Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation

The Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation program prepares students for the demanding and evolving field of environmental safeguarding, reclamation, and restoration.

Program Details

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. 


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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).

Admission requirements

Admission to the IESR Technician Certificate

1. All applicants must complete a competency test in Math and English.
2. Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, including English 30-1 or English 30-2, Pure Mathematics 30, or equivalence to these courses, with grades of 65% or better, for admission to the program. University and college course credits are accepted as equivalent to a high school diploma. 
3. Applicants may also enter through Mature Student Status defined as follows:

  1. Minimum age of twenty-one
  2. Successful completion of a Skills Appraisal Test in Math and English.
4. Applicants may also enter with special permission from the Dean, but will be required to take nine credits or preparation courses in mathematics, communication, and science. 

Admission to the IESR Technologist

1. All applicants must complete a competency test in Math and English.

2. All applicants must have successfully completed the IESR Technician Certificate or equivalent. 


University Transfer

The IESR programs offers university transfer courses and block transfers in partial completion of a science or environmental degree.


1. Athabasca University (Bachelor of Science)

2. Concordia University of Edmonton (Bachelor of Science)

3. Thompson Rivers University (Bachelor of Technology)

4. MacEwan University (Bachelor of Science)

5. Mount Royal University (Bachelor of Science)

6. Trinity Western University (Bachelor of Science)


Transfer options may also be available at other post-secondary institutions where credits from Yellowhead Tribal College programs are evaluated on an individual basis. Interested students should contact the post-secondary institute of their choice for more information.

Courses offered in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation program