BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Environmental Resources Technology Diploma

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Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Diploma
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September, January

Environmental Resources Technology Diploma

The Environmental Resource Technology diploma is earned with the completion of all courses listed under the Environmental Resources Technician Completion plan and the Environmental Resources Diploma Completion Plan. The Environmental Resource Technology diploma is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time study. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required.

Year two of the program focuses on the various environmental disciplines. Students will take what they learned from first year and apply that knowledge to solve environmental problems. Forest Surveys and Environmental Assessment Surveys integrate year one measurement skills into applications that are important for assessing the land base. Courses in Wildlife, Fisheries, Grasslands, Environmental Planning, Watershed Hydrology, and Timber Development give students the theoretical knowledge needed to design and carry out field studies. Upon completion of year two of the program, students are granted an Environmental Resources Technologist Diploma . This diploma qualifies students to work within a variety of disciplines including forestry, fisheries, wildlife, environmental monitoring, environmental assessment, and working with communities on helping with environmental projects.

For more information, contact Tom Willms at (250)378-3328 or twillms@nvit.bc.ca


Grade 12 graduation or equivalent including a C grade minimum in:

  • Foundations of Math 11 or MATH 057

  •  English Studies 12 or English 12 First Peoples, or English 060

  • Biology 11 or Life Sciences 11 or Biology 050

The Department Head may, in exceptional circumstances, admit applicants who are lacking certain program admission requirements, provided that the applicant can demonstrate s/he has a good chance of succeeding in the program.

NVIT is committed to ensuring education is accessible to all people. Students who do not meet program requirements should contact the Department Head or an NVIT Academic Planner regarding upgrading opportunities.

Year 2 Fall
  • COMM-145 - Public Relations & Communications
  • ENRT-250 - Silviculture
  • ENRT-255 - Timber Development I
  • ENRT-260 - Forest Surveys
  • ENRT-270 - Fisheries Ecology
  • ENRT-271 - Grasslands Ecology
  • Year 2 Spring
  • ENRT-240 - Environmental Planning
  • ENRT-245 - Watershed Hydrology
  • ENRT-257 - Timber Development II
  • ENRT-272 - Forest Ecology
  • ENRT-273 - Wildlife Ecology
  • Course Listing for this program

    COMM-145 - Credits: 3.000
    Public Relations & Communications
    This course is designed to provide the student with the skills to communicate efficiently and effectively with a variety of audiences. Students will be required to solve public relations problems as individuals or in teams and will be encouraged to use critical thinking techniques. Case studies incorporating current controversial issues will be used to debate and develop resolution in ways that demonstrate professionalism and respect for equality and diversity in the workplace. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission/instructor permission
    ENRT-240 - Credits: 5.000
    Environmental Planning
    This course will provide students with the background and tools necessary to ensure multiple resource uses on British Columbia's lands are sustainable. Topics include legislation, regulation and policies for various land uses, land tenures, land use management planning, Ecosystem Stewardship, certification, and consultation, conflict resolution and negotiation processes. Students will also produce a research paper on a local land use issue. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 170 / COMM 145 / COMM 140
    ENRT-245 - Credits: 3.000
    Watershed Hydrology
    In this course students will learn the procedures required to understand water-related problems that may exist in a watershed. They will also learn to recognize water-related implications of development in watersheds. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 170
    ENRT-250 - Credits: 5.000
    This course will apply the basic tree biology and forest ecology to the growing, harvesting and regeneration of trees. Students will apply their knowledge of soils and ecology to ecological classification, site preparation, stocking surveys and planting operations. Field exercises will include planting and regeneration inspections, site assessments and prescriptions and ecosystem mapping. This course will also include such topics as silviculture systems, tree seed collection and processing, direct seeding, nursery practices, intensive silviculture (spacing, pruning, fertilization, etc), tree improvement and ecological impact of forestry practices. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 170
    ENRT-255 - Credits: 5.000
    Timber Development I
    This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to design timber harvesting plans. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to recommend timber harvesting systems for both the coast and interior of British Columbia. Other concepts covered in this course as they relate to timber harvesting will be First Nations values, visual quality objects, sustainable harvest schedules, non timber forest products, soil stability, operational cost analysis and safe work practices. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 165
    ENRT-257 - Credits: 5.000
    Timber Development II
    This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to design and field locate natural resource development roads. Students will be instructed on how to collect data, determine location and recommend construction equipment as it pertains to resource development roads. First Nations values related to access to the land, road maintenance and road deactivation will also be topics covered by this course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 255
    ENRT-260 - Credits: 5.000
    Forest Surveys
    This course is designed to prepare students to assist and eventually take the lead in timber cruising operations. Timber cruising procedures taught will be as described in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Cruising Manual and include both interior and coastal procedures. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 165
    ENRT-270 - Credits: 5.000
    Fisheries Ecology
    This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to carry out such technical skills as classifying streams, identifying common fish species, describing habitat and life cycles of most fish species and collecting data specific to aquatic surveys. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to recommend and apply sustainable management practices as they relate to fishery resources. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 165 / ENRT 170
    ENRT-271 - Credits: 5.000
    Grasslands Ecology
    This course is an introduction to grassland management concentrating on range concepts and plant communities. The course will include range management, short duration grazing, grazing standards, tenures, planning and livestock management and economics. The student will complete range unit plans and a business plan for a cow/calf operation. Field trips and a plant collection will play a large role in the education process. Successful completion of this course may lead to employment as a range technician. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 170
    ENRT-272 - Credits: 5.000
    Forest Ecology
    In this course students will develop a practical working knowledge of living organisms that affect the health of the forest. This course will concentrate on the reasons why the natural and sometime unnatural presence of insects, fungi, noxious plants and vertebrates can adversely affect our management objectives for the forest. Consideration is given to the beneficial roles played by these organisms in the ecosystem and the ways in which these roles can be upset by human intervention. Emphasis will be placed on getting to know how these functions affect forest ecosystems. Emphasis will also be placed on the recognition of existing and potential pest problems in the field. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 170
    ENRT-273 - Credits: 5.000
    Wildlife Ecology
    This course gives an overview of wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) identification and their habitat requirements with special emphasis on maintaining Biodiversity, and managing forest habitat for wildlife in the interior of British Columbia. This course also focuses on population dynamics and habitat assessment of wildlife species with special emphasis on managing diversity of forest habitats for wildlife in the interior of British Columbia. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENRT 170

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2023 (January - April)

  • ENRT-240-01
  • ENRT-245-01
  • ENRT-257-01
  • ENRT-272-01
  • ENRT-273-01

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