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Natural Resources: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 33
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Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Natural Resources program provides instructional training necessary for technician level positions in natural resource and watershed management, resource protection, fish and wildlife, public safety, visitor information services, and maintenance. The program consists of 18 units of core requirements. Students then select one of three emphases: Forest Management, Watershed Management, or Parks & Recreation, and complete 9 units in the chosen emphasis.

The Natural Resources: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate of Achievement provides training for technician level positions in visitor information services, environmental education, recreation management, maintenance, resource protection and public safety in our local, state, and federal parks and forests.

The work of a Parks and Recreation technician supports and compliments that of the park manager. Population growth and the increased demand for recreation in California have created a demand for individuals trained in parks and recreation management in county, state, and federal governmental service and in private enterprises. This program is designed to equip individuals with skills in designing, planning and managing parks and for providing a wide variety of recreational programs to our communities and conducting Natural Resource education.

This program has been designed with the help of experts in the field of Parks and Recreation Management to fulfill the needs of employers. Employment has been mainly in governmental positions. However, jobs in the private recreation industry have been increasing.

Students who have completed the Parks and Recreation Management Competency Certificate have fulfilled a portion of the Natural Resources: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate of Achievement.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of specific skills and abilities required to obtain a park ranger position with a county, state, or national park;
  2. Use customer service, communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills to make successful park visitor contacts resulting in a positive visitor experience;
  3. Recognize and differentiate recreational opportunities provided by numerous recreational entities and evaluate the success of those opportunities;
  4. Apply skills in designing, planning, and managing parks, providing a wide variety of recreational programs to communities;
  5. Describe habitat inventory procedures, evaluate completed and planned restoration projects, and apply prescriptions for repair/restoration of ecological systems; and
  6. Apply broad-based theories and applications in the Parks and Recreation field to solve problems and address issues in the professions.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Natural Resources: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate program are:

  • Complete 33 units from
    • Natural Resources Core Requirements
    • Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Requirements
    • Parks and Recreation Management Elective Requirements

Natural Resources Core Requirements - complete 18.00 units
AGBUS 2Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
NRM 12Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
NRM 84Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 99INatural Resources Mgnt Occupational Work Experience Intern2.00
NRM 111Orientation to Natural Resources / Park Management Practices4.00
Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
NRM 60Introduction to Outdoor Recreation3.00
NRM 63Environmental Education3.00
NRM 66Wilderness Skills3.00
NRM 67Recreation Facility Management3.00
Parks and Recreation Management Elective Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
BAD 52Human Relations in Organizations3.00
CS 72.11AAdobe InDesign 13.00
CS 72.11BAdobe InDesign 24.00
CS 72.11CAdobe InDesign 33.00
NRM 70Forest Management and Assessment4.00
NRM 72Forest Fire Control and Its Use3.00
NRM 73Introduction to Forest Measurements3.00
NRM 80Environmental Policy for Resource Managers3.00
NRM 85Watershed Hydrology4.00
NRM 86Watershed Resource Management2.00
NRM 87Geographic Info. Systems Applications in Natural Resources3.00
NRM 88Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.00
NRM 91Rangeland Management3.00
NRM 103Restoring Native Habitats0.50
NRM 131Park and Forest Trails Maintenance and Reconstruction2.50
NRM 132Chainsaw Safe Operation and Care0.50
NRM 141Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety1.00
NRM 142Orienteering for Wilderness Users1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2018

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students who elect to take more than three courses from the Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Requirements course list can use the additional course(s) to partially satisfy the Parks and Recreation Management Elective Requirement.

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