Resource Management Officer Technology

Resource Management Officer Technology

  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo


The Program

This program is designed to prepare students for careers related to the protection and management of Canada’s fisheries, wildlife, and parks resources. The program is supported by an Advisory Committee made up of management and enforcement representatives from the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Provincial Ministry of Environment, BC Parks, Parks Canada, Environment Canada, and from resource user groups. Students are required to participate in a 2-week practicum at an off-campus location in the Fall semester of the second year. Students are also encouraged to seek employment with a resource management and protection agency, or in work related to natural resource enhancement or monitoring, in the summer between first and second year.

RMOT students are assisting various natural resource law enforcement agencies in monitoring illegal activities within the central Vancouver Island area. These patrols allow students first-hand experience in actual field and communication skills required to monitor and report illegal activities. All these activities are closely monitored with appropriate levels of training and coaching from both RMOT instructors and resource officers.

Note: Agencies accepting students on practica may require a criminal record check.

Program Outline

Year 1

Credits

RMOT 151 - (Small Motors)

3

RMOT 191 - (Fisheries Technical Report)

3

RMOT 192 - (Wildlife Technical Report)

3

RMOT 194 - (Resource Acts & Regulations I)

3

RMOT 200 - (B.C. Fisheries)

3

RMOT 201 - (B.C. Wildlife)

3

RMOT 202 - (Introduction to Parks and Protected Areas)

3

RMOT 205 - (Field Skills)

2

BIOL 121 - (Introductory Zoology)

4

ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)

3

FISH 211 - (Life History and Management of Salmonids)

3

MATH 181 - (Intro to Statistics I)

3

Total Credits

36

Year 2

Credits

RMOT 206 - (Habitat Management)

3

RMOT 251 - (Resource Management Seminars)

2

RMOT 271 - (Field Practicum)

2

RMOT 272 - (Fitness, Self Defense, Small Firearms Safety and Practice)

2

RMOT 291 - (Enforcement Project Report I)

3

RMOT 292 - (Enforcement Project Report II)

3

RMOT 294 - (Legal and Investigative Procedures I)

3

RMOT 295 - (Legal and Investigative Procedures II)

3

RMOT 296 - (Court and Administrative Procedures)

3

RMOT 297 - (Wildlife - Human Conflicts)

3

FISH 207 - (Invertebrate Identification & Biology)

3

FRST 256 - (Forest Ecosystems and Hydrology)

3

GEOG 226 - (Introductory Spatial Analysis for the Environmental Sciences)

3

Total Credits

36

Completion Requirements

Grades for individual courses are awarded as described in the Grading Scale section of this Calendar. The program has minimum standards as follows.

  • No more than 3 “C-” grades can be accumulated over the 2-year diploma program.
  • A minimum "C" grade is required for all other diploma courses.
  • Students have a maximum of 3 years in which to complete the diploma program. Students who do not attain satisfactory grades for all courses in the program within the consecutive 3-year period will be withdrawn from the program. They may, however, reapply after one year.
  • Students must complete all program course requirements to the above standards and have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 (“C”) in order to be eligible for graduation.
Updated 
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Admission Requirements

Recommendations for Admission

  • Completion of the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s C.O.R.E. program.
  • Biology 12.
  • Chemistry 11.
  • Mathematics 12.
  • Hands-on computer experience, including skills in MS Windows.

Notes on Admission

  • Good health is essential, as this program includes a standard of physical fitness.
  • Criminal record check may be required by agencies that employ graduates as natural resource officers.
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without grade 12 provided they have completed the minimum course requirements before applying.
  • During the program, students are required to complete Occupational Level I First Aid (or equivalent), in accordance with Worksafe BC requirements.
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment as fishery officers with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as conservation officers with the Conservation Officer Service of the B.C. Ministry of Environment, or as parks officers with provincial and federal ministries. Graduates also work in habitat assessment or monitoring positions, in resource consulting firms, or in fish or wildlife technician positions.

Resource Management Officer Technology diploma program graduates interested in further studies can apply to the Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection degree offered at Vancouver Island University. Please note however that students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.33 (“C+”) in the RMOT diploma program to be eligible to apply to the degree program.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table - 36 credits

Amount

Tuition (36 credits x $144.86 per credit)

5,214.96

Student Activity fee (36 credits x $5.79 per credit)

208.44

Student Services fee (36 credits x $6.4 per credit)

230.40

VIU Students' Union fee (2 semesters x $76.48 per semester)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Books and supplies per year (approximate costs)

2,300.00

Rain gear, boots and waders (approximate costs)

600.00

Field trips (approximate costs)

500.00

Occupational Level I First Aid and Transportation Endorsement (approximate costs)

170.00

Electrofishing course (approximate costs)

125.00

Total

9,776.76

Notes

Other important certificates that may be required are: Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), Restricted Operator's Card for Marine VHF Radios, and Swiftwater Rescue (3–day course), for an approximate cost of $600.00.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table - 36 credits

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (2 semesters x $76.48 per semester)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Books and supplies per year (approximate costs)

2,300.00

Rain gear, boots and waders (approximate costs)

600.00

Field trips (approximate costs)

500.00

Occupational Level I First Aid and Transportation Endorsement (approximate costs)

170.00

Electrofishing course (approximate costs)

125.00

Total

20,111.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

Other important certificates that may be required are: Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), Restricted Operator's Card for Marine VHF Radios, and Swiftwater Rescue (3–day course), for an approximate cost of $600.00.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Friday, September 1, 2017
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