This program trains individuals to work as natural environment technicians, notably with relation to the development and rational use of resources as well as development, interpretation, information, education, protection, surveillance, restoration and conservation as it relates to the natural environment. The natural environment is here defined as including land, aquatic and wetland ecosystems within a specific territory as well as any and all resources related to water, soil, flora and fauna.
Heritage management technicians work in the area of ecotourism and are involved in activities related to the development of natural and cultural heritage as well as the development and hosting of activities of said heritage. They also collaborate in research, planning and the conservation of the natural environement. These technicians are called upon to conduct inventories of biological, physical and socio-cultural resources; characterize sites for the purposes of promoting heritage through development interpretation activities; produce interpretation material and equipment; promote and host interpretation activities; ensure the proper functioning of material and equipment used; manage natural and culture heritage promotion projects for a given site; develop ecotourism infrastructures and ensure regulations are respected on site.
With regards to sustainable development, the job of these technicians is to promote awareness and ensure that the public understands the connection between being granted access to a given site and respecting the site’s integrity. Over and above increasing public awareness, heritage management technicians use interpretation activities to encourage individuals to personally commit to sustainable development.
In addition to Heritage Management, there are three other specializations described on the previous and following pages: Specialization A, Forest Resource Management; Specialization B, Wildlife Management and Specialization D, Environment Protection.