Objectifs du programme

The aim of the Natural Environment Technology program is to prepare students to practise the occupation of natural environment technician mainly in the fields of land use planning; rational natural resource use and development; and interpretation, information, education, protection, monitoring, restoration and conservation of the natural environment. In this program of study, the term “natural environment” includes terrestrial, aquatic and wetland ecosystems and the resources derived from water, air, soil, vegetation and wildlife.

The work of a natural environment technician is performed with a view to sustainable development. This is best achieved through the integrated management of an area’s diverse natural components. Such an approach takes into account the many different functions, resources and users of the area concerned, along with the criteria for sustainable development, when selecting scenarios for its development. To do this, natural environment technicians must broaden their field of investigation, work in partnership, gather a variety of data and master the techniques required to manage the area’s resources and habitats.

Specialization A: Forest Resource Management

Forest resource management technicians collaborate in forest resource development and perform various tasks relating to the management, planning, conservation, research and sustainable use of forest resources. They are called on to participate in preparing management plans and reports, coordinating and controlling silvicultural work, planning timber harvesting and transportation, planning infrastructure construction and maintenance work, carrying out forest and environmental inventories, supervising the production of plans for forest resource use, participating in forestry research, mapping forests and helping to protect forests.

Specialization B: Wildlife Management

The work of wildlife management technicians is associated with the harvesting and management of terrestrial, avian and aquatic wildlife resources. Among other things, they may be asked to monitor population and habitats in different environments, play a role in preparing plans for wildlife conservation, management and development, carry out habitat and wildlife resource management activities, monitor resource harvesting activities, design projects, take part in research, manage projects and educate users of the environment.

Specialization C: Natural Heritage Management and Interpretation

Natural heritage management and interpretation technicians work in the field of ecotourism, and perform activities involving natural and cultural heritage management and the development and presentation of heritage activities. They may also be involved in natural environmental research, management, planning and conservation work. In addition, they may carry out inventories of biological, physical and socio-cultural resources, conduct site characterizations for heritage development through management and interpretation activities, produce interpretation materials and equipment, promote and present interpretation activities, ensure that materials and equipment are functional, manage projects involving the development of a natural and cultural heritage site, develop ecotourism infrastructures and enforce current regulations at heritage sites.

Specialization D: Environmental Protection

The work of environmental protection technicians is associated with impact assessment studies, site characterization, waste management, decontamination and the implementation of measures to restore, mitigate and protect the environment. They must demonstrate a constant concern for environmental laws and regulations. Among other things, they may be asked to carry out natural or disturbed environment characterizations for diagnostic purposes, propose interventions, apply monitoring programs, provide technical support for environmental protection initiatives, communicate with various stakeholders, ensure that technical gear is available and in working order, manage inventory projects and environmental interventions, respond to complaints and write reports.

Durée de la formation

Option Spécifique (heures) Totale (heures)
A - Forest Resource Management 2040 2700
B - Wildlife Management 2040 2700
C - Natural Heritage Management and Interpretation 2040 2700
D - Environmental Protection 2040 2700

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.

Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Contenu du programme

Numéro ou code Énoncé de la compétence
0200 Analyze the occupation
0201 Manage an intervention project in the natural environment
0202 Inventory the abiotic components of a natural environment
0203 Inventory the vegetation component of a natural environment
0204 Inventory the terrestrial and avian wildlife component of a natural environment
0205 Make connections between the biotic and abiotic components of a natural environment using an ecosystem-based approach
0206 Address a land-use planning problem from a sustainable development perspective
043M Process mapping information
043S Work in isolated, rustic conditions in the natural environment
044E Convey scientific information
044N Apply health and safety measures
044S Act within the legal and ethical parameters of the field

Specialization A - Forest Resource Management

Numéro ou code Énoncé de la compétence
00KR Manage stocks of felled wood
00KT Classify a forest site
00KU Map a forest area
00KW Inventory a forest area
00KY Carry out silvicultural work prior to harvesting
00L0 Supervise pre-commercial and rehabilitation work in an area
00L3 Coordinate infrastructure-related work
00L4 Coordinate timber harvesting work
0207 Carry out forest protection activities
0208 Participate in developing and monitoring management plans
Number of hours alloted to specific training: 2040

Specialization B - Wildlife Management

Numéro ou code Énoncé de la compétence
0209 Inventory the aquatic wildlife component of a natural environment
020A Detect the presence of anomalies among wildlife species
020B Evaluate the population of a wildlife species in a natural environment
020C Manage the population of a wildlife species in a natural environment
020D Manage a habitat
020E Monitor the management of a wildlife species population and its habitat
020F Prepare a comprehensive wildlife management plan
Number of hours alloted to specific training: 2040

Specialization C - Natural Heritage Management and Interpretation

Numéro ou code Énoncé de la compétence
0209 Inventory the aquatic wildlife component of a natural environment
020G Inventory the cultural heritage of a given site
020H Draw up a profile of potential users
020J Design and structure an interpretation activity
020K Produce interpretative materials
020L Manage and maintain ecotourism infrastructures
020M Promote activities relating to heritage facilities
020N Present an interpretation activity
020P Conduct a site characterization for the purpose of heritage development
020Q Plan heritage management and interpretation activities for a particular site
Number of hours alloted to specific training: 2040

Specialization D - Environmental Protection

Numéro ou code Énoncé de la compétence
01TN Implement means of control and treatment processes
0209 Inventory the aquatic wildlife component of a natural environment
020R Carry out a natural or disturbed environment characterization
020S Propose intervention and monitoring measures for environmental protection
020T Provide technical support for environmental protection
020U Apply waste treatment measures
044C Carry out laboratory analyses
044F Analyze how micro-organisms live in and adapt to their environment
Number of hours alloted to specific training: 2040

Conditions d'admission et préalables

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

Must have passed the following secondary-level course(s):

• Sec. IV EST or SE – Secondary IV Environmental Science and Technology (558404) or Science and the Environment (558402)

Organismes scolaires offrant le programme

Collège J/S
Cégep de St-Félicien - Centre d'Études Collégiales à Chibougamau J Plus d'info 

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