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Wildfire & Integrated

Natural Resources Training

Looking to find your niche in BC’s growing natural resource sector?

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This comprehensive, field-based program introduces participants to a wide variety of possible career paths in natural resources, from Wildland Firefighting to Environmental Monitoring. Covering 17 valuable industry certifications in just 20 weeks, participants will gain skills, support and hands-on experience to launch a fulfilling career in BC’s natural resource industry. This program includes 17 weeks of classroom and field-based training followed by a three-week work placement with a local employer.

Program Details

This program is currently running at full capacity in Cranbrook, Nanaimo, Prince George, Kamloops and Langley. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page to be notified of future intakes in your region.

Participants from the Wildfire & Integrated Natural Resources Training will come out of the program with a variety of valuable skills and up to 17 industry certifications that are highly sought after by employers in the natural resource sector. Expand each section below for details on what will be covered during this 20-week program.

  • Occupational First Aid - Level 3

  • Environmental Monitoring Certificate

  • Silviculture Survey Training

  • Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor – Forest Harvesting and Silviculture

  • Basic Chainsaw Operator

  • Basic Brush Saw Operator

  • Wildland Firefighting (S100, S185, ICS100, S212, S230, S232, S235 )

  • Pesticide Applicator – Agriculture General Certification

  • Canadian Safety Council ATV and UTV Off-Road Vehicle Operation

  • BC Hydro Tree Worker (Green Card)

  • Bear Aware

This course with Stillwater Consulting is an amazing experience for anyone looking to enter the forest or wildfire industries. It solidified my goal to become a Registered Professional Forester and showed me many pathways to gain industry experience along the way. I now have valuable certifications, training on all types of light power equipment, tons of forestry knowledge, and over a dozen fantastic trainers, contacts and references to help further my career.


Basic Silviculture & Wildland Firefighting Training Graduate

Potential Employment Outcomes

This program prepares graduates for a wide range of employment opportunities ranging from (but are not limited to):

  • Wildland Firefighter

  • Silviculture Surveyor

  • Fuels Management

  • Tree Planting & Assessment

  • Junior Forestry or Environmental Technician

  • Recreation Trail Building & Maintenance

  • Environmental Monitor

  • Water Quality Technician

  • Ecosystem Restoration Technician

  • FireSmart Program Worker

Eligibility Requirements

Currently unemployed or underemployed (see definitions)

  • Must live in or surrounding Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Cranbrook, or Langley.

  • Must meet basic EI Eligibility requirements by answering yes to any of the following questions:

    • Are you currently on EI or have you been on EI in the past 5 years?

    • Have you earned more than $2000 of insurable earnings in 5 of the last 10 years (and paid EI premiums on those earnings?)

    • Are you a British Columbia Employment and Assistance client?

Next Steps

Applying for this fully-funded training program is a multi-week process with several steps. The best way to have all your questions answered and start the application process is to complete the form below and then contact WorkBC to discuss your eligibility. You can find your nearest WorkBC Centre here.

Here's what our application process looks like:

  • Connect with WorkBC to determine your eligibility and complete online applications.

  • Complete a guided interview with a WorkBC Case Manager.

  • Complete an interview with Stillwater Consulting staff.

  • Successful interviewees will meet with WorkBC once more to go through final approvals before starting the program.

Additional information:

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