Where it Can Take You
Graduates typically work with consulting companies, regulatory agencies and analytical laboratories, government agencies, post-secondary institutions, or are involved in environmental monitoring for industry.
Typical jobs secured by graduates include:
- Wildlife Technologist
- Fisheries Technologist
- Biodiversity Field Technologist
- Environmental Educator
- Conservation Officer
- Museum Technologist
- Laboratory Technologist
- Weed Inspector
- Independant Consultant
What successful grads have to say
Writes Catherine: "Before enrolling at NAIT I was a house painter and working in the paint department at a hardware store. I spent one year in Open Studies at the U of A and decided not to return the next year because I felt that I had not yet found a topic I was passionate about. The summer after school ended I moved to the mountains in Golden, BC for a year. While I was there I developed an interest in hiking and the wildlife in the back country surrounding Golden. After a while, I moved back to Edmonton to try going to school again.
A friend who had graduated from the Biological Sciences – Environmental Sciences, suggested the Biological Sciences program at NAIT and felt that the Renewable Resources program suited my personality and interests well. I looked into the prerequisites for the program and enrolled in NAITs upgrading program in order to qualify for Bio Sci.
Since enrolling in the Biological Sciences – Renewable Resources program I have enjoyed what I have learned as well as the environment. The instructors are not only extremely knowledgeable and qualified; they are willing to go out of their way in order to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.
After graduating I was hired for an applied research study put on by the program to assess the water quality and condition of the Sturgeon River and am enjoying the field work greatly. I have left NAIT feeling confident and passionate about the field of work I have chosen to be in."
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Pre/Post Graduation Affiliation and Certifications
- Alberta Electrofishing Crew Member Certification
- Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association Certification
- Bear Awareness Certification (ASC- Alberta Safety Council Standard)
- Pleasure Craft Operators License (Optional)
- Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) (Optional)
- All Terrain Vehicles Safety (ASC) (Optional)
- Standard First Aid (Optional)
- Stream Crossing Assessment
- Eligible for student membership in ASET (Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists).
Continuing your studies
Graduates will find that universities will grant approximately one year of credit toward a 4 year degree program. The exact amount of credit will vary with both the university and faculty involved.
BSc Degree Program in Environmental Management - Royal Roads University
NAIT Biological Sciences - Renewable Resources program grads with credit in one full year course of a first or second year universit- level or -equivalent math may qualify for admission to the BSc degree program in Environmental Management at Royal Roads.
BSc - University of Alberta
Graduates will receive approximately 51 units of course weight towards
- BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Land Reclamation program, or
- BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Conservation Biology program.
Forest Technology Program - NAIT
Upon completion of the Biological Sciences - Renewable Resources program, there is an opportunity for a maximum of 5 students to transfer directly into the second year of the Forest Technology program. Upon completion of that second year students receive a full diploma in Forest Technology.
Fish and Wildlife Technology or Applied Degree - Lethbridge Community College
Graduates of the Biological Sciences - Renewable Resources program are qualified to enroll in the one year post-diploma certificate in Fish and Wildlife Technology or an Applied Degree in Conservation Enforcement.
BSc in Environmental Science - University of Lethbridge
Graduates who have obtained a two-year diploma in Biological Sciences - Renewable Resources and have achieved a grade point average of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible for entry to the two year post diploma B.Sc. in Environmental Science at University of Lethbridge.
BSc in Wildlife Biology - University of Montana
Graduates may receive up to two years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology (Terrestrial or Aquatic Biology options) from the University of Montana in Missoula. Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the U of M's School of Forestry.
BSc in Natural Resource Management - University of Northern British Columbia
Graduates may receive up to 1.5 years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the UNBC Program Leader of Forestry for degree specializations (Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation).
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