2 Years - 4 Semesters
Ontario College Diploma
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Start Dates: Sep 2024, Jan 2025
Program Code: 5220


We both can agree, protecting the environment is in our nature. We love sharing that with you! With our campus nestled in Ontario between the largest freshwater lakes in the world and vast diverse forests, the sustainable management of our diverse ecosystem is a big deal.

Through the Natural Environment Technician – Conservation and Management program, you’ll learn to monitor and manage natural resources. Gain career-essential field skills and techniques used to protect our forests, marine ecosystems and land among our region’s resource-based economy.

Plus, through a new partnership with the regional conversation authority, we’ve expanded our outdoor classroom adding more diverse lands to research and apply real-world natural resource management concepts.

Get lost in the program’s practical field training as you navigate and the rugged landscapes of Northern Ontario using the latest mapping tools, canoes, boats, ATV’s and snowmobiles.

This two-year program offers a balance of classwork, field study and placements for a well rounded education.

And have we told you about the Two Plus Two Pathway to Degree option with Algoma University? Students can join us for two years and will only need two more with our partnering University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

You’re not afraid to get a little dirty on the job. And we like that about you!



   Accredited By ECO Canada

Accreditation of our School of Natural Environment programs provides formal validation of our commitment to high-quality education, accountability, and public trust. A program's curriculum is critically analyzed against national occupational standards to ensure it meets environmental industry needs. As of 2023, Natural Environment Technician - Conservation and Management is one of our five programs to be accredited.

The programs have been accredited by the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)  based on conformance with the National Accreditation Standard for Post-secondary Environmental Programs. The accreditation has been granted through the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC), an independent body that oversees ECO Canada’s post-secondary accreditation program.

Learn more about our accreditation >

School of Natural Environment program accreditation for CEAC and ECO Canada logo lockup



ENV411 - 1 Career Readiness
NET102 - 2 Global Environmental Issues
NET205 - 4 Terrestrial Ecosystem Surveys
NET250 - 3 General Entomology
NET255 - 4 Environmental Monitoring
NET256 - 2 Reneweable Energy/Site Development
NRT240 - 2 Natural Resources Law
NET152 - 3 Traditional Ecological Knowledge
GEN110 - 3 Student Selected General Education
Note: *This student-selected general education course code indicates a general-education course is taken in this semester. Students will choose from a selection of courses  (details)  prior to the semester in which the student-selected general education course is to be taken.

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 College English (C) ENG4C, or mature student status. Missing any requirements? Get them for free from Academic Upgrading.

Career Path

The knowledge and skills gained in this program make graduates ideal candidates for jobs in any natural environment field including federal and provincial field research. Career paths for graduates could include employment with Conservation Authorities, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ducks Unlimited, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, Natural Resources Canada, private environmental consulting firms, renewable energy site development companies, natural resource contracting companies, and the forest industry.

Fees & Costs


These fees are for the 2024-2025 academic year (year 1 of study), and are subject to change. Please visit your Student Portal to view your Schedule of Fees.


This is a co-operative education program. Students are required to complete at least one co-op work placement (CWF100) in order to graduate. To prioritize preparing current students and graduates for employment in the natural environment field, a career management course is taken in each semester of the program.

Program Coordinator: Elisa Muto, (705) 759-2554 ext 2464, elisa.muto@saultcollege.ca

Program Coordinator: Ryan Namespetra, (705) 759-2554 ext 2853, ryan.namespetra@saultcollege.ca

September and January intakes are available for this program. Please contact the Registrar`s Office for further information.

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