Renewable Resources Management

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Our land. Our resources. Our future.

Preserve northern wildlife, land, water, and communities through sustainable management and stewardship of renewable resources.

Program Description

Renewable resources include the living portions of the natural world such as plants and animals as well as non-living resources such as air and water. Managing these resources so they are sustainable for future generations is a critical mission. Achieving this task involves a balancing act so that we can meet society’s present needs without harming the resource base for the future.

Students receive a Diploma of Renewable Resources Management (RRMT) after successfully completing a total of 22 academic courses over a two-year period as well as non-credit courses in Winter Travel and Survival, Wilderness First Aid and Firearms Safety. Most of these courses are delivered in a classroom setting with an emphasis on practical techniques acquired during mandatory labs, short field trips and three separate 10-day field courses.

Team and individual projects, discussions and presentations are important aspects of program delivery. Practising managers from the community frequently assist with the teaching.

Students take a set of core courses in first year that develop competencies in areas such as:

  • data collection
  • oral and written communication
  • computer use
  • mapping
  • basic biology

Two field courses between first and second year offer the chance to gain field experience, while many of the second year courses emphasize practical management aspects and give students the opportunity to choose from a series of electives.

Instruction reflects the cultural, political and employment realities in Yukon—particularly those associated with the implementation of land claim settlements—but program content is of wide application and graduates have found employment across Canada.

Our goal is to provide the knowledge, skills and perspectives to enable graduates to assist with the management of land, water, forest, fish and wildlife resources in the North; and to prepare students for transfer to degree level programs in fields related to renewable resource management.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12 and Math 11 (Applications, Principles, Foundations or Pre-Calculus); OR
  • Experience has shown that academic preparation is essential for success in this program and students are encouraged to upgrade their skills, if necessary.

Intake to the program is every two years in odd numbered years (e.g. 2017). Class size is limited to 24 students and 14 seats are reserved for Yukon First Nations students. Women are encouraged to apply.


The following documents must be received at Admissions by May 1 of the year of entry.

  • Yukon College Application for Admission form
  • official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary educational records
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test results (if taken)

Qualified applicants will be offered seats on a first come, first served basis. Once available First Nations or non-First Nations seats are allocated, subsequent qualified applicants will be placed on wait lists.

RRMT Preparation

Yukon College offers a variety of courses to help students upgrade their skills. Contact the School of Science to meet with a Program Advisor to personalize your upgrading needs. Some courses are offered for students in rural Yukon via distributed learning using video conference.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have found jobs working in diverse fields including:

  • lands and resources offices for First Nations
  • fish and wildlife enforcement
  • park and land use planning
  • wildlife viewing
  • protected areas
  • interpretation
  • environmental assessment
  • fisheries
  • private sector consulting firms

Students have used this program to transfer to degree programs at universities, and graduates can transfer diploma credits to enter year three of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ENCS) through the University of Alberta offered at Yukon College.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Title Campus Scheduled
BOAT 001 - Boat Operator Accredited Training (BOAT)
COMM 193 - Introduction to Scientific & Technical Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North
RRMT 122 - Maps and Remote Sensing
RRMT 122L - Maps and Remote Sensing Lab
RRMT 123 - Communications
RRMT 137 - Technical Skills and Practices
RRMT 137L - Technical Skills and Practices Lab
RRMT 148 - Firearms Use and Safety
BIOL 220 - Ecology
BIOL 220L - Ecology Lab
Field Course
Title Campus Scheduled
NOST 215 - Northern Studies Field Methods
RRMT 125 - Renewable Resources Measurements Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENST 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
RRMT 200 - Field Methods
RRMT 201 - Winter Travel and Survival
ENVS or CHEM courses
Title Campus Scheduled
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 111L - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I
ENVS 100L - Environmental Science I Lab
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101L - Environmental Science II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Title Campus Scheduled
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I
BIOL 101L - Principles of Biology I Lab
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102L - Principles of Biology II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RRMT 121 - Northern Field Biology
RRMT 121L - Northern Field Biology Lab
Statistics Courses
Title Campus Scheduled
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RRMT 202 - Statistics for Biological Sciences
RRMT 202L - Statistics for Biological Sciences Lab
Aquatic Systems Courses
Title Campus Scheduled
RRMT 134 - Salmon Hatcheries and Fishery
RRMT 135 - Fisheries Techniques
RRMT 237 - Fisheries Management
RRMT 237L - Fisheries Management Lab
RRMT 239 - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology
RRMT 239L - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Lab
Land Management Courses
Title Campus Scheduled
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 250T - Intro-Geograph Info System Tut
RRMT 236 - Land and Protected Area Management
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment
RRMT 241 - Introduction to Land Management
RRMT 242 - First Nation Land Management
RRMT Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
BIOL 201 - Cell Biology
BIOL 202 - Genetics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives
ENST 201 - Environmental Ethics
ENST 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology
GEOL 112 - Mining Industry Overview
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
RRMT 204 - Guided Independent Studies in Renewable Management
Terrestrial Systems Courses
Title Campus Scheduled
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 210L - Introduction to Northern Botany Lab
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
RRMT 223 - Wildlife Management
RRMT 223L - Wildlife Management Lab
RRMT 235 - Forest Management
RRMT 235L - Forest Management Lab
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab