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

CAREER PROGRAMS: Park Management

Program Options

  • Associate of Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement (Gainful Employment Disclosure)
  • Geographic Information Science (G.I.S.) - Certificate of Achievement

Program Information

The Park Management Program is a two-year curriculum designed to prepare people for jobs in parks, forests, and open space districts. Our graduates are working throughout the United States, employed as rangers, game officers, maintenance supervisors, naturalists, wildland fire fighters, and park managers. Our faculty has field experience working with the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, California State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local park agencies.

Our students are trained, mainly in the field, in the operations of local, state, and federal parks and forests. Their training includes learning to lead nature walks, provide emergency first aid, participate in search and rescue operations, fight wildland fires, construct and maintain trails, perform park maintenance and construction, assess the environmental impact on the natural resources, GIS and GPS, and identify local plants and animals. Individuals who purse this career have an opportunity to live in scenic areas.

The Park Management faculty assists students in obtaining employment in active field positions. Many students go directly from graduation to working in parks and forests. Others transfer to four-year universities. We have special transfer agreements with select universities, including San Jose State.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement
Park Management 2011  ^
Disclosure year: 2009-2010 academic year

Career Paths

  • Local Park Agencies
  • State Park Departments
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • United States Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Department Chair

Chris Cruz 408.741.2622
email:  chris_cruz@westvalley.edu

Program Requirements

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Park Management Department web site.

Questions about Career Programs? Call 408.741.2098
email: cathy_aimonetti@westvalley.edu
or stop by the Career Programs Center, AAS 35

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