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Environmental Field Skills – Self-Paced – Feb-June 2023

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NRTG’s Environmental Field Skills program is a curriculum designed to provide people wishing to begin working in the environmental field the necessary skills to enter this workforce. The knowledge and skills presented here are those used in a great variety of environmental disciplines, from vegetation to fish to wildlife to environmental monitoring and are intended to provide you, the student, with a broad understanding of how to measure, monitor, and record environmental conditions. 

This course is a 120-hour training program spread over 10 weeks. Through these 10 weeks, students will spend about one third of the time in on-line learning, one third on field activities, and one third live with an instructor. Upon completion, the students will be familiar with the basic tools used commonly in the environmental field and so have a solid base to then build specific methods and specialized techniques upon as they learn more and more working in the environment.

“I am writing to first, thank you for introducing me to this course. I really appreciate everything that NRTG has to offer. Before this course, I was very nervous and little shy, I couldn’t tell you how far distances: from point a to point b, I never knew what a Clinometer was? This was all new to me, I felt like I was learning a whole new language. After two weeks, I am more outgoing, I was able to ask questions, I feel more confident and comfortable using these tools and techniques out in the field. I still have room to grow and learn, the more practice, the more comfortable I will feel with these tools.” (Jenna Melanson, Nova Scotia, Canada)


Upon completion of this program successful students will know how to, and have some experience, with:

  • Working safely in the field
  • Observing and recording environmental field data
  • Conducting field methods for some of the standard environmental assessments of vegetation, fish, and wildlife
  • Identifying and classifying soils, vegetation, wildlife, and fish
  • Identifying and interpreting environmental field conditions
  • Monitoring construction sites, including erosion and sediment control

This course includes free lifetime admission. Enroll once – come back anytime. This is a great way to upgrade your skills and remain current.


This delivery of Environmental Field Skills has been designed to minimize the equipment requirements by the student. Required equipment to be provided by the student is:

  • A pencil(s) for recording field notes
  • A measuring tape of some form; the longer the better
  • A compass; ideally an orienteering compass with a sighting mirror. The selection of a compass will be discussed during a live session in the course.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear to be outside for several hours at a time in your area
  • A cellular phone which will be used as a camera


  • There are no prerequisites for the Environmental Field Skills program.

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Activities and Grading

In order to receive a certificate for this course you will need to: 

  • Complete the weekly modules
  • Attend the live sessions or view the recording
  • Complete the field activities and upload the assignment for each of Weeks 3, 6, and 9
  • Receive a grade of 60% or greater on the weekly quizzes

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