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Environmental Technician
Environmental Technology

Available as a two- or three-year program

We share one planet. Bioremediation techniques can restore contaminated environments and reclaim them for farmland, wildlife habitats and the earth’s increasing population. Choose a career where you can make an impact.


Want to learn more about this program? Join us on Saturday, November 6 for a live Environmental Technician/Technology program webinar via Zoom.

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If you are a domestic full-time student who applies to Loyalist College for a January start program, is accepted, and confirms their offer of admission by December 15, 2021, your name will automatically be entered into a draw to win your tuition, a laptop, and other great prizes that are all part of The Ultimate Student Giveaway.

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This program will be delivered in a hybrid format in the Fall semester. For more information, please visit our Fall Program Delivery page.


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Technologist)

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

Find your career

Everyone’s going green and there have never been so many opportunities to combat environmental contamination through prevention, pollution abatement, waste reduction and public education. Graduates find opportunities:

  • Working within industries to reduce and clean up waste.
  • Conducting environmental investigations and enforcement for government agencies.
  • Monitoring water and wastewater treatment and safe drinking water for municipalities.
  • Providing technical support to consulting engineers, urban and rural planners and environmental consultants.
  • Students acquire skills in assessment of freshwater bodies using Ontario stream assessment protocols (OSAP and OBBN).
  • Grads are prepared for certification in the Ministry of the Environment’s entry-level course for drinking water operators.
  • Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $44,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Environmental Technician, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
  • Soil Tester, Matrix Solutions
  • Environmental Lab Technician, SGS Canada
  • Water and Sewer Plant Operator, Prince Edward County
  • Environmental Technologist, The Greer Galloway Group Inc.
  • Relief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Town of Smiths Falls

Is it for you?

Students who thrive in this program:

  • Are passionate about the environment.
  • Have strong skills in math and science.
  • Enjoy working outdoors.

Experiential learning

Prepare to get your hands dirty! Loyalist offers real-world learning for real-world problems — featuring extensive fieldwork and instruction with technologies of the future in the newly equipped Bay of Quinte Skills Centre:

  • Sample natural environments and analyze environmental contaminants.
  • Get hands-on experience in leading-edge environmental facilities, including well-equipped Field Biology and Instrumentation labs.
  • Understand the underlying social systems that contribute to pollutants in water, soil and air.
  • Learn to apply current legislation under the Environmental Protection Act.
  • Applied project learning and field placements in the second and third years provide practical experience, preparing you for a smooth transition to the workforce with a wide range of skills.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with active, involved instructors who are committed to students’ success.
  • The teaching labs were set up by a program coordinator who brings 15 years of experience as a research geneticist working in three different countries.

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AccessAbility Services 

 The AccessAbility Services team is committed to providing academic supports to students with documented disabilities. Services are free, voluntary and confidential. Given that each student’s needs are unique, services and accommodations in the academic setting are arranged on an individual basis and based on the student’s supporting documentation. Click here for a list of some of the services provided by AccessAbility Services. To register with AccessAbility Services, please complete the AccessAbility Services Application.

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