Natural Resources Management

Courses

Core Courses

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

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 64
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost

Careers

Positions

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 $28,600 $41,900 $48,500
Foresters $36,300 $52,300 $60,400
Soil and Water Conservationists and Park Naturalists $33,500 $55,200 $66,100

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

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. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Natural Resources Management program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

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
ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER Next Generation
14 Reading 42 Reading 47 Reading 228 Reading
13 English 42 Sentence Skills 20 Writing 229 Writing
14 Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements 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.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Cody Chesmore Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1223 Bremer Hall 124
Program Advisor Ryan Kurtz Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1312 Bremer Hall 111F
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email me 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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