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WTM - Water Resources Management

Industry Description
Natural Resource technicians and managers are skilled in planning, developing, and managing the sustainability of natural habitats and natural resources. Technicians will have the skills necessary to analyze soil, plant, and water relationships as well as understand water relationships to environmental, economic, and sociological impacts on communities.  

Department Overview
The Water Technologies and Management program offers certificates, Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences degrees (AAAS) and transfer options in Watershed Ecology, Natural Resources Technology and Management, and Irrigation Technology.

Recently added are four new 2+2 degree pathways to Washington State University in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Science, Environmental & Ecosystem Sciences, Forestry, and Earth Sciences.

Natural Resources Technology & Management provides practical learning experience in the natural resource, agriculture, and the turf industries. Natural resource technicians are skilled in planning, developing, managing, and evaluating programs designed to protect and regulate natural habitats and resources. Technicians will have the skills necessary to analyze soil, plant, and water relationships, as well as understand water relationships to environmental, economic, and social impacts to communities. Graduates of the Natural Resource Technology & Management program are highly recruited to work in soil and water conservation, water right related work, as well as design, sell, install, operate, maintain, manage, and/or service turf, landscape, and agricultural irrigation systems. The Natural Resources Technology & Management degree prepares graduates for highly skilled entry-level positions within the industry and/or transferability to Washington State University.

Some courses can be taken online.

The curriculum 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 Degree (AAAS) in Natural Resources Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study. The Natural Resource Technology & Management degree prepares graduates for highly skilled entry-level positions within the industry and/or transferability to Washington State University.

Career Opportunities
  • Water District Manager
  • Designer/Specifier
  • Conservation District Personnel
  • Consultant
  • Field Technician


Entrance Requirements
Students may begin their study in fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit wwcc.edu/placement for more information.

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