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Do you enjoy working in the outdoors and researching in the field? Are you interesting in working in ranching, agriculture or land management? NWCCD’s Associate of Science in Rangeland Management at Sheridan College and Gillette College is rooted in applied management and ecology and features a hands-on, outdoor-focused curriculum. As a student in the Rangeland Management program, you will learn from award-winning faculty and leading industry professionals, preparing you for a career in natural resources.
From the shrublands of Wyoming to the wetlands and grasslands of states like Florida, there are more than 700 million acres of rangelands in the U.S., according to the Forest Service. With the wide variety of rangelands across the map, including deserts, woodlands, and tundras, rangeland managers and ecologists hold several job titles in the public and private sectors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics predicts that from 2016-2026 nearly 9,900 jobs will be added to the field of environmental scientists, an increase of 11%. The Bureau also predicts steady job growth for agriculture-related fields, including conservation scientists and foresters.
The NWCCD Rangeland Management program will prepare you to pursue a four-year degree or a job in fields such as rangeland ecology and management, ranch land stewardship, wildlife management, restoration ecology, and environmental consulting.
Opportunities for job placements and field research are integral to our Rangeland Management students.
Our NWCCD Associate of Science Degree in Rangeland Management will teach you how to manage diverse rangelands. We believe in hands-on, experiential learning at NWCCD. That’s why you will spend time in the field, researching and learning from faculty members, as well as national, state, and local agencies, that partner with NWCCD to help our students learn what it takes to be successful. A few of these agencies include the USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Wyoming Game and Fish, and Sheridan County Conservation District. You will take courses such as range plant identification and farm ranch business management. You will also have the opportunity to compete in the Wyoming Society for Range Management’s annual Rangeland Cup. Our students have also competed on the national level, excelling at the Society for Range Management conference and the National Post-secondary Agriculture Student Organization conference, traveling to California, Florida, Minnesota, and more.
The Rangeland Management program includes a practicum, where students work 40 hours throughout one semester with a natural resources agency of their choice. Through the practicum, students learn and work on real-time current field projects. Students have presented research at annual meetings for the Wyoming Association for Conservation Districts.
NWCCD’s Associate of Science in Rangeland Management program allows students join the workforce as field technicians or transfer to four-year universities, including the University of Wyoming, to pursue Bachelor’s degrees.
Through our Rangeland Management practicum, students spend valuable field time with professionals, earning real-world experiences. You can, too.
At NWCCD, we have a rich tradition in Agriculture. NWCCD began as an Agriculture-focused community college in the late 1940s. Today, more than half a century later, our commitment to Agriculture education is as strong as ever. We value Agriculture education here at NWCCD and invest in our programs to help prepare you to succeed in today’s economy.
Our Agriculture faculty are enthusiastic, well-liked and approachable. They will make sure you learn the foundational skills to pursue higher education or find a job following graduation. NWCCD’s strong relationships with local and national industries in rangeland management, wildlife management and agriculture present students unique opportunities to expand their college experiences.
Interested in taking the classroom to the outdoors as a Rangeland Management student? Apply now!