Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management

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Environmental careers are among those projected to experience considerable growth in the coming decades. The Natural Resource Management (NRM) program provides a broad-based introduction to the various environmental fields and is delivered by instructors with professional experience in wildlife biology, outdoor recreation and environmental interpretation. 

 

The Natural Resources Management curriculum includes the following courses:

Outdoor Skills

Wildlife of New England

Fisheries Biology

Marine Biology

Land Navigation

Forestry

Habitat Management

Watershed Management

Museum Opperations

Environmental Interpretation

Ornithology

 

 

Our campus is the Natural Resource Management program’s greatest asset.  Many, diverse habitats can be found on the 220 acre campus.   In addition to brackish marshes, forests, swamps, meadows, freshwater steams, vernal pools and a freshwater pond the campus is bordered by nearly one kilometer of Taunton River shoreline to the east and the Segreganset River to the west.  Sweets Knoll State Park is located immediately south of the BCAHS main campus and offers more than 50 acres of wild and diverse habitat to explore.  Many species of marine and estuarine organisms can be found in this part of the Taunton River.

 

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NRM Senior Research Project

During the last semester of their senior year all NRM seniors are required to complete a senior research project.  Students are graded on all phases of the project: project proposal, research/field work, research report and slide presentation.  Students have access to all of the NRM division’s tools and equipment (see below).  Creativity is encouraged but safety, professional and scientific standards must be maintained.  Past senior projects have included population estimate surveys of local reptiles and amphibians, energy use audits, environmental opinion polls and bird behavior studies.

 

To understand complex ecosystems one must learn about plants. Native plant identification is learned throughout the year while plant biology is covered in the NRM related courses.  Related courses include:

Ecology

Scientific Methods

Population Biology

Nat. Res. Professionalism

Aquaculture

Environmental Policy

 

Environmental professionals use many tools.  The most important tools are one’s own brain and appropriate outdoor dress. Hiking or work boots are required dress code during all NRM classes.  NRM students will also learn to use the following tools:

Snowshoes

Field Optics

Fish Boards

Dip Nets

Seines

Waders

Flow Meters

Topographic Maps

Compass

Global Positioning System

Radio Telemetry Gear

Field Guides

Rock Climbing Equipment

Kayaks & Canoes

Increment Borers

Outboard Motor Boats

Live Traps

Calipers & Scales

 

 

 

Careers in Natural Resource Management

Careers in natural resource management are continually growing and changing particularly as the pressure on these vital resources increases.  Many choices and directions arise almost daily.  Career opportunities for entry level technicians exist in the following fields:

*Water Quality Technology

Solid Waste Management

*Outdoor Recreation Equipment Sales 

*Environmental Interpretations

Eco-tourism

Commercial Aquaculture

*State Park/Forest Staff

National Park/Forest Staff

 

Environmental careers are increasingly technical and popular.  Therefore additional education/training may be required in order to achieve the following positions:

Forester or Botanist

*Marine Biologist

Environmental Remediation Technician

Environmental Journalist

*Conservation Agents

Environmental Police Officer

*Environmental Interpreter

*Wildlife Technician/Biologist

*Outdoor Recreation Instructor

*Outdoor Tour Leader

*Zoo, Aquarium and/or Museum Staff

Ecologist

* Indicates positions held by Bristol Aggie NRM graduates.

 

The Bristol Aggie NRM Department works cooperatively with several partners.  These cooperative research and species management projects allow NRM students to engage in real-world, hands-on conservation work as part of their daily high school experience.  Such opportunities provide lessons not attainable in a traditional classroom and help to build a robust student resume.  To date the Bristol Aggie NRM Department has partnered with Oxbow Associates, Inc., the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Save the Bay, the Turtle Survival Alliance, Roger Williams University, and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory/University of Georgia.  Please see the Bristol Aggie NRM Department Portfolio for addition information about these projects and more.