Environmental Resources Technology (Merritt only) Department

Department Head
Darrell Eustache, BNRSc
Darrell Eustache
Sharon McIvor
Mil Juricic
Programs in this Department
Environmental Resource Technology Diploma
Enviromental Resources Technician Certificate

The Nicola Valley is located in the midst of some of BC's most extensive and diverse forest and grassland ecosystems. This land base is the "classroom" from which the Natural Resource Technology (NRT) program is delivered. The program provides training that reflects traditional native ethics of respect and care in the management and protection of forests, grassland, range, fish, wildlife and other wilderness resources. Increasing public and government awareness of environmental issues is creating a demand for trained Natural Resource Technologists who are sensitive to, and understanding of, environmental issues.

The NRT diploma is recognized by the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP) for graduates applying for registration with the ABCFP as Trainee Forest Technologists (TFT). The program is also Nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

Career opportunities exist in:
  • Band/tribal organizations

  • Ministry of Forests

  • Ministry of Land, Air & Water Protection

  • Forest industry

  • Private consulting, self-employment

  • Fishery enhancement organizations

  • For details regarding possible sponsorship programs that may be available to students please contact the department head.

    Natural Resource Technology opportunities are also available through NVIT’s Continuing Education Department.

    Program Admission Requirements
    Grade 12 graduation or equivalent including a 'C' grade minimum in:

  • Applications of Math 11 or Math 050; and,

  • Biology 11 or Biology 050;

  • The Department Head may, in exceptional circumstances, admit applicants who are lacking certain program admission requirements, provided that the applicant can demonstrate s/he has good chance of success in the program.

    NVIT is committed to making education accessible to all people. If you do not meet program requirements please contact the Department Head or a Student Advisor regarding upgrading opportunities to prepare for program entry.

    Many universities, colleges and institutes in the Province may grant transfer credit. For specific course transferability please refer to the BC Council for Admissions and Transfer website. In addition, a block transfer may be applied for with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia if NVIT NRT graduates have maintained a 65% average or higher. Other universities, university colleges and institutes will consider graduates on an individual assessment. Block transfer is generally for one year of credit.

    For more information, contact Paul Willms 250.378.3327 or pwillms@nvit.bc.ca

    Click this link to see a listing of all courses in this department

    For information on transferability, please see the BC Council on Admissions and Transferability