opportunity for students to obtain experience in an Aboriginal community. Students who participate in these organized placement experiences are selected based on a rigorous screening process. Check out a recent student blog and video on the Costa Rican adventure.
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 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.
Aboriginal Emphasis Initiative
Fleming College's Aboriginal Emphasis Initiative is an inclusive approach to providing more understanding of Aboriginal peoples, communities and nations. You will have an opportunity to take courses designed from an Aboriginal perspective with emphasis on Aboriginal peoples, history, spirituality and culture. See the Aboriginal Emphasis Initiative page for courses available in this program.
Is this You?
To help you succeed in this program and career you need:
- the ability to ask questions, solve problems and create sustainable plans
- an interest in understanding how ecosystems and humanity interact
- analytical and creative thinking
- excellent oral and written communication skills
- the ability to work as part of a team
- good organizational ability
- cultural awareness/sensitivity
- excellent interpersonal skills
- volunteer or work experience in such areas as conservation, parks, greenspace projects, public education about the environment, or habitat restoration is an asset.
As a Technician, you'll find work in careers such as:
- resource management technician
- urban forest management
- geomatics technician
- aquatic / terrestrial biologist
- environmental education
- land use planning
- restoration technician
- watershed technician
- environmental consultant, and others.
You'll work for conservation authorities, parks departments, private consulting firms, municipal/provincial/federal governments, non-governmental organizations, First Nations communities, or stewardship organizations. Positions can be found across Canada and around the world. Willingness to relocate for work, and taking the initiative to develop contacts in the field greatly enhances the opportunities available to you.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- 2 College (C) Math courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.
- Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.
If you do not meet the admission requirements for Ecosystem Management Technician, consider the General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option. This pathway program may provide the requirements you need for admission, while you earn credit for first semester of Ecosystem Management Technician.
As an Ecosystem Management student you will be required to:
- Participate in field activities, sometimes in remote areas, including walking up several kilometers over rough terrain, carrying heavy gear, and working in all weather conditions such as rain, deep snow and extreme temperatures.
- Participate in activities that require reading, interpreting and creating maps using Geographic Positioning Systems and Geographic Information System software, topographic paper maps and aerial photographs.
- Identify landscape features, rocks, minerals, soil layers, flora and fauna, including microscopic plankton and invertebrates for the purposes of habitat assessment. Identification of these elements of the ecosystem will be based almost exclusively on live and/or preserved specimens, objects or samples, maps and photographs etc.
- Apply verbal and non-verbal communication techniques in a team context to resolve conflicts and achieve project goals.
Graduates of the Ecosystem Management Technician program may want to consider continuing their education another year to attain the Technologist diploma. You might also want to consider taking one of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs - Applications Specialist, or Cartographic Specialist to enhance your skill set and career opportunities. Alternatively, you can obtain a dual diploma by taking another of our School's Technician programs, and can usually complete the second diploma with just two more semesters of study.
Plan to spend about $925 in the first year and $525 in the second year for the cost of books, supplies and field camps.
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