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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Natural Resource Management

A major in Natural Resource Management (NRM) prepares students for careers bridging Human and environmental systems. Coursework will prepare students for engagement with the public through environmental education and provide the tools to take part in the decision-making process regarding the use or protection of our natural systems.  In a combination of classroom and hands-on learning, students will gain the knowledge needed to manage human interactions with the natural world in parks and protected areas and through natural resource organizations.

On average, 91% of students in this major have acquired employment or enrolled in graduate or professional school within 6 months of graduation with an average starting salary of $38k. In a typical year, 6% of NRM grads go directly into graduate or professional school.

Within the Natural Resource Management major, students may choose 1 of the following 2 specializations in which to focus:

Parks and Recreation- This specialization provides students with training in environmental education and interpretation, program planning, and management of a natural environment for conservation and the use of the public.  Students can subspecialize in Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife, Soil and Water, Visitor Service, or Zoo Science and Management.

Natural Resource Administration and Management- This specialization is designed for students who would like to pursue a career in conservation through the administration and management of public or non-profit organizations.  Students can subspecialize in Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife, Soil and Water, Visitor Service, or Zoo Science and Management.

View Natural Resource Management major requirements here.

Selection of positions acquired by recent grads:
Groundsman and Climber Apprentice, Ahlum and Arbor Tree Preservation, Ohio
Corpsmember, California Conservation Corps, California
Park Ranger, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Naturalist, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio
Law Enforcement Clerk, ODNR, Ohio
Intermittent Wildlife Research Technician, ODNR - Division of Wildlife, Ohio
Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Unknown
Animal Husbandry Technician, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Education Specialist, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Head Camp Counselor/ Camp Administrator, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Naturalist, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Heart of Africa Regional Assistant, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio
Grower, Jorgensen Farms, Ohio
Soil Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service, South Dakota
Assistant Mountain Instructor, North Carolina Outward Bound School, North Carolina
Naturalist Aide, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio
Environmental Technician, Sands Decker CPS Engineering Firm, Ohio
Medical Service Corps Officer, US Army Puerto Rico National Guard, Puerto Rico
Wildland Firefighter, US Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Hydrologic Technician, US Geological Survey, Ohio
Aquatic Specialist, AQUA DOC Lake and Pond Management, Ohio
Source Water Protection, City of Columbus, Ohio
ZooKids Instructor, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio
Entry Level Environmental Engineer, CSE Engineering & Consulting, Ohio
Forestry Technician, Glacier National Park- Department of Interior, Montana
Preserve Coordinator, North Central Ohio Land Conservancy Inc., Ohio
Recreation and Natural Areas Program Coordinator, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, Oregon
Sustainability Coordinator- Office of Business Advancement, The Ohio State University, Ohio

Full employment and graduate school outcome reports are available here.