Online Wildlife and Forestry Conservation Training

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Take your passion for the outdoors and enrol in ICS Canada’s Wildlife/Forestry Conservation online career diploma program. Learn about all aspects of managing wildlife, parks and forests, as well as understanding safety in the field, conservation issues, and wildlife law enforcement. You can complete this forestry training program in as little as six months. And, you can train online - at home or on the go - at a pace that’s right for you.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Wildlife/Forestry Conservation Career Diploma program prepares students for an entry-level position in the field of wildlife and forestry conservation.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to gather data on water and soil quality, disease, insect damage to trees and other plants, and conditions that may pose a fire hazard
  • Recognize how to locate property lines and evaluate forested areas to determine the species, quality, and amount of standing timber
  • Characterize the habits and behaviors of wildlife
  • Identify how to maintain trails, campsites, and other recreational facilities
  • Understand how to patrol forest areas and enforce environmental protection regulations
  • Recognize how to communicate with foresters, scientists, and sometimes the public about ongoing forestry and conservation activities
  • Recognize how to suppress forest fires with fire control activities
  • Understand how to train other forestry workers and coordinate detection programs

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

The Good Life

Behind the scenes; jobs for all ages; government conservation agencies; private industry; your own business.

Instruction Set 2

Wildlife Management: Upland Game Birds

Upland game birds and the wildlife manager; families of upland game birds.

Wildlife Management: Waterfowl

What are waterfowl; identification and natural history; basic biology; management of habitat; management of populations through harvest; monitoring waterfowl populations.

Instruction Set 3

Wildlife Management: Small Mammals, Part 1

Principles of wildlife management; the modern observer; unifying ideas; population principles; habitat principles; operating a species management system: The Raccoon Model.

Wildlife Management: Small Mammals, Part 2

Individual species and groups; multispecies management systems.

Instruction Set 4

Wildlife Management: Large Mammals, Part 1

Introduction to big game; principles of big-game management; population dynamics; harvest management goals; wildlife lands; techniques for improving big-game habitat; big-game management techniques.

Wildlife Management: Large Mammals, Part 2

Carnivores, artiodactyla.

Wildlife Management: Predators

Predator management concepts; the need for predation management; predation prevention techniques; predator management techniques; managing canid predators; managing felid predators; managing mustelid predators; managing omnivorous predators; animal handling and chemical immobilization.

Park Management

The National Park System; recreation and resources; techniques for limiting damage; building a park; managing private/wilderness/campground areas.

Instruction Set 5

Rangelands Management

Rangeland physical characteristics; rangeland vegetation; rangeland livestock on rangelands; conserving soil with farming techniques; terracing; water conservation.

Introduction to Forestry Science

Getting acquainted with the forest; dendrology: the scientific study of trees; forest management; forest technologies; forest products; new directions and technologies in forestry; trees of the forest.

Instruction Set 6

Cold Water Fish Management

Principle cold-water game fish; cold-water fisheries and habitat assessment; fish population assessment; damage to stream fish and their habitats; damage to lake fish and their habitats; cold-water fish management tools.

Warm Water Fish Management

Common warm-water game fish species; management of wild fisheries; techniques used in fish management; careers in fish management.

Aquaculture Science

Aquaculture basics and history; aquatic plants and animals; marketing aquaculture; management practices for finfish; management practices for crustaceans; management practices for alligators, frogs and plants; fundamentals of nutrition in aquaculture; feeds and feeding; health of aquatic animals; water requirements for aquaculture; aquatic structures and equipment; aquaculture business; career opportunities.

Instruction Set 7

International Conservation Issues

The Philippines; New Zealand; Australia; The United Kingdom; The Netherlands; Canada.

Safety in the Field

Planning; gear; data collection; techniques; hazards.

Wildlife Law Enforcement

The role to law enforcement in the conservation field; the Canadian court system; The Canadian constitution; Canada National Parks Act; wildlife law violations; case management; collection and preservation of evidence; skills acquisition and field situations; wildlife enforcement field experience.


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view a Wildlife/Forestry Conservation online sample lesson, click here.

Wildlife/Forestry Conservation Training Details

In ICS Canada’s Wildlife/Forestry Conservation course, you'll cover topics such as:

  • Provincial, territorial, and federal laws protecting wildlife, types of violations, and rights of private citizens
  • Elements involved in forest management, including forest ecology, health issues, and regeneration methods
  • Employment opportunities in wildlife, forest, fish, and park management
Online wildlife forestry ranger training

Wildlife and forestry conservators handle wildlife law enforcement, population management and protection at parks, recreation facilities, and conservation areas. Here are a few qualities that effective wildlife and forestry conservationists have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Eco-Friendly: You are environmentally conscious and enjoy spending time outdoors.
  • Dependable: People, wildlife, and the land you protect rely on you.
  • Cautious: You need to be careful in the field to avoid injuries or accidents.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does this program require previous experience in the forestry and conservation field?

No previous experience is necessary; this program is an excellent introduction to the conservation field.

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