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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.

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Common Job Titles

- Environmental Educator
- Environmentalist
- Naturalist
- 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)

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