Environmental Resource Mgmt

Environmental Resource Mgmt

ermEnvironmental Resource Management

Instructor: Max Van Houten
email: mvanhouten@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595 ext. 408

The Environmental Resource Management program introduces students to environmental science and natural resources-related skills and careers. Classroom study includes theory of environmental systems, GIS/GPS mapping and surveying; land use, water and soil systems, forest management, and engineering, including the safe and effective use of power and hand tools, equipment and technology. The program provides focused field labs and project- oriented activities, plus applied demonstrations, guest speakers, and field trips to businesses.

College Credit and Industry Certifications: Students completing the program can earn three college credits at Paul Smith’s College in Introduction to Environmental Science, as well as dual enrollment credits from CCV, University of Maine, and Unity College. They will also complete training and assessment for the Game of Logging (the premier forestry safety and land use practices training); as well as earn OSHA 10, First Aid, Tractor Safety, and Wildland Fire Fighting Certification.

After the Program: Graduates are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program. Past students have attended Paul Smith’s College, State University of New York, Castleton State College, Unity College, Sterling College, and University of Vermont. Students have also accepted jobs immediately following graduation in GIS mapping and environmental law; and as arborists, farmers, land use specialists, sugar makers, sawmill operators, landscape designers, surveyors, and outdoor power equipment operators.

Interests and Attitudes: Students applying to the program should possess an interest in exploring careers in agriculture, engineering, arboriculture, forestry, nurseries, surveying, and landscaping; an ability to think independently by evaluating and making decisions through investigation of data; a desire to take initiative and work to their full potential; a commitment to taking responsibility for their behavior and work assignments; and a desire to work both outdoors and in a laboratory environment.