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Natural Resources Management

Program Pathways

Natural Resources Aide Certificate

Program Details

Award Certificate
Credits 9
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 1
Time to Complete 4 months

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Equipment Operation and Safety -OR-
    Fire Management
  • Native Vegetation -OR-
    Wildlife Identification
  • Outdoor Recreation Techniques -OR-
    Outdoor Recreation II

Next step: Continue to Natural Resources Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program or graduate and enter the workforce.

Natural Resources Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 64
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Equipment Operation and Safety
  • Native Vegetation
  • Outdoor Recreation Techniques
Term 2
  • Fire Management
  • Foundations of GIS and GPS
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Outdoor Recreation II
  • Pesticide Application Certification
  • Principles of Interpretation
  • Wildlife Identification
Term 3
  • Advanced Outdoor Recreation Techniques
  • Aquatic Management
  • Natural Areas Management
  • Woodland Management
Term 4
  • Conservation Biology
  • Employment Experience
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wildlife Management

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Natural Resources Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program.



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 $27,900 $42,000 $49,000
Foresters $56,700 $71,900 $79,400

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

Business Location
County Secondary Roads Many Iowa locations
Iowa County Conservation Boards Many Iowa locations
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Many Iowa locations
North Dakota Parks and Recreation North Dakota
Pheasant Forever Iowa and South 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
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Many Wisconsin locations

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

In order to be eligible for the Natural Resources Management program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 14 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
Reading 42 47 14 228 2.00
Writing 42 Sentence Skills 20 13 229 1.00

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Alex Kissel Email Alex Kissel
Schedule an appointment with Alex Kissel
319-296-2329 ext.1065 Bremer Hall 124
Program Advisor Ryan Kurtz Email Ryan Kurtz 319-296-2329 ext.1312 Bremer Hall 111F
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email Dave Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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