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Water - Watershed Ecology

Industry Description
Watershed Ecology blends knowledge of biological sciences with application of cutting-edge technical skills. Technicians will be skilled in identifying and assessing natural habitat needs of fish and wildlife in relation to healthy ecosystems, with emphasis on the restoration and management of aquatic environments.  

Department Overview
The Water Technologies and Management program offers several degree tracks for students which include Watershed Ecology, Natural Resources Technology and Management and Irrigation Technology. Certificate, Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences degrees (AAAS) and transfer options are available.

Watershed Ecology blends knowledge of biological sciences with application of cutting-edge technical skills. Technicians will be skilled in identifying and assessing natural habitat needs of fish and wildlife in relation to healthy ecosystems with emphasis on the restoration and management of aquatic environments. Watershed Ecology will enable students to learn about ecosystems as they relate to watershed processes. Students will become well-versed in living systems, flora and fauna, as well as non-living systems. Watershed Ecology will expose students to technical courses to provide them with cutting-edge scientific skills and necessary written and oral communication skills. The Watershed Ecology degree prepares graduates for entry level employment and provides skill improvements for individuals already in the workforce. Graduates of the Watershed Ecology program are highly recruited for work in fisheries, environmental restoration, and soil and water quality testing. Students in the program have the unique opportunity to participate in paid work experience as part of the program. The Watershed Ecology program is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.
 

Degrees
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Watershed Ecology upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Watershed Ecology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.

Career Opportunities
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Biological Technicians
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Environmental Engineering Technicians
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Biological Aide
  • Biology Specimen Technician
  • Conservation Technician
  • Environmental Compliance Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Assistant/Technician
  • Environmental Restoration Technician
  • Field Sampling Technician
  • GIS Technician
  • Hydrology Technician
  • Laboratory Associate
  • Soil Technologist


Entrance Requirements
Students may begin their study in fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. A placement test offered by the WWCC Testing Center must be completed prior to starting to the program.

Other Information
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.