The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
This certificate was modified to incorporate elements of the previously offered Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resources Management and Watershed Management certificates.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The Natural Resources Certificate of Achievement is designed for individuals who wish to acquire specific skills and knowledge necessary for successful job performance for the natural resources technician.
The work of a natural resources technician supports and complements that of a professional forester, park manager and the professional watershed manager. The principal duties of the technicians involve the work in open spaces, parks, rivers and forests. Typical work may include duties related to reforestation, range management, research and extension work, watershed restoration and park management work.
Population growth and the diverse natural resource base in California have created a demand for individuals trained in natural resource conservation. This program is designed to equip individuals with skills to make a positive impact on the sustainable use of natural resources.
- Identify and discuss historical approaches to Natural Resource Management in the U.S.;
- Develop and use vocabulary for the protection, cultivation and management of wildlands;
- Discuss economic benefits to protecting healthy watershed characteristics including: recreation
opportunities, biological diversity, species richness and clean water;
- Critically analyze and apply research and extension work in the field of watershed, park management,
and forestry; and
- Identify best management practices strategies for managing land and recreational areas.