The Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation programs (IESR) prepares students for the demanding and evolving field of environmental safeguarding, reclamation, and restoration. This program will provide students with a background in theory and practice, including laboratory work and field experiences. Learning from academics, Elders, industry, and community experts, students will learn how environmental science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) are vital in balancing traditional values and the needs of the industry and communities in the continued development of resources.
Graduates of the programs will possess the necessary skills to meet the growing demand for environmental practitioners in such fields as resource development and management, environmental protection, environmental assessment, water management, waste management, environmental research, and environmental education. As Alberta's resource-based economy continues to change, the need for environmental stewards will grow, especially within First Nations communities.
IESR Technician Certificate
The IESR Technician Certificate is a full-time program that prepares students for entry level environmental stewardship and reclamation jobs. The program includes three college preparation courses. Admission to the program requires completion of some high school studies. The IESR Technician Certificate, including three college preparation courses, can be completed in one year, over three semesters (Semester 1: September to December; Semester 2: January to April; Semester 3: May and June).
IESR Technologist Diploma
The IESR Technologist is a full-time program that prepares students for a variety of roles in the environmental stewardship and reclamation industry. Admission to the program requires completion of the IESR Technician Certificate or equivalent. The IESR Technologist Diploma can be completed in two years, over six semesters (Semesters 1 & 4: September to December; Semesters 2 & 5: January to April; Semesters 3 & 6: May and June).