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    Lackawanna CollegeContinuing EducationConservation & Natural Resource Officer Certificate

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    Conservation & Natural Resource Officer Certificate

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    The Conservation and Natural Resource Officer (CNRO) Program is a one-year, dual certificate program that combines the Lackawanna College Police Academy with a 16-credit, undergraduate level, environmental semester at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township, Pa.

    Upon graduation, students will receive a Police Academy certificate, a CNRO Certificate, and a transcript showing completion of their undergraduate coursework.

    The CNRO program will prepare students for entry-level Natural Resource Ranger and Interpreter positions in the state, county, and municipal park systems. Students can also transfer their field biology courses into a two- or four-year environmental studies program. Lackawanna College Police Academy’s, 785.5-hour MPOETC Act 120 Police Academy training additionally qualifies students for Law Enforcement Ranger positions and positions within municipal police departments.

    According to CNN Money, “Half the park ranger positions in the Northeastern United States could become vacant in the next five years due to an aging population.” Sources estimate that 15 to 20 park ranger positions in the Northeastern United States will be available to qualified candidates each year. The starting annual salary for this position is $34,000.

    The program begins with a spring semester of MPOETC Act 120 Police Academy which can be taken at the Scranton campus or Hazleton center.

    During the fall semester, students will take five field biology courses at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, which is located on 211-acres of diverse habitat in Covington Twp. The CNRO field biology curriculum focuses on the conservation and interpretation of our natural environment. It will cover the basic principles of conservation through specific courses designed to develop the student’s knowledge of Northeast United States flora and fauna and the recreational use of renewable and non-renewable resources. Students will experience both classroom and hands-on field training throughout in the following courses:

    • Park Management & Environmental Interpretation
    • Wildlife Management
    • Dendrology & Wildflowers
    • Field Ornithology
    • Freshwater Ecosystems

    Students may take the fall semester field biology courses at the LCEEC or the Police Academy separately, but individuals interested in becoming Pennsylvania DCNR Rangers are encouraged to take both.

    Applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2017 semester and financial aid is available. For more information about the program please contact Sharon Yanik-Craig at (570) 842-1506 or email at yaniks@lackawanna.edu

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