Stewardship Technicians Training Program

The First Nations Stewardship Technicians Training Program offers the applied skills and knowledge required to work for your Nation in the growing field of resource stewardship, or to broaden your skills and expertise in your current job.

Potential employment opportunities include working as a Coastal Guardian Watchman, fisheries technician, heritage surveyor, or environmental monitor. This training provides university credits that can be applied toward further studies, as well as industry-recognized certificates.

Learning Goals

  • Develop certified field skills in the following: Environmental Monitoring - fish and fish habitat; electro-fishing; water; lands - soils, vegetation, wildlife; and construction sites (Environmental Technicians Certificate – VIU); Archeology and CMT inventory (RISC certification); BC Parks Administration certificate (BCIT exam required to work as BC Park Ranger)
  • Develop knowledge and experience in monitoring environmental compliance, protected area management, and small motor servicing and electrical systems.
  • Improve essential skills applied to the job (writing, reading and computer skills) through one-on-one mentorship/coaching.
  • Earn credits toward VIU certificate and undergraduate programs in Natural Resource Management.

Program Delivery

  • Courses will be delivered in several two-week sessions over two years: Level 1 (October 2016 to March 2017) and Level 2 (September 2017 to March 2018).
  • Each course is five days of applied learning with two modules offered back to back. Delivery will rotate between three locations: Prince Rupert, Masset/Skidegate and Hakai Beach Institute.
  • Tuition fees, learning resources, travel, and accommodations are supported.

Click here for a full list of course descriptions: 2016 Stewardship Technician Courses - Level 1 and Level 2

Admission Requirements and Deadline

  • Eligible participants include unemployed, underemployed, or employed but requiring skills upgrades members, employees and/or residents of First Nations communities on BC’s north and central coast and Haida Gwaii.
  • Participants must have Grade 10 or higher, be 19 years or older, and be in good physical condition.
  • Strong preference will be given to participants who intend to complete all courses in both Level 1 and Level 2.
  • To apply, please submit the following to Elodie Button (

    For more information:
    Contact Elodie Button, Training Coordinator, Coastal Stewardship Network (email: or phone: 250-532-0462).

    We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.