Stewardship Technicians Training Program

A collaborative program between Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University, the Stewardship Technicians Training Program (STTP) provides applied stewardship training for First Nations throughout BC's Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii.

Drawing upon the extensive skills and knowledge of local community members, the program offers industry-recognized certificates and university credits that can be applied toward further studies, and the tangible skills required for working in the growing field of resource stewardship.

STTP supports those interested in or already working as Coastal Guardian Watchmen, fisheries technicians, heritage surveyors, environmental monitors and other resource management field positions. Emphasis is placed on individual and group learning, building on the strengths each participant brings to the group. Instructors with extensive field knowledge teach both classroom and field-based learning. Coordinators are present throughout the program to provide additional support for students.

STTP is now accepting applications for Cohort 3, an adapted, one-year version of the Stewardship Technicians Training Program. Applications are due September 15, 2017.

To be eligible for the program, you must be First Nations from the Central Coast, North Coast or Haida Gwaii, have completed Grade 10, be 19 years or older, and be in good physical condition.

Cohort 3 courses will be delivered November 2017 - March 2018 in Prince Rupert, and will include:

  • Compliance Communications and Resource Monitoring
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Archaeology and Culturally Modified Tree Inventory
  • Intro to Parks and Protected Area Management
  • BCIT Parks Administration Exam
  • Small Marine Motors Servicing and Electrical Systems

Click here for program information, course descriptions and dates.

To apply, please send the following application forms and documents together in one email (using subject line: “Cohort 3 Application”) by September 15, 2017 to:

For more information about Cohort 3, contact Dana Holtby, Training Coordinator, Coastal Stewardship Network (email: or 250-532-2940).

This program is made possible through the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and the in-kind support of the Tula Foundation.