Conservation and Natural Resource Police Training
The Conservation and Natural Resource Police Program is a general program that focuses on the studies and activities relating to the natural environment and its conservation, use and improvement. The program includes instruction in subjects such as climate, air, soil, water, land fish and wildlife and plant resources; in the basic principles of environmental science and natural resources management; and the recreational and economic uses of renewable and non-renewable natural resources.
This one-year certificate works concurrently with the Lackawanna College Police Academy’s 785.5-hour MPOETC training. The overall academy objectives include an understanding of the police officer’s role in a democratic society including concerns for the ethical and rightful use of authority and police powers, law enforcement, and order maintenance. Academy courses operate based on the full-time schedule.
The Police Academy curriculum will be followed by a 16-week, 15-credit semester at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Covington Township. These natural resource police training courses are designed to prepare students for entry level Natural Resource Ranger and Interpreter positions in federal, state, county, and municipal park systems. These three credit courses include:
- Park and Forest Environmental Interpretation and Management
- Intro to Pennsylvania Wildlife Management
- Pennsylvania Dendrology and Wildflower
- North American Birds and Birds of Prey Identification
- Intro to Wetlands and Fisheries
Participants will experience an education based in the classroom and in a hands-on learning environment.
The job placement rate is approximately 75 percent and, according to CNN Money, half of the Park Ranger positions in the Northeastern United States could become vacant in the next 5 years including positions in inner cities where Rangers protect our national heritage.