Taking care of our coastal lands and waters is a tradition passed down from generation to generation – from Elder to student, and from early ancestors to those living today.

Coastal stewardship staff are committed to improving and updating their skills and experience, which is why training and professional development are often a significant focus for their annual work plans.

The Coastal Stewardship Network supports these efforts by developing and delivering custom training programs to stewardship staff, and by facilitating interactions between staff, youth, Elders and other knowledge keepers in coastal communities, building capacity for the next generation in stewardship leadership.


Our unique training programs emphasize the importance of cultural awareness and learning in the field, and whenever possible, encourage one-on-one coaching and follow-up trainings.

Currently, we provide training and professional development in the following areas:

We are developing new programs that focus on:

  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Forestry monitoring, archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Emergency response

By building on the individual strengths of current stewardship leaders and Coastal Guardian Watchmen, and drawing on the experience of Elders and knowledge keepers, these training programs help to nurture strong relationships within and between communities.


A collaborative program with 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 skills and knowledge of local community members, the program offers regionally relevant professional development opportunities for First Nations communities, and the tangible skills required to work 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. Instructors with extensive field knowledge teach in the classroom and the field, and our Training Coordinators are present throughout the program to provide additional support for students.

Applications are now closed for the Stewardship Technicians Training Program.

Participants in the one-year pilot STTP received their training in 2013 and 2014, finishing with a graduation in Port Hardy in February 2014.

Cohort 1 of the two-year STTP completed their training in March 2017 and Cohort 2 completed their training March 2018. Click here for Cohort 1 & 2 program information and course descriptions.

Cohort 3 began their training in November 2017. We are currently seeking funding for their second year of programming, which is planned for September 2018 to March 2019. Click here for Cohort 3 program information and course descriptions.

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