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Watershed 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 Watershed 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 watershed management.

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. Students in this field typically further their career in areas such as fish and wildlife management or the biological sciences. Students completing the Watershed Management Competency Certificate can expect to find jobs with county, state and federal agencies as well as non-profit watershed restoration and fisheries projects. 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.

Population growth and the diverse resources base in California have created a demand for individuals trained in the principles of watershed management. 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. 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; and
  6. identify, evaluate, and develop suitable restoration work plans.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Watershed Management Certificate program are:

  • Complete 15 units from
    • Watershed Management Requirements

Watershed Management Requirements - complete 15.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 15.00 units from the following:
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
NRM 70Forest Practices4.00
NRM 84Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 85Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management4.00
NRM 86Watershed Monitoring and Assessment2.00
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 141Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety1.00

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:

Watershed Management - effective Spring 2007
Watershed Management - effective Fall 1981

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.

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