Natural Resource Management Degree Program

The Natural Resource Management degree program at Colorado Mountain College will give you the knowledge and skills you need

Make a difference.

The Natural Resource Management program at CMC Leadville connects field-based experiential learning with paid internship opportunities. Students are exposed to a variety of career paths and graduate with valuable applied experience.

The Natural Resource Management Field Institute collaborates with the academic program to offer paid internship opportunities. Students contribute to environmental project while being individually mentored by Field professionals and networking directly with collaborators at state and federal agencies.

Join a close-knit community of students, staff, and faculty whose passion for environmental science extends beyond the classroom. Explore historic mining districts, learn about your watershed, and make surrounding wilderness areas your outdoor classroom. Experienced instructors help students gain fundamental knowledge and experience in a breadth of physical and life sciences.

Environmental Career Paths

Graduates begin their education towards rewarding careers in private industry and government.

Colorado’s environmental job market is strong and growing. The Natural Resource Management program exposes students to a breadth of opportunities and potential careers. Discover your passions and gain experience to effectively navigate the dynamic job market.

Professional Connections

An interdisciplinary team of environmental professionals from government, academia, and private industry comprise the advisory board for the Natural Resource Management academic program. The advisory board keeps the NRM program on the forefront of natural resource management. Students work closely with instructors and project partners, building professional connections through networking opportunities.

Graduates & Careers

Our experiential learning approach prepares graduates to transfer to a four-year undergraduate institution, work as an entry level Field Technician, or complete a Bachelor’s degree at CMC. These students find careers in the areas of:

  • Hydrology
  • Forestry
  • Fishery and Wildlife Biology
  • Rangeland Management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
  • Geology
  • Watershed Science


See answers to the frequently asked questions about the Natural Resource Management program.

FAQ / Natural Resource Management


Paid Internships

The NRM Field Institute has excellent paid internship opportunities.

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Student Technicians

Natural Resource Management students take advantage of summer field work opportunities. 

Meet the Student Technicians

Christy Cleaver

“The NRM program at CMC exposed me to an abundance of interests involving our natural world and gave me the confidence needed to continue to pursue my education.”

Christy Cleaver transferred to Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Biology and Natural Resource Management. After hiking the Appalachian Trail, she is attending Colorado State University’s graduate program in Ecology, studying Forest Pathology. She is now a Plant Pathologist with the U.S. Forest Service.

Jacqueline Kniss

“NRM and CMC are great because you learn and gain experience in the best environment possible through the amazing faculty, industry equipment, field work and networking opportunities in the program.”

Jacqueline Kniss enrolled in Colorado Mountain College’s Natural Resource Management Technician program after earning a bachelor’s degree at another college in order to gain more practical, hands on experience in her field. After graduating from CMC in 2012, she was hired by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, where she is working on a study of bighorn sheep survival rates in the Arkansas River Valley.

Outdoor/Environmental Brochure

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure: NRM Field Technician Certificate

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.