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Natural Resources: Watershed Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 33

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.


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: Watershed Management Certificate of Achievement 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option. Students wishing to move beyond the technician level are encouraged to pursue a four year degree in Forestry Hydrology, Fisheries Management, or other related sciences. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and discuss the physical and biological processes of watersheds:
  2. Examine and identify fundamental concepts of the hydrologic cycle;
  3. Recommend principles for protection, management, and monitoring watersheds in California;
  4. Measure, monitor, and assess watershed health in North Coast and other regional streams;
  5. Identify and describe specific habitat factors limiting fish production;
  6. Identify, evaluate, and develop suitable restoration work plans; and
  7. Apply broad-based theories and applications in the watershed management field to solve problems and address issues in the profession.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program should contact the department.

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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Natural Resources: Watershed Management program are:

  • Complete 33 units from
    • Natural Resources Core Requirements
    • Watershed Management Emphasis Requirements
    • Watershed Management Elective Requirements

Natural Resources Core Requirements - complete 18.00 units
AGBUS 2 Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
NRM 12 Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51 Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
NRM 84 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 99I Natural Resources Mgnt Occupational Work Experience Intern2.00
NRM 111 Orientation to Natural Resources / Park Management Practices4.00
Watershed Management Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
NRM 80 Environmental Policy for Resource Managers3.00
NRM 85 Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management4.00
NRM 86 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment2.00
NRM 87 Geographic Info. Systems Applications in Natural Resources3.00
NRM 88 Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.00
Watershed Management Elective Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
BAD 52 Human Relations in Organizations3.00
NRM 66 Wilderness Skills3.00
NRM 67 Recreation Facility Management3.00
NRM 70 Forest Practices4.00
NRM 72 Forest Fire Control and Its Use3.00
NRM 73 Introduction to Forest Measurements3.00
NRM 91 Rangeland Management3.00
NRM 103 Restoring Native Habitats0.50
NRM 131 Park and Forest Trails Maintenance and Reconstruction2.50
NRM 132 Chainsaw Safe Operation and Care0.50
NRM 141 Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety1.00
NRM 142 Orienteering for Wilderness Users1.00

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.


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

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