Conservation & Natural Resource Officer Training
The Conservation and Natural Resource Officer (CNRO) Program is a one-year, dual-certificate program that combines the Lackawanna College Police Academy with a 15-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, an official transcript for their environmental courses, and a CNRO Certificate.
The CNRO program will prepare students for entry-level Natural Resource Ranger and Interpreter positions in federal, state, county, and municipal park systems. Students can also transfer their environmental courses into a two- or four-year environmental studies program.
This program was designed in consultation with Paul Ashford, a retired Chief Ranger from the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks Operations Section of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
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.
This unique, one-year, duel-certificate program combines the Lackawanna College Police Academy’s, 785.5-hour MPOETC Act 120 Police Academy training with 15 credits of environmental science. This partnership additionally qualifies students for Law Enforcement Ranger positions as well as work with municipal police departments. The overall academic objectives of the Police Academy include an understanding of an 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.
The CNRO environmental curriculum focuses on the conservation and interpretation of our natural environment. Students will gain hands-on experience in the basic principles of conservation through specific courses designed to develop the student’s knowledge of Northeast United States flora and fauna. The program includes instruction in subjects such as environmental interpretation, wildlife management, freshwater ecosystems, dendrology, ornithology, and recreational use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Students will experience both classroom and hands-on field training throughout the program.
The CNRO program is set to begin in January 2016 at the Hazelton Center or in February 2016 at the Scranton campus for the Police Academy. The Police Academy is followed by a 16-week fall semester at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, which is centered on 211 acres in Covington Township.