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Parks and Recreation Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 15
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Summer 2012


The Park and Recreation Management Skills Certificate is designed for individuals who have a background or experience in natural resources, and who wish to acquire specific skills and knowledge necessary for successful job performance in the field of park and recreation management. The program provides training for technician level positions in visitor information services, and forest recreation, maintenance, resource protection and public safety in our local, state, and federal parks and forests.

Students completing the Parks and Recreation Management Competency Certificate can expect to find jobs such as technician level positions in visitor information services, outdoor recreation, maintenance, resource protection, interpretation, and public safety in local, state, or federal parks and forests. Typical work involves patrolling parklands and enforcement of regulations in a park setting. Environmental education and interpretation is a large part of the park technician's reponsibilities.

Population growth and the diverse resources base 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 to make a positive impact on the sustainable use of natural resources.

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. Apply knowledge of specific skills and abilities in obtaining 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. develop skills in designing, planning and managing parks, providing a wide variety of recreational programs to our communities; and
  5. describe habitat inventory procedures, evaluate completed and planned restoration projects and apply prescriptions for repair/restoration of ecological systems.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 15 units from
    • Parks and Recreation Managment

Parks and Recreation Managment - complete 15.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 15.00 units from the following:
NRM 60Introduction to Outdoor Recreation3.00
NRM 61Outdoor Recreation Management3.00
NRM 63Park Interpretation3.00
NRM 72Forest Fire Control & Its Use3.00
NRM 84Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00

Term Effective: Summer 2012

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 2017

Previous Versions:

Parks and Recreation Management - effective Fall 2004

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.


The program sequence typically begins in the fall with NRM 60: however, a student may choose to begin the program by enrolling in required courses offered in the spring semester.

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