Stewardship Technicians Training Program

A collaborative program between Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University, the Stewardship Technicians Training Program (STTP) provides applied stewardship training for First Nations throughout BC's Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii.

Drawing upon the extensive skills and knowledge of local community members, the program offers industry-recognized certificates and university credits that can be applied toward further studies, and the tangible skills required for working in the growing field of resource stewardship.

STTP supports those interested in or already working as Coastal Guardian Watchmen, fisheries technicians, heritage surveyors, environmental monitors and other resource management field positions. Emphasis is placed on individual and group learning, building on the strengths each participant brings to the group. Instructors with extensive field knowledge teach both classroom and field-based learning. Coordinators are present throughout the program to provide additional support for students.

STTP is delivered for three Cohorts of students (see descriptions below), and includes financial support for tuition fees, learning resources, travel and accommodations.

Cohort 1 – November 2015 to March 2017

These courses were delivered in Prince Rupert, on Calvert Island at the Hakai Institute and in Masset on Haida Gwaii. Students completed the following:

  • 14 University credits primarily in Resource Management
  • Environmental Technician Certificate
  • RISC Certificate
  • Electrofishing Certificate
  • BCIT Parks Administration Exam
  • Indigenous Portfolio

Cohort 2 – October 2016 to March 2018

A series of two-week sessions over two years, involving a combination of classroom and field learning held in Prince Rupert, on Calvert Island at the Hakai Institute and on Haida Gwaii. Click here for full course descriptions.

Students will complete the following:

  • 14 University credits primarily in Resource Management
  • Environmental Technician Certificate
  • RISC Certificate
  • Electrofishing Certificate
  • BCIT Parks Administration Exam
  • Indigenous Portfolio

This program is full and we are no longer accepting applications.

Cohort 3 – November 2017 to March 2018*

Cohort 3 is an adapted, one-year version of the Stewardship Technicians Training Program. Courses will be delivered in Prince Rupert and will include:

  • Compliance Communications and Resource Monitoring
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Archaeology and Culturally Modified Tree Inventory
  • Intro to Parks and Protected Area Management
  • BCIT Parks Administration Exam
  • Small Marine Motors Servicing and Electrical Systems

Click here for program information, course descriptions and dates.

*We will be accepting applications for Cohort 3 starting June 2017 – stay tuned for updates and information about how to apply!

For more information about this and future training programs:
Contact Elodie Button, Training Coordinator, Coastal Stewardship Network (email: elodiecbutton@gmail.com or phone: 250-532-0462).

This program is made possible through the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and the in-kind support of the Tula Foundation.