Upcoming summer term courses:
Summer course registration opened on Feb. 1 and courses are filling up fast! Please register for your course online if you are a program student or call the Continuing Studies registration desk at 250-472-4747.
Restoration of Natural Systems Program
SUMMER 2021 TERM:
- ER 338A – Climate Change in Ecological Restoration - May 5 to July 30 (Online)
- ER 331 – Urban Restoration and Sustainable Agricultural Systems - May 10 to June 2 (Online Hybrid – two field days)
- ER 312A – Field Study in Ecological Restoration I - July 5 to Aug. 20 (Online)
- ER 329 – Mining Reclamation - June 3 to 25 (Online Hybrid – two field days)
- ER 390 – Environmental Restoration Project and ER 400 Seminar in Environmental Restoration are available for registration in the Summer 2021 term – Contact Nancy Shackelford to discuss your project before registering.
Ecological Restoration Program
390 project ideas
If you are interested in finding a 390 project, please consider the following:
Rithet’s Bog Restoration (Victoria)
The District of Saanich in partnership with the Rithet’s Bog Conservation Society are looking for a student to build on previous RNS projects in the bog. Potential activities range from habitat restoration for red-listed species, to designing experimental invasive species control treatments, to mapping the impacts of potential management of altered hydrology in the wetland.
Galiano Island Coastal Bluff Restoration (Gulf Islands)
Biodiversity Galiano has come together with the Galiano Conservancy, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Saanich Native Plants to plan a coastal bluff restoration at a sensitive and valuable site on Galiano Island. They are looking for a student to help design and implement the first push for species reintroductions, targeting enhanced native plant diversity and pollinator provision services. The student will be co-mentored between Biodiversity Galiano and Saanich Native Plants.
Sandown Community Farming (Saanich Peninsula)
Recently leased long-term to the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, the Sandown property is a retired racetrack in North Saanich. The property has had heavy changes in soil and plant communities, but the Sandown Centre is planning on transitioning to community-based agriculture and restored native ecosystems over the next decade. They are looking for a student to tackle activities around soil mapping and remediation work, wetland restoration, and/or hydrology management.
Due to ongoing instability regarding health and safety restrictions on campus, we are planning for an online/hybrid offering of courses in the May to August term. Courses have been designed to allow for either fully online delivery or part online with minimal field days. We will alert registered students as soon as possible to any changes to the current schedule or format.
Nearing graduation? The next convocation date is June 2021
If you think you are nearing completion of your program, or that you will have completed all your courses by April 30, 2021, you can still apply for a June 2021 graduation up until Feb. 15 (with a late fee). Please get in touch with the program coordinator to ensure your RNS program is complete.
If you are a concurrent UVic undergraduate student, you must consult with Academic Advising before you can graduate. If you are an RNS Diploma student, you’ll need to apply here and contact the program coordinator. If you are an RNS Certificate or an ER PSC student, you’ll need to contact the program coordinator for instructions on how to proceed.
Post nominal letters
Wondering what to put behind your name once you graduate? Here are the post nominal letters according to program:
- Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma: Dip.RNS
- Restoration of Natural Systems Certificate: Cert.RNS
- Professional Specialization in Ecological Restoration: PSCert.ER
Reminder: checking your grades
We encourage you to log on and check your final grades online. Depending on whether you are a credit or non-credit student, there are different places to check your final course grades.
If you are an RNS Diploma (credit) student: you can view your grades by logging in to the UVic home page and searching under “My online tools”.
If you are an RNS Certificate or ER Certificate (non-credit) student: you can view your grades by logging in to Continuing Studies Website. Click on “My Account” near the top right of the page, then click on “Transcripts, Reports, Tax Forms” on the left hand side menu and select Administrative Transcript.
Looking for a copy of your T2202A tuition receipt for income tax purposes? It’ll be available for download by the end of February.
If you are an RNS Diploma (credit) student: you can view and print your T2202A by logging in to the UVic home page and searching under “My online tools”.
If you are an RNS Certificate or ER Certificate (non-credit) student: you can view and print your T2202A by logging in to the Continuing Studies Website. Click on “My Account” near the top right of the page, then click on “Tax Forms” on the left hand side menu.
If you are currently looking for work, here are some employer websites to check out:
- Hatfield Consultants
- BC Provincial Government
- Civic Jobs Canada
- Parks Canada
- EcoCanada Job Board
Looking to volunteer?
The following groups are recruiting volunteers:
- Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
- Peninsula Streams Society
- Habitat Acquisition Trust
- Wild Arc – If you are interested in wildlife rehabilitation, Wild Arc has a practicum program for volunteers that may interest you!
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- Posted Feb. 1, 2021