Faculty & Staff

Chris Cruz

Chris Cruz

Park Management

Department Contact, Instructor

(408) 741-2622


Village Portables V-1

Courses Taught / Teaching

PKMGT 10 - Introduction to Park Management

PKMGT 11 - Park Communications

PKMGT 12A - Basic Outdoor Skills

PKMGT 13 -   Wildland Fire Suppression (S-110, 130, 190 & L-180)

PKMGT 14 -   Conservation of Natural Resources

PKMGT 15A - Duties of the Park Professional

PKMGT 15B - Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation

PKMGT 15C - Park Maintenance Skills

PKMGT 16A - Intro to Geospatial Technology

PKMGT 16B - Mobile GIS

PKMGT 16C - Spatial Analysis for GIS

PKMGT 16D - Cartographic Design for GIS

PKMGT 16E - Database Design and Management for GIS

PKMGT 16F - GIS Internship

PKMGT 16G - Introduction to Remote Sensing

PKMGT 18 - Park Planning & Design

PKMGT 20A/B - Park Internship

PKMGT 21 - Park Operations Lab

PKMGT 23 - Wildland Powersaws (S-212)

Academic Service

West Valley-Mission Community College District:

Applied Arts and Sciences Division Chair

Park Management Department Chair

Geospatial Technology Program Coordinator

Professional Staff Development Committee Member

Curriculum Committee Member

Accreditation Committee Member

Faculty Tenure Committees

Faculty Hiring Committees

Vasona Creek Restoration Team


2010-CalGETT Remote Sensing Training- California  Workforce Development Grant -$369,000 Principal Investigator

2012-National Science Foundation Grant - Due: 0703185  (iGETT-Remote Sensing)- $534,195 Co-Principal Investigator

2012-13/2013-14 Perkins Grant Awards



B.A. Spanish Culture and Civilization, Indiana University

M.A. Environmental Studies, Prescott College, Arizona

Additional Graduate work, Florida International University


Community Advisory Committee-MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District

Society for Conservation GIS

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

National Park Ranger Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police

Sanborn-Skyline County Park Trail Advisory Committee

National Park Ranger, National Park Service, Full-time 1980-1998, Seasonal 1999-2013 - Duties included Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Response, Interpretation, Maintenance, Resource Management (Bear Management, Bird Banding and Invasive Species Management). Held a variety of positions in Everglades NP, Biscayne NP, and DeSoto NM (Florida), Big Bend NP (Texas), Lake Roosevelt NRA (Washington), Grand Tetons NP (Wyoming), Grand Canyon NP (Arizona), Haleakala NP (Hawaii), Yosemite NP, Lassen Volcanic NP, and Pinnacles NP (California).

Outdoor Recreation Specialist - Bureau of Land Management

Archeological Technician - Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii-Haleakala NP

EMT and Paramedic Instructor - University of Hawaii-Maui College

NREMT-Certified Emergency Medical Technician

Outside Interests

Hawkwatch Volunteer-Golden Gate Raptor Observatory


Extensive hiking and backpacking in the Southern Cascades, Sierras, Rockies and Appalachian Mountains Ranges. 1,000 + miles of hiking in Grand Canyon NP. Whitewater rafting experience on the Snake, Merced, Rio Grande, Colorado (Grand Canyon) and South Fork of the American. Backcountry Skiing, Canoeing and Horse packing. Coach youth sports like soccer, basketball and baseball. Other activities include fly fishing, birdwatching, cycling, climbing and photography. Have travelled all over the US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe.


last published: 3/21/18