Wilderness and Park Management


About This Program

The Wilderness and Park Management program focuses on the conservation and recreation on federal, state, and local wild lands. Students work hands-on in fields directly related to obtaining an outdoors skills based career and will develop long-term management plans for wilderness settings, park settings, and general outdoor environments.

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Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (68 Credits)


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Program Features

Experience many aspects of park and wilderness settings.
  • Hands-on experience in fuels, maintenance, forestry, survival, and internship
  • Optional acceptance into the Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training
  • Optional study abroad opportunity in Australia
  • Active Wilderness Club building students volunteer and experience
Career Opportunities

Public and private career opportunities

Graduates of Vermilion’s Wilderness and Park Management program have opportunities for a variety of careers in both public and private employers. Job titles include Field Crew Worker, Fire Operations, Interpreter, Maintenance Worker, Not-for-Profit Conservation Worker, Recreation Technician, State and Federal Park Ranger, and Wilderness Technician.


Alyssa Richards

Wilderness and Parks Instructor

Meet Our Alumni

Sam Maves

Wilderness and Park Management

Minnesota North - Vermilion

I chose Vermilion so I could go into the Wilderness and Parks Management program. This program has helped me start setting up my career in parks and recreation. I am from Elk River Minnesota. My experience at Vermilion and within my program has been great! I love the smaller campus atmosphere, the teaching feels a lot more personal than in high school, which has led to academic success. My favorite memory is the first week of school when I was adjusting to the campus, getting to know all of my roommates, and making friends here that have lasted since our first week here. I would encourage students thinking about choosing Vermilion to look over our website and to set up a campus and housing tour to see if it is a good feel or a good fit for them.

Kelsey Aasness

Wilderness and Park Management

Minnesota North - Vermilion

Education & experience
I spent my first two seasons during my time at Vermilion working for the MN Conservation Corps, then the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Colorado. After graduating from Vermilion, I accepted a Wilderness/Trails job in California, where after I went to Alaska and spent the winter dogsledding, and then spent two seasons as a
trail maintenance work lead and education program coordinator in the cascades of Oregon. I am doing part-time online schooling through Oregon State University for a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources

Current employer 
US Forest Service; I bleed green.

Seasonal Park Ranger. I spend my days hiking popular trails, leading and performing environmental interpretation programs, or coordinating community events to teach the public the importance of land management.

Favorite Vermilion memory
Getting out in the woods with Wilderness Club. I miss all the amazing people I got so close with during our trail work and land stewardship events. And, of course, all the Boundary Waters adventures.

Additional Information


The Wilderness and Park Management program is designed to give students the skill set to begin a career directly following completion of the program. Students interested in transferring on will find degrees in many related disciplines.