The Environmental Conservation: Watershed Management major is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills related to the protection, restoration, and functions of watersheds. The focus of study will be on the "ecosystem" approach to watershed management and cooperation with other wildland users.
This program has been designed with the help of experts in the field of Watershed 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 Watershed Management Competency and/or Evironmental Conservation: Watershed Managament Certificate have fulfilled a portion of the Environmental Conservation: Watershed 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 watershed management technician supports and compliments that of the professional watershed manager. Students completing the Watershed Management Certificate can expect to find jobs that involve entry level data collection for state and federal agencies and non profit watershed restoration and fisheries projects, development of watershed plans, conducting watershed education, and work as a river and field tech, watershed technician, fish and game biology field tech.
Watershed technicians assist in data collection and flora and fauna inventory and watershed restoration projects. Typical duties relate to the compiling of technical data and entry into computer database systems. They may also develop watershed plans, conduct watershed education, or work as river and field technicians, watershed technicians, or fish and game biology field technicians.
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 an Career certificate 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.