West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Park Management

Applied Arts and Sciences
Room 1C

Park Management Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Chris Cruz
Kim Aufhauser

Associate Faculty

John Carnes
Bill Dall
Mike Durfee
Michelle Guzdek
Elizabeth Hammack
Alex Leman
Eric Mc Farland
Heidi Mc Farland
Tadashi Moody
Derek Neumann
Jeff Panetta
Matt Price

Degrees & Certificates

A.S. Degree

emphasis in:
 Park Management


 Park Management
Transfer Information:
Info about transfer
and/or links

Degree Requirements
and Course Descriptions

Department Chair:
Chris Cruz
Division: Applied Arts and Sciences

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Park Management Department: 

Started in 1970, our unique program maintains excellence and relevance by continuously evolving.  We listen to our industry partners and work with local, county, regional, state and federal park and resource agencies to ensure we provide cutting edge GIS technology and the latest in land management methods, strategies, and processes.  

The Program meets the needs of three different groups of students. The typical career-oriented college student, the professional wishing a career change and the established park professional.  The latter enroll in our Program courses to enhance their skills, obtain in-service training and comply with changing professional standards.

Each group is able to find the path suitable to meet their needs. In addition to our full academic and field program we provide in-service training that includes: four-wheel drive operations and safety, power winch operations, ranger operations and legal updates, low and high angle technical rescue, GIS, remote sensing, wildland fire suppression, emergency medical response, wilderness first responder, and wilderness navigation. 

Public land managers recognize the West Valley College Park Management Program as being one of the few outstanding programs that produce quality graduates in the field of Park Management. Faculty are continually rewarded with letters and phone calls from park managers who hire Park Management students and alumni for seasonal and full-time positions.

Transfer Preparation:

Those that want to continue on with your college education after our program, we have four articulation agreements that will get you jump started at CSU-Humboldt, CSU-San Jose State, CSU-Chico State, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of our program find employment at all types and all levels of city, county, regional, state, and federal agencies. These lands include urban parks, open space districts, state parks and preserves, and federal forests, parks and wilderness areas.


Our faculty are working professionals that are here to provide you the best possible experience.  They are experts in their discipline and excellent educators making your course lively, interactive and engaging.  


The Park Management Department maintains a 'smart' classroom (AAS-37) and the GIS computer lab at West Valley College and a full maintenance and field support facility at Sanborn County Park.     


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