Park Management Degrees

Associate in Science Degree in Park Management

The Park Management AS degree is designed for students who have a desire to pursue a career with city, county, state, and federal parks, open space and public land management agencies. These positions include open space technicians, park rangers, park interpreters, park maintenance, game officers, park managers, park planners, natural resource managers, cultural resource managers, wildland fire fighters, and search and rescue technicians.

Students learn to apply skills working directly with parks, open space, public land agencies and non-governmental environmental organizations.

Upon completion of the Park Management AS Degree, students will be able to:

  • Plan, design, and complete a maintenance project. Develop plans and designs for park facilities
  • Design, develop, and complete projects in the following four areas: resources management, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation.
  • Plan and implement backcountry overnight experiences.
  • Develop plans and designs for park facilities.
  • Design, develop, and complete projects in the following four areas: resources management, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation.
  • Develop GIS mapping projects and demonstrate the use of GPS.
  • Use wildland fire and emergency medical response techniques.
  • Plan, design, and complete a maintenance project.

Required Core Courses (38-39 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 10 Introduction to Park Management 3 units
PMGT 11 Park Communications 2 units
PMGT 12A Basic Outdoor Skills 2 units
  OR  
PMGT 12B Backcountry Technical Rescue 3 units
PMGT 13 Wildland Fire Suppression 2 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 15A Duties of the Park Professional 3 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 15C Introduction to Park Maintenance 3 units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 18 Park Planning and Design 2 units
PMGT 19 Wilderness First Responder 5 units
PMGT 20A PMGT Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship 2 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit
GIST 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
OR
GIST 16G Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 units

Total Core Units: 40–41 units

General Educations Units: 25 units

Total Degree Units: 65–66 units

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 12C Advanced Outdoor Skills and Survival 3 units
PMGT 19B Wilderness First Responder Refresher 2 units
PMGT 23 Power Saws 1 unit
PMGT 24 Wilderness Navigation 1 unit
PMGT 26 Regenerative Agriculture for Parks 3 units

Fall, Year 1 (11-12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
GIST 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
PMGT 10 Introduction to Park Management 3 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 12A Basic Outdoor Skills 2 units
OR
PMGT 12B Backcountry Technical Rescue 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (10 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 11 Park Communications 2 units
PMGT 15C Introduction to Park Maintenance 3 units
PMGT 19 Wilderness First Responder 5 units

Winter, Year 1 (2 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 13 Wildland Fire Suppression 2 units

Fall, Year 2 (7 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 15A Duties of the Park Professional 3 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit

Spring, Year 2 (8 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 18 Park Planning & Design 3 units
PMGT 20A Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship 1 unit

Park Management Certificate of Achievement

The Park Management department meets the needs of three different groups of students: the typical career-oriented college student, the professional wishing a career change and the park professional whose goal is to enhance their skills, obtain in-service training and comply with changing professional standards.

Upon completion of the Park Management Certificate of Achievement students will be able to:

  • Develop and use backcountry rescue, survival and overnight travel skills.
  • Develop web based geospatial mapping projects with the use of remote sensing and GPS technologies.
  • Design, develop, and complete projects in the following four areas: resources management, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation.
  • Use wildland fire and emergency medical response techniques.
  • Plan, design, and complete a maintenance project.
  • Develop plans and designs for park facilities.

The certificate is designed for students who have a desire to pursue a career at the city, county, state or federal levels, as a park ranger, environmental edu-cation specialist, park naturalist, maintenance worker, or resource manage-ment technician.

Required Core Courses (38-39 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 10 Introduction to Park Management 3 units
PMGT 11 Park Communications 2 units
PMGT 12A Basic Outdoor Skills 2 units
  OR  
PMGT 12B Backcountry Technical Rescue 3 units
PMGT 13 Wildland Fire Suppression 2 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 15A Duties of the Park Professional 3 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 15C Introduction to Park Maintenance 3 units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 18 Park Planning and Design 2 units
PMGT 19 Wilderness First Responder 5 units
PMGT 20A PMGT Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship 2 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit
GIST 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
OR
GIST 16G Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 units

Total Certificate Units: 40–41 units

The certificate does not require completion of general education units.

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 12C Advanced Outdoor Skills and Survival 3 units
PMGT 19B Wilderness First Responder Refresher 2 units
PMGT 23 Power Saws 1 unit
PMGT 24 Wilderness Navigation 1 unit
PMGT 26 Regenerative Agriculture for Parks 3 units

Fall, Year 1 (11-12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
GIST 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
PMGT 10 Introduction to Park Management 3 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 12A Basic Outdoor Skills 2 units
OR
PMGT 12B Backcountry Technical Rescue 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (10 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 11 Park Communications 2 units
PMGT 15C Introduction to Park Maintenance 3 units
PMGT 19 Wilderness First Responder 5 units

Winter, Year 1 (2 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 13 Wildland Fire Suppression 2 units

Fall, Year 2 (7 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 15A Duties of the Park Professional 3 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit

Spring, Year 2 (8 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 18 Park Planning & Design 3 units
PMGT 20A Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship 1 unit

Certificate of Achievement in Regenerative Agriculture

The Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture on Public and Private Lands is designed to prepare students to work in the field of regenerative agriculture. It demonstrates the benefits of increasing carbon sequestration in the land through regenerative techniques. Grazing and farming occurs on these lands and there is an opportunity now to change human behavior and beliefs towards farming and foster the idea of entrepreneurship and reduce the need for farm subsidies. This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to affect positive change to Planet Earth. This program will include courses from four different disciplines to include Park Management, Biology, Nutrition, and Business

After completing this certificate of Regenerative Agriculture, a student will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of regenerative agriculture and how each of us can contribute to maintain a sustainable way of living.
  • Compare strategies for developing effective food policies to ensure fair and equitable distribution of foods to prevent food insecurity.
  • Identify techniques for cultivating native plants for use in the restoration of public lands.
  • Analyze the effects human activity has on ecosystems and assess the impact of conservation methods on these ecosystems.
  • Describe the impact of entrepreneurs on political change, economic development, lowering of class and gender barriers.
  • Discuss the social, economic, and biological impacts of climate change.
  • Discuss the concept of sustainability and how each of us can contribute to maintaining a sustainable way of living.

Career Paths

  • Regenerative Ag Consultant
  • Field Organizer
  • Farm Worker
  • Soil Advocate
  • Farm Manager
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Soil Scientist

Required Courses (22 units)

Course Name Course Title Units
BIOL 12 Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife 4 units
BIOL 59 Climate Change 3 units
BUSN 15 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3 units
NUTR 20 World Food Customs and Nutrition 3 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 26 Regenerative Agriculture for Parks 3 units

Fall, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 15 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3 units
PMGT 26 Regenerative Agriculture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (13 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 12 Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife 4 units
NUTR 20 World Food Customs and Nutrition 3 units
BIOL 59 Climate Change 3 units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
Last Updated 10/15/21