Natural Resources Management
The Natural Resources Management (NRM) major prepares the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, ability, and excellence to conserve and manage our natural systems for a sustainable future. The degree is an innovative interdisciplinary combination of social and ecosystem sciences, structured to generate critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to address the many diverse challenges of complex natural resource and environmental issues.
Throughout the world, the quality of life of individuals and communities is directly associated with the use and management of land, water, soil, plants, and wildlife. Natural resource managers seek to thoughtfully balance the diverse and interconnected needs of society with the sustainable use of natural resources to guide the ways in which humans interact with their surrounding environments.
Natural resources management is a growing field with a wide variety of career options and solid earning potential in both public and private sectors, including positions within federal, state and municipal governments as well as nonprofit agencies such as land trusts, conservancies, and other environmental organizations. Depending on an individual’s specialization, experience, and skill level, graduates may qualify for diverse natural resource occupations that include:
- Land and resources manager or planner
- Water quality manager
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental or conservation scientist
- Urban planner
- Wetland ecologist
- Geospatial analyst
- Land Trust manager
- Sustainability officer
- Environmental educator
- Parks and recreation director
- Ecotourism operator