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Environmental Technician - Sampling and Monitoring

Available: Not Currently Offered

Program Description

Environmental Technician – Sampling and Monitoring (ESM) is an intensive 16 month diploma program geared to individuals with an interest in environmental sampling, monitoring, data collection and analysis. Graduates of ESM are well rounded environmental practitioners with a wide range of quantitative and qualitative skills making them desirable hires in the diverse environmental sector.

The core of the program is dedicated to experiential learning in the field, utilizing Seneca’s 700–acre living laboratory on the provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine. The property allows for extensive monitoring and sampling activities (soil, air and water) that reflects real environmental projects.

You will be well versed in field skills (terrestrial/aquatic ecology and identification), as well as laboratory skills (chemistry, hydrology and toxicology). The program has a critical focus on ecological methods deemed necessary by employers today. You will have the opportunity to work towards multiple industry certifications and are provided with networking opportunities through our industry partners.

This program utilizes both Newnham and King campuses and you will be expected to secure your own transportation.

Pathways exist to other programs such as Environmental Technology and Project Management – Environmental among others.

Outdoor Skills Development

Skills such as canoeing, hiking, navigation, field safety, group management, backcountry travel and first aid are a priority in the program. During semester two, you will participate in the mandatory Outdoor Skills Development (OSD) workshop, a week–long immersion study in outdoor techniques and skills. The workshop includes an overnight woodland experience.

In semester four, you will have the option of choosing to fulfil some of your final program evaluations in the field during a week–long trip. In this week, you will choose an area of specialization and plan, execute and report on a sampling or monitor project of your own design.



4 Semesters (16 Months Consecutive)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Take your love of the outdoors to the next level. Turn your passion for the environment into a responsible and sustainable career. Your hands-on training will make you field–ready for a number of entry-level positions including environmental technician, environmental specialist, junior environmental scientist, field technician (air/ water/soil) and environmental co-ordinator. Numerous other opportunities exist within the fields of natural science research, stewardship and public education. Find work with government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal), conservation authorities, environmental consulting firms, non-profit organizations and organizations dedicated to environmental education and public outreach.


ESM lectures are held primarily at Newnham Campus with fieldwork focused at King Campus. Some field days are scheduled in the winter term with the majority of fieldwork occurring in spring, summer, and to a lesser extent the fall. Transportation to both King and Newnham campuses for scheduled classes is the responsibility of the ESM student. A Seneca shuttle bus runs between campuses from September to April, please see the shuttle bus schedule, and may run in the spring and summer months depending on college scheduling. Please also visit Seneca`s transportation options page for more information.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Students who do not meet these requirements may be given an alternate offer for the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals certificate program.

Program Costs


Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Angelie Ramirez 416.491.5050 ext. 22058

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Mahipal Jadeja 416.491.5050 ext. 26380

Program Chair

Ken Ellis 416.491.5050 ext. 22250

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network