The Environmental Conservation: Parks and Recreation Management Major 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.
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 consulting industry have been increasing. Working conditions are ideal for those who like to help others enjoy the out-of-doors.
Students who have completed the Parks and Recreation Management Competency and/or Environmental Conservation: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate have fulfilled a portion of the Environmental Conservation : Parks and Recreation Management Major.
The Environmental Conservation Major provides instructional training necessary for technician level positions in visitor information services, maintenance, resource protection, fish and wildlife, public safety, natural resource and watershed management. The program consists of 18 units of core requirements. Students then select one of three emphases: Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resources Management, or Watershed Management, and complete 15 units in the chosen emphasis.
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.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.
This program of study is also available as an career certificate 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 major, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of specific skills and abilities required to obtain a park ranger position with a county, state, or national park;
- use customer service, communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills to make successful park visitor contacts resulting in a positive visitor experience;
- recognize and differentiate recreational opportunities provided by numerous recreational entities and evaluate the success of those opportunities;
- apply skills in designing, planning, and managing parks, providing a wide variety of recreational programs to communities;
- describe habitat inventory procedures, evaluate completed and planned restoration projects, and apply prescriptions for repair/restoration of ecological systems; and
- apply broad-based theories and applications in the Parks and Recreation field to solve problems and address issues in the professions.
The requirements for the Environmental Conservation: Parks and Recreation Management (AS) program are:
Complete 34 units from
- Environmental Conservation Core Requirements
- Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Elective Requirements
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|Environmental Conservation Core Requirements - complete 18.00 units|
|AGBUS 2||Agricultural Computer Applications||3.00|
|NRM 12||Introduction to Environmental Conservation||3.00|
|NRM 51||Wildland Trees and Shrubs||3.00|
|NRM 84||Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation||3.00|
|NRM 99I||Natural Resources Mgnt Occupational Work Experience Intern||2.00|
|NRM 111||Orientation to Natural Resources / Park Management Practices||4.00|
|Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Elective Requirements - complete 15.00 units|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 15.00 units from the following:|
|NRM 60||Introduction to Outdoor Recreation||3.00|
|NRM 61||Outdoor Recreation Management||3.00|
|NRM 63||Park Interpretation||3.00|
|NRM 65||Recreation Facility Maintenance||3.00|
|NRM 66||Wilderness Skills||3.00|
|NRM 70||Forest Practices||4.00|
|NRM 72||Forest Fire Control & Its Use||3.00|
|NRM 86||Watershed Monitoring and Assessment||2.00|
|NRM 88||Watershed Ecology and Restoration||3.00|
|NRM 91||Rangeland Management||3.00|
|NRM 102||Selection and Propagation of Native Plants for Restoration||0.50|
|NRM 103||Restoring Native Habitats||0.50|
|NRM 121||Global Positioning Systems||2.00|
|NRM 131||Park and Forest Trails Maintenance and Reconstruction||2.50|
|NRM 132||Chainsaw Safe Operation and Care||0.50|
|NRM 141||Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety||1.00|
|NRM 142||Orienteering for Wilderness Users||1.00|
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:|
|LIR 10||Introduction to Information Literacy||1.00|
|LIR 30||Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects||1.00|
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.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.