Resource and Environmental Law

Diploma

Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus
Length: 70 weeks

From forestry to tourism, from First Nations to park users—we all enjoy Saskatchewan’s natural resources. There are laws and environmental policies in place to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fisheries, forests and wildlife.

If you want to play an active role in ensuring these laws are respected, Resource and Environmental Law will appeal to you. It’s a career that demands a strong belief in what you’re doing, a good understanding of human behaviour and excellent communication skills.

Our Program

Resource and Environmental Law is a two-year diploma program that specializes in conservation and environmental law enforcement. You’ll develop solid skills in environmental protection, enforcement and investigation. You’ll learn about:

  • Aboriginal resource rights
  • Canadian criminal justice system
  • control tactics
  • courtroom procedures
  • environmental and field investigations
  • environmental legislation and compliance
  • environmental sampling
  • investigative techniques
  • park services and enforcement
  • wildlife and fisheries management

Hands-on learning is key. You’ll augment classroom learning with lab exercises, simulated field investigations, outdoor camps and work experience. You’ll work with trainers from different government agencies, participate in ride-alongs and more.

Get Your Feet Wet and Hands Dirty

Field camps are a popular part of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Natural Resources programs. We have our own outdoor camp on the north side of Candle Lake. You’ll spend three weeks here in the fall learning a variety of skills. You’ll return for winter camp to learn about working in arduous outdoor conditions. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s excellent camp facilities give you first-hand experience working in the outdoors, from learning how to pull boats over for compliance checks in the summer to ice rescue in the winter.

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Because jobs in environmental law enforcement can be physically demanding, we put Resource and Environmental Law students through the same fitness test as new RCMP recruits.

Double Your Diploma

Most courses in your first year are common to both the Resource and Environmental Law and Integrated Resource Management programs. This means you can double your diploma in as little as three years. It’s a great way to increase your career options, while saving on education costs.

Diploma to Degree

Turn your diploma into degree. Resource and Environmental Law grads can transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Resource and Environmental Studies program at First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina or the Bachelor of Arts in Northern Studies or Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (major in Environmental Science or Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management) at the University of Saskatchewan.

Your Career

Resource and Environmental Law graduates can choose from a variety of career options. Work in the field as a conservation officer; environmental protection officer; park warden; or fishery, forestry or wildlife officer. Potential employers include environmental agencies, federal and provincial parks, natural resource companies, First Nation communities, even border services or law enforcement agencies.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): August

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $7,500
Year 2 - $7,000

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a combined minimum 65% average in English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30 (combined), and a minimum of 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or 60% in Foundations of Math 30 or 60% in Pre-Calculus 30*
  • A clear Criminal Record Check
  • English Language Requirement

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • minimum combined average of 60% in Math A30 and Math B30

 

Notes:

  • It is recommended that students entering the program have basic skills in Microsoft Word© and Excel©.
  • For employment purposes, graduates may be required to obtain First Aid certification. Students will be offered the First Aid course FAID 1001 at the beginning of their program.
  • For employment purposes, graduates may be required to perform the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE).

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 75 Elementary Algebra
  • 80 Reading
  • 80 Sentence

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies plus a minimum of 60% in the mathematics requirement

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • credit transfers to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Forest Ecosystem Technology and Integrated Resource Management programs (these three programs include common first-year courses)
  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Arts in Resource and Environmental Studies (BARES Program). This degree program is a collaborative initiative between Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the University of Regina (UR) and the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC); (two and one-half additional years of study are required)

