Environmental Field Skills Program NA April 2024

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NRTG’s Environmental Field Skills program is a curriculum designed to provide those 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 wide variety of environmental disciplines, from vegetation studies 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, offered through Career Choice, 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 student will be familiar with the basic tools and techniques commonly used in the environmental field and so have a solid base from which to explore and learn more sophisticated methods. The skills and techniques learned here are those wanted by employers for field workers in the environmental disciplines.

“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 a little shy. I couldn’t tell you how far distances from point “a” to point “b” were. 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 was more outgoing, was able to ask questions, and felt more confident and comfortable using these tools and techniques out in the field. I still have room to grow and learn. But I know the more practice I have, the more comfortable I will feel with these tools.”

Jenna Melanson, Nova Scotia, Canada


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

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

The Amazon Career Choice Environmental Field Skills program includes free lifetime admission. Enroll once – come back anytime. This is a great way to upgrade your skills and remain current. 


The Career Choice delivery of Environmental Field Skills has been designed to minimize the equipment needed by the student. Required equipment includes:

  • A pencil(s) and notebook for recording field notes 
  • A measuring tape of some form; the longer the better 
  • 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 and possibly with tool-specific apps. 


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

Course FAQs

Requirements for Successful Program Completion

To successfully complete the Amazon Career Choice Environmental Field Skills Program, the student must complete all of the weekly online modules.

Completion of the online modules will allow you to receive certification. But to get the most from this training, and set yourself up best for seeking employment afterward, we strongly recommend you complete as many of the field assignments as you can and also attend the live sessions. 

Field Assignments

These assignments are optional for students to complete and they are not graded.

There are four field assignments assigned through the program, in Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8. These assignments are composed of a series of exercises elaborating upon and reinforcing skills and concepts from the online material. They are intended for those students that wish to develop a deeper understanding and practice with the skills discussed in the course. Each assignment is submitted to NRTG and the student will be provided comments back on their completion of the exercises and suggestions for improvement. These comments come from working professionals very familiar with current requirements in the workforce. This is your opportunity to practice your skills and receive feedback on how to improve in order to impress a future employer.

Live Sessions

Twice each week during the duration of the program there are scheduled live sessions. In these two instructors will provide you additional information to that presented online in order to give you more tools and skills than what you see online. These live sessions are also for you to bring questions about anything environmental work or Environmental Field Skills course related. The sessions give you access to several working professionals who may then be able to help you when it comes time to look for work. We strongly urge you to attend these sessions not only to ensure complete understanding of the material but also to network and make connections with instructors deeply embedded in the environmental world. 

In addition, once each week of Weeks 2 to 7 there will be a Question-and Answer session in which you can drop in and ask an instructor any questions or just discuss environmental work and course material. During Weeks 8-10 these Q&A sessions are replaced with instruction sessions on resume writing and job search strategies. 

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