Recreation Resource Management

About the Major

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 and this page will not be updated as of 1/1/18.

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 Entry Level 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 Internship and Volunteer Contacts

In addition to finding current job and internship openings, use GoldPASS to search info and contacts for students' previously completed internships related to this major (to get ideas and contact information- not to get a list of openings). Select "Job Search"> "Internship Agreement Database."

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

  • PDF iconMaster List of Recreation Resource Management Career Resources
  • A-Z Index
    Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.
  • Environmental Career Opportunities
    Lists environmental job vacancies from all sectors of the job-market specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources jobs and internships nationwide. User ID: spccc/Password: umn
  • 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.
    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).