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: 64
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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


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

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist 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 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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