Wildlife Conservation Technology

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Wildlife Conservation Technician
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic biology, minimum of 65%
  • Rabies and Tetanus vaccinations – form to be completed after acceptance. The applicant is responsible for this cost. Please see your Public Health agency for more details
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,788 $ 4,082
Lab Fee $ 200 $ 200
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410 $ 410
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Grad Fee   $ 90
Additional Courses $ 845 $ 370
Total $ 6,491 $ 5,400
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,218 $ 3,512
2ndinstallment due January 7 $ 3,273 $ 1,923
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 400 $ 400
Materials/Supplies $ 85 $ 85
Equipment $ 200 $ 200
Pleasure Craft Operator/Hunter Education Course $85  
Total $ 770 $ 685

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Parks Canada
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Provincial fish and wildlife agencies
  • Natural resource agencies
  • Private sector, including industry and consultants

Please note: some occupations in this field require that you pass a police record check.

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

Wildlife Conservation Technology combines the great outdoors with classroom learning. You will learn about plant and animal ecology, environmental chemistry, map use and analysis, canoe safety, advanced wilderness and remote first aid, and wildlife management. You will spend many hours in field camps, where you will conduct habitat and night animal surveys, tour parks and wildlife rehabilitation centres, learn about wildlife and human interaction, and much more. You will use your new skills during 160 hours of on the job training.

Students take part in songbird banding every year, contributing to songbird population and migration research on a regional and global scale.

You may also combine this program with the Conservation Enforcement program to become a conservation enforcement officer, or use it as a stepping-stone to your Bachelor in Wildlife Conservation degree from UPEI.

The Wildlife Conservation Technology program is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association. All students graduating from this program will receive North America-wide recognition as a Wildlife Technician and will receive a certificate from the accrediting body upon graduation.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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