Natural Resource Conservation

What Is Natural Resource Conservation?

Natural Resources are the things like air, water, oil, gas, and coal, that occur naturally within our environment.  They are not made by human beings.  Water and air are used for our survival as living creatures, but the rest are used to make our lives better and more convenient.  As the world populations grows, the need for these natural resources grows to the extent that they are becoming more scarce every year.  Conservation and management of these resources is very important, especially at this stage in the history of the world.  Experts in the field need to be trained in a broad range of topics related to natural resources, focusing on the biological, physical, and social sciences and how to manage the environment.  They will probably study some specialty field like geographic information, forests, rangeland ecology, recreation, watershed or wildlife management; this field will direct them to the work they will do. What is that work?  Often, it’s monitoring land-based activities to make sure that they meet government regulation while also helping to balance the needs of all—farmers, consumers, and land owners.

Do you feel passionately about the environment?  Do you want to work to preserve it for future generations while maximizing how our resources can be used in the most efficient ways?  If so, you may be tailor-made for this field.  Some jobs that you might prepare for are Environmental Resource Educator, Natural Resource Manager, Forester; Environmental Consultant Wildlife/Fishery Manager, Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician, or Environmental Policy Analyst.

What Degrees Relate to Careers in Natural Resource Conservation?