As a multi-disciplinary program, Environmental Technology has access to wide-ranging resources including lab equipment, a native plant garden and a property in Metchosin that can benefit you during your studies.
The program hub at Lansdowne
One of the busiest places on campus—and one of the most congested—is the Environmental Technology program centre, located in the Fisher building, room 228. This is the program hub, a place to meet and to mentor, to find out what is going on, to collaborate on assignments, to use its resources, to socialize and to recharge. It is open from 8:30 am until late evening, as well as weekends with prior arrangement.
The centre includes a wide range of resources that you can borrow, with an emphasis on BC government and 'fugitive' publications on the main natural resource sectors, particularly forestry, wildlife, fisheries, energy, mining, parks, air and water pollution and solid waste management. These resources are continually being updated and the program welcomes donations.
The centre also includes computers and a printer, a telephone and selected field equipment.
The program has a wide range of equipment to support field exercises. A complete inventory list is available. Some of this gear includes:
- 24-passenger bus
- 15-foot Avon hard-bottom inflatable boat and trailer and a 14-foot boat plus motors and related safety gear
- group camping equipment, including tents, air mattresses, coolers, propane stoves and lanterns
- four map grade Global Positioning Systems with RTDC capability
- GIS systems using ArcInfo/ArcView
- variety of field equipment for sampling, monitoring and inventorying, particularly related to forest and aquatic environments
- digital camera, video camera
Native plant garden
Over the past few years, a native plant garden has been established on the east side of the Wilna Thomas building. Cross-fenced, with a growing diversity of native plants, chip trails and a pond, it provides opportunities for on-site field work—and therapy! Much of the work has been done by volunteer faculty-student work parties and grant-funded students.
You are welcome to get involved, and we are developing an "Adopt a Plot" program, for students to take ownership of a small part of the garden.
Camosun also owns 65 hectares (160 acres) in Metchosin, about a 45-minute drive from the Lansdowne campus. This was a gift from the late owner, Dirk van der Meer, a long-time conservationist.
A conservation covenant on the land deeds that the land remain in its natural state, except for four hectares (10 acres) set aside for intensive use and which currently include the caretaker's home.
The land is essentially second growth forest, with a pond, lake (2 ha./5 acres), several creeks and a diversity of wildlife and vegetation. It offers varied opportunities for fieldwork and has already been the site for four sustainability projects (ENVR 208) and the teaching of field techniques.
Careers for environmental technologists
The following are some of the job types available to graduates from the Environmental Technology program. Employers include government, private sector and NGO (non-governmental organizations). Many graduates have also become successful business owners or are self-employed.
- Data Assistant
- Engineering Assistant
- Environmental Assistant
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Officer
- Environmental Technician
- Environmental Technologist
- Field Technologist
- GIS Assistant
- Lab Technician
- Mapping and Field Assistant and GIS Technician
- Park Ranger, BC Parks
- Planning Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Researcher/Staff Officer, Environmental Audits, Department of National Defence
- Staff Officer
- Stewardship Program Officer
- Sustainability Officer
- Systems Applications Support
- Urban Land-use Researcher
- Water Management Technician
- Water Resource Technician
- Wildlife Technician
In their own words
Anna Colangeli Instructor
With almost 22 years with the college, six of them as ET chair, Anna has been at the forefront of integrating sustainability into teaching and learning – providing an outlet for students to use their creativity to solve real challenges in their community.
Anna has blended her love for gardening, knowledge of composting and passion for student learning into an impressive career at Camosun College. Read more.
Paige de Moissac Alumna
"Sharks have been around for 400 million years, and they're an essential part of the food chain," explains Paige.
"There is a lack of regulations governing our oceans and sharks are being killed off for no reason other than profit. Science plays a big part in ocean conservation, and by better understanding how sharks contribute to the eco-balance, I hope to contribute to a change in public attitude." Read more.