Conservation is concerned with the management of Earth’s natural resources for sustained utilization, and since these resources are varied and complex, students interested in the field of conservation have many opportunities for developing their professional careers.
Students can take a broad academic approach and pursue careers in the more holistic types of occupations such as:
- A county conservationist
- Interpretive naturalist for a private or public nature center
- Conservation warden, enforcing environmental regulations
Another approach would be to specialize in a specific area of conservation, which would enable the student to develop careers in areas such as:
- Soil conservation
- Watershed management
- Wildlife or fisheries management
- Solid waste management
- Ecosystem restoration
- Park management
The field of conservation provides many opportunities for students to develop careers that will match their particular interests and abilities.
The conservation major is designed to meet the academic needs of students interested in a career dealing with the management of our natural environment. The major has the flexibility to accommodate interests in general natural resource management, soil and water conservation, environmental education, forest or wildlife management, environmental regulations or law enforcement, and the like, depending on the students course selection of directed and general electives.
Hands-on learning is an important part of a student's education at River Falls. There are a variety of campus organizations that a conservation student may want to participate, including:
- Earth Consciousness Organization (ECO)
- Resource Management Club
- Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture (SALSA)