The Environmental Conservation: Natural Resources Management major will allow students to focus on the protection, cultivation, and management of wildlands and the use of their products, in cooperation with other wildland users.
This program has been designed with the help of experts in the field of Natural Resource Management to fulfill the needs of employers. Employment has been mainly in governmental positions. However, jobs in the private consulting industry have been increasing. Working conditions are ideal for those who like to help others enjoy the out-of-doors.
Students who have completed the Natural Resources Management Competency and/or Environmental Conservation: Natural Resouces Management Certificate of Achievement have fulfilled a portion of the Environmental Conservation : Natural Resources Management Major.
The Environmental Conservation major provides instructional training necessary for technician level positions in visitor information services, maintenance, resource protection, fish and wildlife, public safety, natural resource and watershed management. The program consists of 18 units of core requirements. Students then select one of three emphases: Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resources Management, or Watershed Management, and complete 15 units in the chosen emphasis.
The work of a conservation technician supports and compliments that of the professional wildland forester. The principal duties of technicians involve the protection, cultivation, and management of wildlands and the use of their products in cooperation with other wildland users. Typical work may include duties related to reforestation, estimating, appraising, selling or buying timber; range management; research and extension work; logging, milling, and wood conversion.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.
This program of study is also available as a Certificate of Achievement option. Students wishing to move beyond the technician level are encouraged to pursue a four year degree in Forestry or other related sciences. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.