Courses

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COM 106
Scientific Report Writing
2
You will be introduced to scientific research and accessing and incorporating scientific literature. These elements are combined in a research project that will provide you with the opportunity to assemble, synthesize and report your research findings in a technical report format.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ENVR 101
Environmental Science and Technology 1
3
You will examine the natural world scientifically in an attempt to explain how life on earth is sustained. You will review human population development with its increasing resource requirements. You will study sustainable resource management applied to urban and natural environments including associated risks of hazardous materials. You will take a global perspective using objective risk analysis and environmental ethics.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 440
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
EQPT 131
Photography in Resource Management
1
You will study a variety of photographic techniques in resource management and resource enforcement. You will create digital images and videos to be integrated into documentation.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
FORE 102
Introduction to Forestry
2
You will describe forest practices that are common in Saskatchewan. You will describe forest harvesting methods as well as harvest and transportation systems. You will be introduced to the forest regions of Canada while discussing various silviculture practices.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GPS 110
Basics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
4
You will be introduced to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for resource managers. You will gain hands-on experience navigating using handheld GPS receivers. Your studies will include entering GPS data into various Geographic Information Systems (GIS) file formats. Using handheld and survey-grade receivers, you will practice advanced data collection techniques.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MAPS 101
Introduction to Mapping and Compassing
3
Your studies will focus on mapping systems and compassing. You will interpret maps and develop skills in ground and map measurements. You will learn the basics of internet mapping software.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAPS 340
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
RLAW 104
Introduction to Resource Legislation
4
You will describe the creation and construction of legislation, the Summary Offences Procedures Act and the provincial and federal resource protection statutes and regulations. As well, you will be provided an overview of the specific legislation, regulations and policies affecting forestry and natural resources management in Saskatchewan which will help you recognize the principles and theories of resource management and law enforcement.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RSRC 101
Elements of Ecology
1
You will cover the spatial and temporal variation of life. You will explore the factors that influence the distribution of life and the competitive forces that restrict or enhance population growth. You will receive a summary evaluation of human's role in ecosystems.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): RSRC 340
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
RSRC 102
Landscape, Soils and Ecoregions
3
You will be introduced to processes and features that help shape and define the landscape of Saskatchewan. You will learn about fluvial and glacial geomorphologic processes and will be able to describe their associated landforms. This will provide you a foundation for the study of soils, parent material and corresponding vegetation. You will apply your knowledge of geology, soils and vegetation within the integrated context of ecological land classification.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 136
Field Vehicle and Boat Operation Safety
2
You will learn how to operate, maintain, load and unload field vehicles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). You will also learn how to operate motorboats on lakes and rivers. You will become familiar with routine field maintenance, troubleshooting and operation procedures in hazardous conditions. Your studies will help you gain certification from the Canada Safety Council for ATV training and help you prepare to challenge the exam for the National Coast Guard boating certificate.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TAX 100
Plant Taxonomy and Identification
4
You will learn how to identify specific terrestrial and aquatic vegetation by field characteristics and site characteristics.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WORK 127
Work Preparation
3
You will develop skills that allow you to successfully compete for jobs in the fields of resource and environmental law, as well as other related law enforcement careers.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 102
Winter Camp
2
You will participate in a winter camp and apply the principles of snowmobile safety, winter emergency survival techniques and ice-rescue techniques. You will increase your competency for working under arduous conditions while exploring winter ecology in a boreal setting.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
CAMP 305
Winter Aquatic Surveys
1
You will participate in a winter camp and apply the principles of winter water quality and under-ice fish netting techniques. You will increase your competency for working under arduous conditions while exploring winter ecology in a boreal setting.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
FISH 301
Introduction to Limnology
5
You will be introduced to aquatic habitat surveys. You will learn about aquatic ecology and acquire the skills needed to safely sample aquatic habitats and interpret water quality. You will also become familiar with fish anatomy and learn how to identify fish species and aquatic invertebrates inhabiting Saskatchewan waters.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): CAMP 305(concurrent)
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
RLAW 105
Aboriginal Resource Rights
3
You will describe the treaties, Natural Resources Transfer Agreement, Constitution Act 1982 and case law with respect to the special rights of Aboriginal people to the resources.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 106
Park Enforcement
4
You will receive an introduction to park enforcement legislation and procedures. You will also learn radio communication procedures.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): RLAW 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 301
Canadian Criminal Justice
5
You will identify the fundamental principles of the Canadian judicial system, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, trials, appeals and sentencing. You will examine the evolution of law enforcement in Canada with specific reference to the role of law enforcement in resource management.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): RLAW 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 106
Wilderness Survival
1
You will learn the basic survival techniques involving clothing, shelter building, fire, signaling and collecting food and water. You will also learn how to deal with wildlife during dangerous encounters.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 300
Firearm Safety
3
You will study the Government of Canada course developed to meet the mandatory requirements for the acquisition of firearms set out in the Criminal Code of Canada. You will also study the provincial Saskatchewan Association for Firearm Education (SAFE) hunter education course developed to meet the mandatory requirements set out in The Wildlife Act, 1998 for hunters. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to demonstrate basic firearms safety practices, ammunition, parts of firearms, firing techniques and procedures as well as safe storage, display, transportation and handling.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
STAT 122
Introductory Statistics
1
You will be introduced to statistics for the purpose of summarizing and communicating scientific information. Your studies will include distributions of data summarized as to central tendencies and patterns of dispersion as well as point estimates, intervals and graphical representations of data.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WILD 101
Ecology, Biology and Management of Saskatchewan Wildlife
3
