Environmental Conservation: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 33.0

Term Effective: Fall 2010

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: Summer 2012


The Environmental Conservation Certificate of Achievement 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 Environmental Conservation: Parks and Recreation Management Certificate of Achievement 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 Certificate have fulfilled a portion of the Environmental Conservation : Parks and Recreation Management Certificate of Achievement.

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 Associate degree major option. Students wishing to move beyond the technician level are encouraged to pursue a four year degree in Recreation Management or Natural Resource Science. 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; and
  4. develop skills in designing, planning and managing parks, providing a wide variety of recreational programs to our communities.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Conservation: Parks and Recreation Management program are:

  • Complete 33.0 units from
    • Environmental Conservation Core Requirements
    • Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Elective Requirements

Environmental Conservation 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
Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Elective Requirements - complete 15.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 15.00 units from the following:
NRM 102 Selection and Propagation of Native Plants for Restoration0.50
NRM 103 Restoring Native Habitats0.50
NRM 121 Global Positioning Systems2.00
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
NRM 280.17 Project Learning Tree1.00
NRM 280.20 Project Wild1.00
NRM 60 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation3.00
NRM 61 Outdoor Recreation Management3.00
NRM 62 Camping3.00
NRM 63 Park Interpretation3.00
NRM 65 Recreation Facility Maintenance3.00
NRM 66 Wilderness Skills3.00
NRM 72 Forest Fire Control & Its Use3.00
NRM 88 Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.00
NRM 91 Rangeland Management3.00

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.

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