Natural Resources Management


Core Courses

  • Outdoor Recreation Techniques
  • Equipment Operation and Safety
  • Fire Management
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Native Vegetation
  • Pesticide Application Certification
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Foundations of GIS and GPS
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Outdoor Recreation II
  • Principles of Interpretation
  • Aquatic Management
  • Woodland Management
  • Advanced Outdoor Recreation Techniques
  • Natural Areas Management
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Employment Experience

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 65
Program Start: Fall, Spring

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Careers in Natural Resources Management include:

  • Wildlife technician
  • Fishery technician
  • Park technician
  • Naturalist
  • Conservation law enforcement
  • Roadside manager
  • Soil conservation technician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Forestry

To increase your employment opportunities and be competitive in your future career, it is recommended that you continue to a four-year degree program.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Forest and Conservation Technicians $31,100 $43,200 $49,200

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Buchanan County Secondary Roads Independence, IA
Iowa County Conservation Boards Many Iowa locations
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Many Iowa locations
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Libby, MT
North Dakota Parks and Recreation North Dakota
Stantec Environmental Services Many U.S. locations
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Many U.S. locations
U.S. Forest Service Many U.S. locations
Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark KOA Waterloo, IA
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. Cheyenne, WY

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Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist De'Carlos Anderson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1228 Butler Hall 122
Program Advisor Ryan Kurtz Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1312 Bremer Hall 111F
Administrative Assistant
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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