You will examine how wildlife populations relate to their environments. You will learn the life history and biology of Saskatchewan big game mammals, upland game birds, waterfowl, non-game wildlife, fish species, as well as threatened and endangered species. You will also learn the management challenges, strategies and goals for these species, and the environmental laws pertaining to threatened and endangered species.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
WILD 301
Wildlife Anatomy and Systematics
4
You will compare the internal and external anatomical features of amphibians, birds and mammals as well as describe necropsy procedures. You will learn how to identify the members of these vertebrate classes that occur in Saskatchewan.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WORK 402
Work Experience
0
You will participate in and report on a minimum six-week work experience in the field of resource and/or environmental law enforcement. The work experience provides you with an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you learned in the classroom.Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 180.0
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 440
Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 402
Natural Resources Field Techniques
3
You will immerse yourself in wildlife management field techniques. You will work through a variety of scenarios to develop tools and techniques for dealing with wildlife. You will develop field skills suitable for resource technicians including how to manage public relations when working with problem wildlife.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
CAMP 413
Resource and Environmental Law Field Techniques
2
You will immerse yourself in boreal field management and resource enforcement techniques. You will demonstrate boating enforcement and trailer towing and unloading techniques. You will also collect evidence, conduct field compliance inspections and enforcement procedures for different game harvesting methods.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
GIS 101
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Managers 1
2
You will achieve a basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and principles. You will learn how to display spatial data, work with tables and create a map layout using ArcGIS for desktop.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): GIS 350, GIS 440
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
NAST 100
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness
2
You will gain an understanding of the diversity and richness of First Nations and Métis cultures, histories and current issues.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 401
Control Tactics
5
Your studies will focus on the principles of dealing with hostility and managing aggressive behaviour. You will learn defensive control tactics. You will also learn the legal authorities and limitations of conservation officers.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): RLAW 104, RLAW 301
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 402
Field Investigations
5
You will describe the reasons and common methods of poaching and an officer's means of detection. You will gain practical experience completing enforcement documents. You will also learn procedures and tactics for conducting patrols, surveillance and high-risk takedowns.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 101(concurrent), RLAW 104, RLAW 301
Equivalent Course(s): RLAW 440
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 404
Gathering Evidence
5
You will gain an understanding of the principles surrounding the continuity of evidence. You will describe proper evidence collection procedures. You will become familiar with using forensic analysis on firearms, tools, blood, hair and fibre. You will also learn procedures for conducting interviews, interrogations and property searches.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 101(concurrent), RLAW 104, RLAW 301
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 403
Safety and Emergencies
3
You will receive health and safety training specific to hazards you may encounter during environmental inspections, enforcement activities and emergency response (including selecting appropriate safety equipment and clothing). You will evaluate incident damage as well as prescribe post incident mitigation.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WILD 302
History and Practice of Wildlife Management
1
You will trace the development of wildlife management in North America and examine the different management eras, concepts and practices from the past to the present. You will be introduced to the work of influential people in wildlife management over the past century.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
WILD 411
Wildlife Mgmt Field Techniques
4
You will demonstrate the fundamental field skills in wildlife damage prevention, data and sample collection, and age/sex determination. You will also demonstrate the ethical capture and handling of wildlife.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 403
Compliance Field Services Camp
2
You will spend a week participating in a variety of lab and field activities including necropsies, resource K-9 demonstrations and the recovery of spent bullets from snow covered fields. You will also tour a provincial park and a National park where you will receive presentations from conservation officers and park wardens on the roles and responsibilities of officers within those parks.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
ENVR 401
Environmental Science and Technology 2
4
You will study pollution prevention and mitigation technology. You will also develop environmental management strategies for agriculture, oilfield, mining and pulp and paper operations.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 441
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ENVR 402
Environmental Sampling
4
You will perform environmental compliance and inspection-related sampling activities. You will develop the skills needed for collecting legal samples of solids, liquid and air.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 442
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
FISH 404
Fisheries Management
4
You will be introduced to fisheries management principles as they apply to protecting fish habitat and fisheries resource utilization. You will become familiar with fish parasites and disease and the steps involved in conducting fish kill investigations. Your studies will also include habitat protection, invasive species, legislation, enforcement and the scientific basis for establishing quotas and limits.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): FISH 446
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PARK 100
Park Services
1
Your studies will focus on the history, development and management framework of Saskatchewan’s park system. You will also learn about procedures for evacuation and re-entry of danger areas as well as search and rescue techniques.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PR 401
Professionalism and Ethics in Law Enforcement
3
You will study essential principles of a professional code of conduct and the importance of developing and maintaining solid ethics.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): PR 441
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 403
Environmental Legislation and Compliance
5
You will describe provincial and federal legislation, and international treaty and its application to specific environmental issues. You will learn how to prepare and perform regulatory site inspections. You will apply compliance measures and documents. Environmental forensics and investigation will be introduced.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 405
Courtroom Procedures
5
Your studies will focus on procedures for preparing and presenting evidence in court. You will identify the principles of burden of proof, the role of a witness and enforcement agencies and their functions. You will learn how to be competent in enforcement procedures and be able to effectively present yourself as an officer during court proceedings.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): RLAW 104, RLAW 301
Equivalent Course(s): RLAW 444
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RLAW 406
Environmental Investigation
2
You will utilize skills obtained in investigation, evidence collection, interviewing witnesses and accused, search and seizure to conduct and document an environmental investigation. You will demonstrate the use of proper safety equipment and collection techniques to investigate a hazardous site.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): RLAW 404
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

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