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Turn your passion into a profession

Use your love of the outdoors to make a difference in the world

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Protect our parks

Work to preserve our nation's natural and cultural resources

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Prepare for a rewarding career

Gain the skills needed to work as a park ranger or in related professions

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Park and Resource Management

Offered by: Parks and Conservation

If you have a passion for majestic peaks, roaring rivers, or relaxing beaches, and the state and national parks that protect them, then the Parks and Resource Management major at SRU will take you where you want to go.

Why Choose Park and Resource Management?

Protecting our nation's wild and scenic areas in a natural setting is essential work.  If you enjoy working with people in the great outdoors and are ready for exciting challenges like wild land firefighting and emergency medicine, the major in Park and Resource Management will lay the foundation for your rewarding career.

What Will You Learn?

Park management has many dimensions and SRU provides the tools you need to excel in park interpretation, natural history, visitor services, administration, and resource management and protection. Practicum experiences and cooperative adventures give you hands-on experience, and 12-week internship in a national or state park or similar venue will ensure that you enter the field with the practical knowledge that will make you stand out among other candidates.

Careers In Park and Resource Management

As a major in Park and Resource Management, your career path can include work as a Park Ranger, Park Manager, Protection Ranger, Park Interpreter, or Natural Resource Technician.  You may find yourself working any number of state and federal land management agencies including PA Bureau of State Parks, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, or the Bureau of Land Management, to name a few.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Park Ranger Society (PRS)
  • Environmental Education and Interpretation Club (EEIC)
  • Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR)
  • North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • National Association of Interpretation (NAI)