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Natural Resources Technician
Program Code: 10-057-1


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 69 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

The occupational category of Natural Resources Technician includes a variety of jobs: soil and water conservation technician, fish or wildlife management technician, forestry technician, campground manager, surveying assistant, environmental consultant, mapping and appraisal technician, wastewater technician, and naturalist.

As a natural resources employee, you work closely with professionals in field data collection, erosion prevention, forest management, and water and soil analysis. You may also work in a public park or forest or in private industry. Your job opportunities may include public relations, surveying, site assessment, patrol, and management of forest, wildlife areas and fish hatcheries.

Employment depends on your mobility after graduation. Jobs are available in state and national parks and forests, municipal parks and recreation departments, surveying companies, wastewater treatment plants and land conservation departments. You may find opportunities with federal, state and county governmental agencies as well as private companies throughout the United States. Self-employment possibilities also exist if you are motivated and energetic.

Upcoming retirement statistics make this an opportune time for you to begin training. Women and minorities are welcome in this field.


Program Description

Your first year in the program involves both natural resource fieldwork and general education classes such as math and science. During the second year, you are given the opportunity to specialize in four out of five areas of natural resources.

Since practically all positions in natural resources are outdoor jobs, you receive extensive field experience to acquaint you with the practical, on-the-job situations encountered by technicians. You receive an associate degree upon completion of this two-year technical program.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements


Program Outcomes

A graduate of the Natural Resources Technician program:

  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and principles utilized to manage natural resource systems.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify regionally significant flora and fauna.
  • Utilizes technological and digital tools to analyze and interpret resource management data.
  • Develops plans and performs tasks necessary to manage natural resource systems.
  • Exhibits the ability to use equipment and demonstrates skills required by natural resource technicians.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate accurately and efficiently using written, verbal, and visual methods.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Ecology, general science, chemistry, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, vocational agriculture, conservation, natural resources and biology will prove useful.


Contact Us

For more information, call or e-mail Tony Deininger at (920) 735-2527 or visit our department website.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program