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Wilderness and Park Management

Overview

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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At-a-Glance

Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (68 Credits)

Campus
Vermilion

Program Video

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
Student training in the program
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.

Faculty

Alyssa Nelson

Wilderness and Parks Instructor

Meet Our Alumni

Kelsey Aasness

Degree in 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.

Position
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

Transferability

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.