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A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

Careers in natural resources conservation are as diverse as the environment itself. Positions bringing graduates to locations from national parks to urban areas include:

  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Wildlife and Fish Technician
  • Land Manager
  • Ranger
  • Nature Center Educator
  • Environmental Conservation Technician
  • Soil and Water Technician

Finger Lakes Community College is one of the most successful colleges in the state of New York at placing graduates in these highly competitive positions. Graduates earning the A.A.S. degree in natural resources conservation hold jobs in the field in more than 25 states and are employed by federal, state, local, and private agencies.

The Program

The natural resources conservation program at FLCC integrates diverse field experiences with classroom study. It will offer you a broad awareness of environmental issues and in addition will provide you with an appreciation of our natural world. Courses in field botany, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, soils, waters and forests, fish and wildlife, and environmental science provide theoretical basis for what is learned outside the classroom.

Furthermore, while enrolled in the program, you will have the opportunity to use industry-standard research technology such as electro-fishing equipment, water quality probes, GIS computer software, and wildlife tracking radio-telemetry devices.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Read, write, integrate and analyze information from multiple resources on a topic in their major.
  • Demonstrate professional competency by identifying plant, fish, mammal and bird species.
  • Speak and present before a group on a topic in their major.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop written, computer generated documents in direct support of a job search.
  • Understand the impact of their behaviors on local, regional and global sustainability.
  • Apply their knowledge of ecological principles.
  • Apply principles of mathematics to solve problems for the management of natural resources.
  • Identify and operate equipment commonly used in the natural resources field.

The Experience

Field Work: Field experience is a major component of the natural resources conservation degree program. You will have the opportunity to apply classroom learning to hands-on exercises at a conservation field camp, at the FLCC Muller Field Station, and on wilderness camping trips in the Adirondack Mountains.

Travel: Travel courses to the Florida Everglades and East Coast Maritime communities enhance the coursework in the program.

Clubs: You will have the opportunity to participate in the FLCC Conservation Club, American Fisheries Society, Finger Lakes Environmental Action, and the FLCC student chapter of the Wildlife Society.

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have successfully transferred to a variety of institutions* including:

  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Cortland, and Cobleskill
  • Cornell University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester
  • Unity College in Maine
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Colorado State University
  • Penn State University
  • Universities of Utah, Montana, and Idaho
  • Northland College in Minnesota

Careers: Graduates of the program hold positions with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, United States Fish and Wildlife Services, and the National Park Service, where they serve as:

  • Fish and Wildlife Technicians
  • Conservation Officers
  • Land Managers
  • Environmental Educators

Others hold positions including:

  • Water Treatment Plants Manager
  • Environmental Risk Manager
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Biologist

The Scholarships

As a natural resources conservation major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • S&S Memorial
  • Robert L. (Rodge) Case Award
  • Robert L. (Rodge) Case Conservation Book Award
  • Arthur Hall Environmental Stewardship
  • FLCC Conservation Faculty Award
  • Francis Finnick Memorial Conservation Award
  • Fraley Family Award

For information on these scholarships, contact a member of the environmental conservation and horticulture department or the financial aid office.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Faculty

Full-time faculty in the environmental conservation and horticulture department offers you a wide range of expertise through their educational and professional backgrounds. Graduate degrees were earned at institutions such as Syracuse University, Utah State University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lehigh University, SUNY Brockport, and the University of New Hampshire. Complementing the decades of experience teaching at the college level, FLCC's faculty has lived and worked from Maine to Hawaii within the conservation field before coming to FLCC. FLCC also boasts well-qualified adjuncts that teach specialty classes, with diverse backgrounds that include resource professionals for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.