The MENREP gives trainees an overview of critical skills and techniques commonly used in jobs pertaining to natural resources. It focuses on the theory and practice of conservation, management, and applied skills. This offering is designed to enable students to pursue junior positions in natural resource jobs and make an informed selection of the deeper field of study they wish to pursue.
This Microcredential was developed by British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Students receive online education from a mix of instructors and professors from both institutions. It introduces students to the basic skills needed to begin a career in natural resource protection or management, and will demonstrate pathways for advanced training in these areas. Students who complete the microcredential will receive 4.0 unassigned first year SCIE credits at VIU, which can be used as electives in any academic program at VIU. Secondly, it will enable working professionals in adjacent disciplines (e.g. engineering, architecture, development, policy, or governance) to learn the principles of sustainability and the natural world, especially as it pertains to climate change and biodiversity conservation.
Upon completion of this micro-credential, students will:
- Understand what Natural Resources are, and the importance of various types of natural resources to British Columbia
Be able to explain which agencies and levels of government manage mining, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, wildlife, and energy
- Be familiar with the diversity of career pathways that intersect with natural resource and environmental protection, and know what post-secondary training is available to pursue these careers
- Have an introductory-level familiarity with common field techniques and tools used in the environmental industry
Be able to prepare a field notebook, and collect and manage data at a level required of an entry-level employee at an environmental consultancy
- Understand how to read maps, and to use common technology (such as GPS) associated with mapping
Understand what protected areas are, what they are for, how they are managed, and what benefits flow from having them
- Be able to describe how climate change intersects with natural resources in BC
Understand the concept of a “nature based solution to climate change” and the role these play in the path to stabilizing Earth’s climate
- Understand the diverse approaches and ways of knowing associated with natural resources governance
It will introduce students to the basic skills needed to begin a career in natural resource protection or management, and will demonstrate pathways for advanced training in these areas. Second, it will enable working professionals in adjacent disciplines (e.g. engineering, architecture, development, policy, or governance) to learn the principles of sustainability and the natural world, especially as it pertains to climate change and biodiversity conservation.
Program Assistant for Ecological Restoration
BCIT School of Construction and the Environment
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