CMC's Natural Resource Management Degree Program Stands Out Among Natural Resource Colleges

Colorado Mountain College combines a spectacular location, working lab facilities and experienced faculty for a robust program

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.

Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship Awarded Forester’s Honor


At the Regional Forester’s Honor Award ceremony: Nathan L. Stewart, Program Director and Associate Prof of Sustainability Studies; Autumn Grennier, Rocky Mountain Land Management Fellow serving White River National Forest; Brian Ferebee, Regional Forester for the Rocky Mountain Region; Eric Ganshert, Rocky Mountain Land Management Fellow serving Routt National Forest.

Awarded for Innovation

The Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship (RMLMI), Colorado Mountain College’s U.S. Forest Service internship program, has been recognized for its innovation.

The USDA/U.S. Forest Service awarded the RMLMI Program the Regional Forester’s Honor Award for its innovative work in creating and implementing the CMC-Forest Service program and partnership on March 14, 2018.

CMC’s delegation to the awards ceremony includes two current RMLMI fellows, Eric Ganshert of CMC Steamboat Springs and Autumn Grennier of CMC Spring Valley; Nathan Stewart, Program Director and Assoc. Professor of Sustainability Studies; and Ed Chusid, Grants Coordinator.

This summer, interns will embark on 960 hours of field work, research, and training, in service to the White River and Routt National Forests.

Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship

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

Field Technician Certificate Option

The Natural Resource Management offers a certificate in addition to the Associate in Applied Science degree. The Field Technician Certificate is a 25 credit hour curriculum for individuals who already have a degree and/or are seeking to build their skill base for employment. See Curriculum for more details.

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure for Natural Resource Management: Field Technician (certificate program only)


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.

More about Internships


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.