Introduction to the Natural Resource Conservation Associate in Arts (AA) - University Transfer Program

This program of study offers the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program in forestry, wildlife ecology or resource conservation. Working in close cooperation with an academic advisor, Natural Resource Conservation students prepare programs of study according to their educational career goals, or they follow one of several specialized options. Natural Resource Conservation graduates find employment in government agencies, consulting firms and environmental education programs. This program was developed with agreement from several leading universities in forest studies including the University of Florida, Auburn University, University of Georgia and Mississippi State University. Two plus two scholarships between Pensacola State College and the University of Florida are also available each year to graduating high school seniors.

Students should consult with an advisor at the college or university they plan to attend for the specific courses recommended by that institution. We strongly encourage you to contact the Pensacola State College Biological Sciences Department for assistance in planning your program of study. If you plan to transfer to the University of Florida, Milton Campus, please contact Rita Thrasher, Associate Professor Biological Sciences, (850) 484-4473 or UF Academic Programs (850) 983-5216 to make sure you meet UF preadmission requirements.

Occupations

Soil and Water Conservationist

Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.

Range Manager

Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

Park Naturalist

Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.

Forester

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber’s worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Environmental Scientist and Specialist, Including Health

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Other Occupations

  • Forestry and Conservation Science Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Environmental Science Teacher, Postsecondary


Employment Trends

For more information regarding first-year earnings for degree completers and student debt accumulation download or view the Economic Security Report of Employment and Earning Outcomes Click Here, published by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties
Occupation
Foresters
2015 Cur. Openings
14
2023 Prj. Openings
14
Est. Annual Openings
0.4
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$
Occupation
First-Line Superv. of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Workers
2015 Cur. Openings
33
2023 Prj. Openings
31
Est. Annual Openings
0.8
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$47,992.33
All Florida Counties
Occupation
Foresters
2015 Cur. Openings
387
2023 Prj. Openings
419
Est. Annual Openings
15.4
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$51,517.19
Occupation
Forestry & Conservation Teachers, Postsecondary
2015 Cur. Openings
111
2023 Prj. Openings
126
Est. Annual Openings
3.5
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$122,306.39
Occupation
First-Line Superv. of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Workers
2015 Cur. Openings
2716
2023 Prj. Openings
2604
Est. Annual Openings
57.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$43,487.18


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