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Recreational Resource Management

Please note: As of May 13, 2013, Recreational Resource Management has been discontinued. Resources remaining in the RRM section of this website are intended for students currently in the program.

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. Read more about the major.

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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
  organizations

- 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 and Job Seeker
    Specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources job vacancies nationwide. (The St. Paul Campus Career Center subscribes to these 2 databases of environmental and natural resources jobs and internships.)
  • 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.
  • Quintcareers
    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.
  • USAJOBS
    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.
  • Additional Resources (pdf)