Recreational Resource Management
Please note: The Recreational Resource Management (RRM) major has transitioned to the Park and Protected Area Management specialization within the Forest and Natural Resource Management major. The coursework, career preparation, and emphasis of the Park and Protected Area Management specialization is similar to the old RRM major. As of Spring 2013, RRM no longer accepts new students.
About the Major
A Recreation Resource Management major prepares you for a career in management of scenic and recreation resources on private, state and federal lands, ranging from developed recreation sites to primitive wilderness lands, wild rivers and national parks. The curriculum emphasizes natural and managed non-urban areas; natural resources-oriented recreation programs in public and private sectors; social science aspects of natural resources use; and skills in communication, planning, and management. The Resource Based Tourism track of this major focuses on managing the businesses and visitors who depend on these resources for recreation and revenue.
Common Job Titles
- Environmental Educator
- Eco-Travel Consultant
Wildlife Tourism Advisor
- Park Ranger
- Recreation Facility Manager
- Wilderness/Adventure Guide
- Natural Heritage Recreation Officer
Types of Employers
- Government agencies/parks
- Resorts/hospitality related
- Nature/conservation centers
- Tourism boards/offices
Alumni Job Titles and Career Profiles
Salary and Employment Statistics of Recent Graduates
Words of Advice from Recent Graduates (pdf)
Below you will find our top picks for professional associations and job search sites for this industry.
- A-Z Index
Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.
- Environmental Career Opportunities
Click for the password to Environmental Career Opportunities, specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources jobs and internships nationwide.
- International Ecotourism Certificate
The U of MN is one of only five institutions offering this unique opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of ecotourism and sustainable development.
- International Ecotourism Society
Information on ecotourism, research, training/education, and job opportunities.
- National Park Service
Job postings, articles and resources related to the field of Recreation Resource Management.
Collection of the best job resources for hospitality, tourism, and travel careers.
- State of Minnesota
The official site for the State of Minnesota government careers (including Dept. of Natural Resources, Minnesota Zoological Garden, Agriculture Dept., Explore Minnesota Tourism, Pollution Control Agency, Water and Resources Board).
- Student Conservation Association
Internships and jobs available in conservation-related areas in all 50 states.
The official job site of the United States government (though not all agencies post their jobs on it—be sure to search specific agencies job postings).
- Water-Related Job Postings on National Water Program
Job posting board specifically for jobs related to water resources nationwide.
- Master List of RRM Career Resources (pdf)