Park Management Courses

PMGT 10: Introduction to Park Management

3 unit: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an introduction to public land management and the history of environmental thought from prehistoric time to the creation of the world’s first protected public parks and forests. Throughout this course the student has the opportunity to explore how the social, economic, political, cultural, and religious influences led to the creation of our national parks. Also the student has the opportunity to learn about the variety of city, county, state, regional open space, and federal land management agencies, their missions and employment opportunities.

PMGT 11: Park Communications

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This specialized course explores techniques for improving communication skills with the public, colleagues, and other agencies and organizations. Emphasis is placed on developing strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills within the context of natural and cultural resource agencies.

PMGT 12A: Basic Outdoor Skills

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the student to those skills necessary to camp and backpack using environmentally sensitive methods. Other topics include equipment evaluation and use, back-country first aid and those skills necessary for the back-country traveler. Two-day and three-day backpacking trips required.

PMGT 12B: Backcountry Technical Rescue

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to develop basic skills necessary to rock climb and perform a basic rescue. Skills taught include how to use climbing and rescue equipment, establishing anchors, rock climbing, rappelling, and rope rescue. This course follows State Fire Marshall’s L.A.R.R.O. training curriculum with additional content relating to back-country/wilderness settings. Pass/No Pass Option.

PMGT 12C: Advanced Outdoor Skills and Survival

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisites: PMGT 12A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed to advance existing basic outdoor skills typical of those needed by public and private land stewards and backcountry travelers working or recreating in underdeveloped and remote settings. Emphasis is on self-survival skills including: shelter building, staying warm, finding water, tracking, working in adverse weather conditions, independent critical decision-making and teamwork.

PMGT 13: Wildland Fire Suppression

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides the training necessary for the federal Interagency “RED” card for wildland firefighter. Subjects include ignition, behavior, and spread of forest fires, influence and role of topography and fuels, philosophy behind prescribed fire, fire suppression equipment, methods of fire prevention and suppression, Incident Command System, and the national wildland fire control organizations.

PMGT 14: Conservation of Our Natural Resources

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course emphasizes the conservation of our natural resources from the view of conservation problems by considering the history of human popula-tions in the relation to natural resources, their present predicament, and their future outlook. This course also covers conservation as it pertains to water, timber, wildlife, soil, and air.

PMGT 15A: Duties of the Park Professional

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course addresses specific contemporary topics and issues pertinent to the operation and management of public and private lands. This course includes strategies for invasive species reduction, wetland and desert land management, timber harvest management, visitor use management, hazardous materials management, search and rescue management, media relations, agency liability, visitor safety and ranger safety.

PMGT 15B: Natural & Cultural Resource Interpretation

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to increase confidence in their public speaking abilities as they explore the interpretive approach to communication. In this hands-on learning environment, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and conduct guided walks, children’s programs and campfire presentations. Students have opportunities to learn the fundamentals of creating interpretive media such as brochures, displays, and exhibits. Field trips and professional presentations provide students with exemplary interpretive experiences.

PMGT 15C: Introduction to Park Maintenance

3 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 2 units

Prerequisite: PMGT 10

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introduction to park maintenance skills and management. Students have opportunities to learn basic skills in the following subjects: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, concrete, painting, and drywall construction. Other topics include selecting materials, tool use and application, project planning, and interpreting plans. Students also have opportunities to learn how to integrate safety into park maintenance operations and learn the basic principles and methods of managing a park maintenance operation.

PMGT 17: Basic Horticulture for Parks

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed for students in both park management and other similar disciplines, emphasizing studies in horticulture. This course provides an overview with various aspects of the use of plants and trees in public land management. Additional topics include native plants, invasive plants, plant biology and disease, and sustainable use of plants in the environment.

PMGT 18: Park Planning and Design

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an introduction to park planning and design. Students have opportunities to learn about how to design facilities within a park environment. Other topics include the materials and techniques used for constructing ecologically sound facilities that fit into a specific park environment. Students also have opportunities to learn how to integrate the needs of park visitors with the natural and cultural resources of the park, and learn about environmental assessments needed to plan and design facilities in parks.

PMGT 19: Wilderness First Responder

5 units: lecture 5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This 90-hour course of lecture and supervised practical exercises provides public land agency personnel, outdoor leaders, guides, and wilderness travelers with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the basic principles of emergency medical care for both urban and wilderness environments. This certification course consists of the Federal DOT First Responder curriculum with modifications and additional protocols to meet the specific needs of emergency medical care in remote environments. Certification upon successful course completion includes WVC-PM’s “First Responder” and “Wilderness First Responder” and American Heart Association’s “CPR for the Healthcare Provider” or American Red Cross’ “CPR for the Professional Rescuer.” Pass/No Pass Option

PMGT 19B: Wilderness First Responder Refresher

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

This refresher course is intended to give students an update on changes and improvements on techniques and methodologies for the Wilderness First Responder. This course with updated standards and protocols offers students an opportunity to work and practice the most current diagnostic and treatment skills. The student must possess a valid Professional Rescuer CPR with AED certificate prior to the start of class.

PMGT 20A: Employment Preparation

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Prerequisites: PMGT 15A and PMGT 15B and PMGT 15C; or PMGT 16A and PMGT 16C and PMGT 16E Prerequisites PMGT 15A, 15B, 15C are required for PMGT students. Prerequisites PMGT 16A, 16C 16E are required for Geospatial PMGT students.

Corequisites: PMGT 20B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed to provide students with the requisite experience in the development of resumes, background investigations, digital portfolio and interviewing skills.

PMGT 20B: Internship

2 units: Work Experience: 2 units; lab 0 units

Corequisite: PMGT 20A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

In this course, students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in either the Park Management or Geospatial Technology Programs. The students, supervisor, and faculty agree upon and establish objectives that students are to achieve during this practical experience in park management and geospatial technology. Students focus on the benchmarks specific to their discipline of choice. A minimum of 120 unpaid or 150 paid internship hours are required.

PMGT 21: Park Operations

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course in park operations takes place in county parks, such as Sanborn/Skyline and Stevens Creek. Students have the opportunity to experience ranger, maintenance, and interpretive specialized instruction from county park personnel while performing projects and tasks.

PMGT 23: Power Saws

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed to meet training requirements to work as a power saw operator. The cutting techniques and procedures are applicable to most geographic areas of the country. Students have the opportunity to learn power saw mechanics and basic field maintenance, power saw operation including brush clearing, limbing, bucking, and basic falling of small trees. Successful students may receive the S-212 Wildfire Power Saws certificate. Pass/No Pass Option

PMGT 24: Wilderness Navigation

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This land navigation course is intended to give the student a thorough knowledge of, and skills in reading and using topographic maps, the compass, terrain reading and interpretation, and combining the information and skills to navigate in the wilderness. This course also covers the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and basic desktop computer mapping programs.

PMGT 26: Regenerative Agriculture for Parks

This course is designed to introduce students to the topic of Regenerative Agriculture, its benefits to increasing carbon sequestration in the land through modern agricultural techniques, and how it pertains to public lands.

Last Updated 12/9/20