Find great outdoor careers through the Natural Resource Management degree program. Graduate Jackie Kniss works for the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, studying bighorn sheep and lamb survival rates in the Arkansas River Valley.

Natural Resource Management

A hands-on environmental education in the heart of the Rocky Mountains

Get more real-life experience in a beautiful mountain environment that’s worth protecting. High-alpine forests and meadows that explode with wildflowers. Complex riparian and wetland environments. Rushing river valleys and flourishing streams. Get ready to explore and learn in the pristine landscapes that surround our campus.

Put your passion to work and start a career in:

  • Natural resources
  • Geology
  • Watershed science
  • Geography
  • Fishery and wildlife biology
  • Forestry
  • Rangeland science and ecology

You’re concerned about the environment. Want to do more than write your congressman about it? The Natural Resource Management degree program at Colorado Mountain College will give you the knowledge and skills you need to make a real difference.

Timberline Field Institute

In addition to the hands-on curriculum and outstanding scenery, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a paid internship. The Timberline Field Institute program connects students with governmental and private clients throughout Colorado.

It’s not just an internship, it’s a program where students can get a paid job as a field technician working on real projects with real client deliverables. It’s your chance to work on an active assessment and remediation project, an experience that will set you apart with potential employers.

If you’d like to extend your education, the Natural Resource Management curriculum is designed to transfer to four-year degree programs at Western State Colorado University and Colorado Mesa University.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Natural Resource Management (AAS)

Certificates: Field Technician

Locations: Leadville

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

Internships: Offered through the Natural Resource Management Student Internship


Download the Outdoor/Environmental Brochure (pdf)

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands and Waters under special permits and agreements from the U.S. Forest Service , U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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What Natural Resource Management Careers are Available?

Our hands-on approach to learning Natural Resource Management prepares you to enter the job market immediately following graduation, to transfer to a four-year institution, or stay right here and complete a Bachelors degree in Sustainability Studies or Business.

Can work as Field Technicians in fields such as:

  • Hydrology
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife
  • Range Management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

What classes will I take?

See the full curriculum with class descriptions on the Colorado Mountain College online catalog.

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How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District** $57 $855
In-State*** $107 $1,605
Out-of-State $373 $5,596

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $103 $1,545
CMC Service Area $103 $1,545
Western States (WUE) $160.50 $2,407.50

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program See the Gainful Employment Disclosure for the NRM Field Technician Certificate