Natural Resources

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Your interest in being outdoors and physical activity could lead to a rewarding career protecting life, property and natural resources. At Fox Valley Tech, you can get the skills you need to become a Natural Resource Technician or Wildland Firefighter.

Programs

  • Forest Management Specialist (C)

    15 Credits Location: Appleton

    Learn the technical skills required to be successful in a career as a forestry technician in both public and private sector employment. With this certificate, you’ll acquire knowledge related to forest and land management, along with wildland fire – both suppression and prescribed burning applications. Intended for Natural Resources Technician students who have completed their first-year program courses.

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  • Habitat and Land Use Management Specialist (C)

    15 Credits Location: Appleton

    Responsible management of our natural resources is crucial for both our generation and those to come. Understanding the habitat resources we have on the landscape is fundamental to this management. Learn the technical skills required to be successful in gaining employment in both the public and private sectors. With this certificate, you’ll acquire hands-on skills and knowledge related to wildlife habitat management, soil and water conservation, landscape restoration techniques, along with wildland fire – both suppression and prescribed burning applications. Intended for Natural Resources Technician students who have completed their first-year program courses.

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  • Natural Resources Technician (AAS)

    66 Credits Location: Appleton

    Love the outdoors? Have a passion for improving and protecting the environment? If you want to work with natural resources, this program will prepare you for careers such as a fisheries technician, surveyor, soil and water conservationist, wastewater technician or naturalist. Your professional field training will include equipment operation and field data collection for water quality and wastewater analysis, fisheries, forest management, wildlife management and soil analysis. As a technician, you may assist in managing, improving and protecting forests, rangelands and wildlife habitats. Your training also prepares you to provide technical assistance in the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources in a variety of public or private settings.

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  • Wildland Fire Crew (TD)

    31 Credits Location: Appleton

    Teamwork is essential in the demanding role of a Wildland Fire Crew member. Your training will include a broad range of topics including ecosystem-based management, emergency response, hazardous materials and wildland fire practices. You'll learn how to use prescribed fire as a tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. You'll also learn about the proper care and use of equipment, line construction, pump tending and hose use. There will be multiple opportunities for you to gain valuable first-hand experience in live fire settings.

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  • Wildland Firefighter (AAS)

    62 Credits Location: Appleton

    Your interest in the outdoors and intense physical activity could lead to a rewarding career protecting life, property and natural resources from wildfires. Gain the skills you need to use planned, controlled fire as a tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. You’ll learn about the ignition and suppression of wildland and prescribed fire, along with the safe operation of equipment. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in live fire situations. Your training will cover ecosystem-based management, emergency response, hazardous materials, structural and wildland fire practices. You’ll be part of an elite and uniquely qualified group of wildland firefighters.

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Types of Offerings

AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship

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Program Videos & Pictures

Life on the Farm Fox Valley Tech Ag Experts

Fox Valley Technical College's Ag experts in action! Life on the Farm, presented in partnership with WFRV's Midwest Farm Weekly segment.

News

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Natural Resources...

Recently students from the Natural Resources Club not only got the opportunity to help others, they’re also gaining real-life experience...

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Natural Resources Technician

Tapping Maple Trees...

Tapping Maple Trees...

Natural Resources students recently tapped six maple trees around campus as part of their training to help area nature centers with maple syrup...

Focus on Growing...

Focus on Growing...

An environmental director oversees an expanding organization thanks to FVTC. 

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