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Conservation Planning & Park Management (B.S.) - Park Administration & Management Specialization

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Manage our state and national parks!

Conservation Planning and Park Management is an interdisciplinary science that trains students to develop conservation strategies at landscape scales. The Park Administration and Management Specialization prepares students for a career in park management, particularly Federal and state government managed facilities. The courses outlined in this specialization are designed to enhance the human management focus needed for this career track.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Like working with conservation minded people
  • Like to be a steward of natural resources
  • Consider yourself an advocate for the environment
  • Have interest in outdoor recreation
  • Enjoy working with people

Career Opportunities

  • Park Manager/Superintendent
  • Park Ranger
  • Conservation and Land Use Planner
  • Refuge Manager
  • Wilderness/backcountry/lodge manager

Recent Employers

  • State and Municipal Departments of Natural Resources
  • National Park Service

Internship Opportunities

  • State and Municipal Departments of Natural Resources
  • National Park Service
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.