The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Watershed Management Skills Certificate is designed for individuals who have a background or experience in natural resources, and who wish to acquire specific skills and knowledge necessary for successful job performance in the field of watershed management.
Watershed technicians assist in data collection and flora and fauna inventory and watershed restoration projects. Typical duties relate to the compiling of technical data and entry into computer database systems. Students in this field typically further their career in areas such as fish and wildlife management or the biological sciences. Students completing the Watershed Management Competency Certificate can expect to find jobs with county, state and federal agencies as well as non-profit watershed restoration and fisheries projects. They may also develop watershed plans, conduct watershed education, or work as river and field technicians, watershed technicians, or fish and game biology field technicians.
Population growth and the diverse resources base in California have created a demand for individuals trained in the principles of watershed management. This program is designed to equip individuals with skills to make a positive impact on the sustainable use of natural resources.
For more information see the Agriculture Department website.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Identify and discuss the physical and biological processes of watersheds;
- examine and identify fundamental concepts of the hydrologic cycle;
- recommend principles for protection, management, and monitoring watersheds in California;
- measure, monitor, and assess watershed health in North Coast and other regional streams;
- identify and describe specific habitat factors limiting fish production; and
- identify, evaluate, and develop suitable restoration work plans.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.