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Renewable Resource Management

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College

Collecting and interpreting environmental information forms the foundation of natural resource management. Our rigorous two-year diploma program in Renewable Resource Management will provide you with the applied science skills you’ll need to make a career in the sustainable management of natural resources.

Our intensive blend of theory and hands-on practice gives you a comprehensive grounding in fields ranging from zoology and plant taxonomy to statistics, aerial photography interpretation and geographic information systems (GIS). You’ll understand the application of science and be ready to demonstrate your abilities through extensive fieldwork each term. In the field studies, you’ll assess fish populations by gill netting, use telemetry to measure wildlife movements, use GIS to interpret grazing patterns and learn how to apply forest silvicultural practices, among other things.

Our diploma program gives you the tools to build a successful career in the sustainable management of natural resources.


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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years

    Two year program

  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
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 11 chemistry; Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math). Basic computer literacy in the use of the Internet, email, 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): 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.

Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading 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.

SUPPLIES FOR FIELD STUDIES: Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This may include:

  • 30 cm metric steel ruler
  • adequate clothing for cold/wet weather
  • backpack for gear
  • binoculars
  • cooking and eating gear (may be shared)
  • digital camera (standard feature)
  • field equipment vest (recommended)
  • food
  • ground sheet and pad
  • hiking boots
  • orienteering compass
  • safety glasses (3rd year)
  • sunscreen
  • tent may be required (notifcation will be given at orientation)
  • water bottle
  • warm sleeping bag
  • work gloves
  • "write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book

Equipment and supplies may not be required in all courses or terms. Please consult the course outlines for specific equipment required before purchasing. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends. All program field studies require mandatory attendance.

Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore:
• 16X hand lens
• dissection kit
• lab coat
• metric triangular scale with 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, 1:20, and 1:50 graduations
• safety glasses
• “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book

Available from sporting, hardware, and office supply stores:
• 4 GB or higher USB memory stick
• 12 or more coloured pencils (pencil crayons)
• 30 cm metric steel ruler
• binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification)
• chest waders (rubber soled)
• clipboard
• Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw)
• scientific calculator ($15-$30 range)

For additional information concerning supplies, contact the lab coordinator at 403.320.3202, Extension 5594.

Distance Delivery Options

Course(s) may be delivered in a flexible learning format.

Application Deadline

New students are accepted into the Renewable Resource Management two-year diploma program for the Fall term (September) only.

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), University of Regina (SK), Griffith University (Australia)

Updated December 09, 2020. 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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