Environmental Sciences

Applied Skills - Overview

Students measuring stream flow in the Battle River
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Above is an example of applied skills students learn in environmental sciences. A two-part fall lab on the Battle River has two purposes:  collect water depth and velocity data, plus survey to estimate the river's bankfull discharge. It's part of a common 2nd year course in watersheds. See the complete fall field lab on the Battle River slideshow.
Bachelor of Applied Science: Environmental Management
Add to your skill set depending on your major

Reclamation and Remediation:
  • remediate sites with contaminated soils and groundwater
  • manage reclamation and remediation projects
  • conduct phase 1, 2, and 3 environmental site assessments
  • write scientific and technical consulting reports
  • review case studies in project management and site remediation and reclamation
Monitoring and Environmental Protection:
  • manage and monitor water and wastewater in industry
  • monitor air emissions and air quality
  • conduct environmental compliance inspections on industrial sites
  • write scientific and technical consulting reports
  • conduct environmental sampling to meet QA/QC standards
Environmental Sciences Diploma: Conservation and Restoration Ecology Major

Applied Skills in CARE

You'll master a minimum of 30 applied skills while you're in the CARE program.
  • plant identification and keying
  • restoration techniques
  • ecological inventories
  • weed management techniques
  • soil classification    
  • soil reclamation strategies
  • ecological field sampling
  • weed identification
  • air photo interpretation
  • map reading
  • aquatic sampling
  • cumulative effects assessments
  • data collection techniques
  • spreadsheet writing
  • report writing
  • mammal, bird, and amphibian identification
  • wetland restoration practices
  • terrestrial and aquatic habitat classification 
  • range and riparian health inventories
  • riparian health assessments
  • soil conservation and erosion control techniques  
  • forest measurement techniques
  • ecosystem management strategies
  • urban conservation planning
  • arc view GIS
  • land use planning techniques
  • environmental field reports
  • chemical analysis
  • database use
  • statistical literacy
  • technical writing
Environmental Sciences Diploma: Environmental Conservation and Reclamation Major
ECR applied skill include the following: 
  • phase I and II site assessments
  • revegetation techniques
  • wellsite reclamation criteria
  • risk assessment
  • soil fertility
  • soil conservation techniques
  • soil identification and classification
  • soil reclamation strategies
  • drilling waste management
  • arc view GIS and GPS 
  • map reading and aerial photography interpretation 
  • chemical analysis 
  • plant identification and keying 
  • weed identification and management techniques 
  • range ecology and health assessments 
  • ecological plant inventories and Sampling 
  • forest measurement techniques 
  • pesticide applicator certification
  • database use and spreadsheet applications
  • statistical literacy
  • technical writing  and communication
Environmental Sciences Diploma: Water Conservation and Management Major
Be job-ready with employable skills built on all of the applied skills you'll learn in the water conservation & management program. This includes using:
  • field surveys with sampling and monitoring plans to assess surface water, ground water, aquatic habitats and soil quality
  • wetland classification andd elineation, wetland hydrology, riparian health asessment
  • best field practices to prevent harmful changes to aquatic and wildlife habitats, and riparian areas from industrial, oil and gas and other resource development activities
  • indentifying aquatic organisms, soils and plants to determine pre and post disturbance site conditions
  • advanced techniques in Phase 1 and 2 site assessments for upstream oil and gas, commercial and industrial settings
  • introduction to Phase 3 assessment
  • remediation field practices to return impacted sites to acceptable condition
  • environmental regulations for land and water protection and conservation
See the following table for details. 


Applied Skills

Field Certificates
  • Spill Response
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Boat Operation
  • ATV
  • First Aid and AED
  • H2S Alive
 Surface & ground water
  • best field practices when working around water
  • stream reach selection and streamflow measurement
  • river profile surveying
  • stream classification
  • interpretation and construction of bathymetric maps
  • surface and ground water quality sampling and analysis
  • estimation of hydraulic conductivity using slug test and permeameter
  • monitoring well network surveying
  • monitoring well installation and development​
 Wetlands water systems
  •  wetlands hydrology
  • riparian health assessment
  • wetlands classification
  • wetlands ecology
  • wetlands policies
  • wetlands management
Aquatic & wildlife habitat protection
  • identification and classification of aquatic organisms
  • aquatic habitat baseline and impact assessment
  • stream crossing (bridge, culvert) assessment
  • wetland delineation and classification
  • wetland hydrology
  • sediment and erosion control methods
  • riparian health assessments
  • biological diversity monitoring data collection protocols
  • biological toxicity testing
  • watershed cumulative effects
  • site selection for sampling and monitoring
 Site assessment & remediation
  • phase I and II site assessments
  • introduction to phase III site assessment
  • borehole drilling and soil logging
  • universal soil classification system
  • remediation field practices
  • principles of risk assessment
Solid waste and waste water management
  • wastewater treatment
  • municipal waste management
  • industrial and hazardous waste management
  • drilling waste management
 GPS, GIS and field surveys
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • interpreting aerial photos
  • GPS and compass use for navigation
  • reading and interpreting topographic maps and coordinate systems
  • geomatic surveying and compass use for field mapping
 Vegetation & soil conservation
  • soil identification and classification
  • soil monitoring and assessment methods
  • plant identification, keying and inventories
  • software data management techniques
  • spreadsheets
  • how to read and interpret environmental laws and regulations
  • best management practices for industrial activities that affect the environment
  • technical writing and communications
Environmental Sciences Diploma: Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Major
  • aerial photo interpretation
  • aquatic invertebrate identification
  • Arc GIS mapping 
  • ATV & snowmobile operation
  • bird identification & songs
  • chainsaw safety
  • electro-fishing
  • fish sampling techniques
  • GPS data collection
  • map interpretation
  • motor boat operation
  • orienteering
  • plant identification
  • radio telemetry
  • small engine repair
  • soil classification
  • timber cruising
  • water sampling
  • wildlife & fisheries identification
  • wildlife sampling techniques
  • wilderness first aid
  • wilderness survival

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