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The Department of Environment and Society

The Recreation Resource Management degree prepares students for careers in managing outdoor recreation settings. Students who pursue this degree might work in a visitor center or as an interpreter at a public forest or rangeland, state or national park, or wilderness area.

Other students work in tourism and recreation businesses. Because these jobs require an understanding of both the land itself and the people who visit these areas, this degree offers a solid foundation in both the biological and social sciences.

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What is Recreation Resource Management?

Recreation Resource Management involves managing lands to accommodate recreational uses as well as interpreting the natural values of these lands to recreation visitors. Recreation resource managers play a vital role in maintaining the multiple use of our public lands and must have good people skills as well as a solid understanding of natural resources.

What type of students study Recreation Resource Management?

Students who …

  • Love to be outdoors.
  • Have good outdoor skills and want to use them to help others.
  • Like to work with people.
  • Are interested in the sustainable use of natural places.
  • Want to prepare for a professional career, or for graduate study, law school or an MBA.

What do Recreation Resource Management majors study?

Recreation Resource Management majors receive a background in biological sciences including courses in wildlife and fish diversity, plants, and ecology. Most of their focus is on the human dimensions of natural resources, including planning and management; environmental interpretation; sociology and psychology of recreation; and environmental economics, history and law.

What type of jobs do graduates get?

  • Recreation managers and planners with state or federal agencies.
  • Park rangers in a wide variety of outdoor settings, including national forests and rangelands, state and national parks, wilderness areas.
  • Recreation professionals for organizations that promote or manage different types of recreational uses of our lands, ranging from trail riding to rock climbing.
  • Interpreting natural, cultural, and historic resources, environmental education and communication.

Where are our graduates now?

  • Assistant manager, Huntington, Millsite and Scofield state parks (Class of 2007)
  • Law enforcement officer, Forest Service, Escalante, UT (Class of 2008)
  • Outdoor adventure coordinator, residential treatment high school (Class of 2009)
  • Park ranger, Bureau of Land Management, Moab (Class of 2006)
  • Recreation planner, Bureau of Land Management, Richfield, UT (Class of 2006)
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