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Natural Resource Compliance

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
Focusing on the core of conservation enforcement - "bears and bad guys," as one instructor explains - the Natural Resource Compliance program turns the outdoor activities you enjoy into a career you'll love. If you're thinking of a career in conservation enforcement, start in the Natural Resource Compliance program. You'll put in two fast-paced years learning about natural resources and how to detect and investigate natural resource violations through a mixture of lectures, labs and field trips. With our blend of academic and practical learning, you'll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to begin upholding the law and protecting the resources of our beautiful landscape and wildlife..

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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Academic Requirements: In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of the calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies): Grade 11 biology; Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)

Note: Admission is competitive. Competitive marks will be based on the average of grades in Grade 12 math and English and Grade 11 biology. Basic computer literacy in the use of the Internet, e-mail, word processing and fundamental processes of spreadsheets is required for the student to be successful in this program. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering this program.

Special Note(s): EMPLOYABILITY:

  • Natural Resource Law Enforcement Officer positions have specific physical requirements such as vision, hearing and physical fitness. The specific requirements differ with each agency. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that they meet the requirements of the agencies with which they hope to work.
  • Persons with a criminal record may have difficulty competing for jobs as Conservation Enforcement Officers in Canada.
  • Employers often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate to be eligible for seasonal and/ or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term.
  • A number of workshops and short courses sponsored by various agencies are available on evenings and weekends. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions to enhance their credentials for employment.

Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Your Investment: Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

FIELD STUDIES SUPPLIES: Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes: warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad, tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation), back pack for gear, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, work gloves, cooking and eating gear (may be shared), food, binoculars, digital camera (standard feature), orienteering compass, chest waders, field equipment vest (recommended), “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book, water bottle, sunscreen, safety glasses (3rd year), 30 cm metric steel ruler. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends. All program field studies require mandatory attendance.

OTHER REQUIRED SUPPLIES: Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore: Lab coat, safety glasses, Douglas protractor, “write-in-the-rain” field notebook/surveyors’ book, 16X hand lens, dissection kit, metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations. Available from Sporting, Hardware and Office Supply Stores: Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw), clipboard, 4 GB or higher USB memory stick, chest waders, scientific calculator ($15-$30 range), 12 or more coloured pencils (pencil crayons), binoculars (8X40 or 10X50 magnification), 30 cm metric steel ruler.

For additional information concerning lab or field equipment, contact the lab coordinator at 403.320.3202, Extension 5594.

Application Deadline

New students are accepted into the Natural Resource Compliance program for the Fall (September) term only.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,283.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,868.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,250.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Royal Roads University (BC), University of Northern BC (BC)

Updated November 15, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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