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: Forest Management Certificate of Achievement will allow students to focus on the protection, cultivation, and sustainable management of forested lands and the use of their products, in cooperation with other wildland users.
The work of a conservation technician supports and compliments that of the professional wildland forester. The principal duties of technicians involve the protection, cultivation, and management of forested lands and the use of their products in cooperation with other wildland users. Typical work may include duties related to reforestation, estimating, appraising, selling or buying timber; range management; research and extension work; logging, milling, and wood conversion.
This program has been designed with the help of experts in the field of Natural Resource 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 data collection in the field combined with computer entry work.
Students who have completed the Forest Management Competency Certificate have fulfilled a portion of the Natural Resources: Forest Management Certificate of Achievement.
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 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:
- Identify and discuss historical approaches to Natural Resource Management in the U.S.;
- Develop and use vocabulary for the protection, cultivation and management of wildlands;
- Discuss economic benefits to protecting healthy watershed characteristics including: recreation opportunities, biological diversity, species
richness and clean water;
- Critically analyze and apply research and extension work in the field of forestry and NRM;
- Identify and employ sustainable forestry practices strategies and characteristics for harvesting, logging, milling and wood conversion; and
- Apply broad-based theories and applications in the natural resources 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, can view the recommended course sequence.
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.