INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR
This week-long program is offered as an introduction to Environmental Monitoring, or a refresher for workers looking to keep up to date with the requirements in the resource-based industry.
The course includes fieldwork monitoring logistics and techniques, both in-class and in the field. Participants will learn firsthand how to collect, record, manage and interpret information needed to aid in fulfilling the job requirements of an Environmental Monitor.
Duration: 1 week
Requirement: Grade 8 or equivalent
Learn the role and responsibilities of Environmental Monitors, while receiving an overview of the regulations, acts, and permits that the mining industry operates under.
Learn how to conduct field inspections on industrial sites, identify environmental issues, and understand the requirements that need to be followed.
Receive an overview of spill prevention, control, and response. Instructors will teach students to recognize and assess a spill, plan a response, and monitor impacts.
Instructors will cover the regulatory requirements and protocols for air, soil and water monitoring, as well as the tools and equipment necessary to complete these duties.
Students will take a fieldtrip, and receive the opportunity to apply the skills they learned in the classroom.
Learn the importance of taking proper field notes and site photos, and the techniques to do so.
Students will also learn how to navigate with the aid of a compass and/or GPS device.
Students will be given tools and techniques to inspect industrial facilities and identify environmental risks.
Species at Risk (SAR) surveys will also be reviewed, where students will learn about common SAR in specific regions.
Learn about the work that takes place before monitors go out into the field to ensure accurate data collection. Post-fieldwork transportation and storage protocols needed to keep samples valid are covered.
- Sample handling and storage
- Preparation and labeling
- Avoiding contamination
- Sample shipment
- Equipment - Testing/Calibration/Maintenance
- QA/QC protocols and interpretation
Learn what environmental information and reports may be of interest to your community, and how to distill important information for discussion with community members.