Environmental Occupations

Environmental Occupations

 
The Environmental Occupations program prepares students for employment and advancement in the exciting and ever-expanding fields of natural resource conservation, environmental education, park maintenance, outdoor recreation, and ranger services. Students graduate with the edge necessary to compete for entry-level jobs or for entering a two or four-year college.

Willowbrook

This program occupies a 181 acre environmental education center for student use and training. This land laboratory includes two ponds, a woodland stream, wetlands, prairie, miles of trails, 80 acres of mature woods, and state of the art instructional facilities. This bounty of natural resources enriches each student's learning experience. 

Our Grads in the Workforce

Upper Valley Career Center Environmental Occupations graduates are currently working across the state in the following places and careers:
  • State & County Parks
  • Golf Courses
  • Landscaping
  • Tree Trimming
  • Surveyors
  • Nature Centers
  • Garden Centers
  • Lawn Care Companies 

Yellowstone

Environmental Occupations students also enjoy the opportunity to attend a 10-day field study trip to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Montana and Wyoming. This once in a lifetime trip is exposes the students to vast expanse and beauty of our national parks, as well as all the wide range of occupations that are available in this line of work. 
 

APPLY

Applications for the 2019 - 20 school year will be available to those attending the Career Center Open House on Thursday, November 29 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

The online application will open to all others at approximately 8:00 am on Friday, November 30.
We encourage students with high interest in a particular program to attend the open house and complete their application during that time.

Entry-Level Careers

  • Park Maintenance Technician
  • Tree Service Worker
  • Soil Conservation Aide
  • Park Naturalist’s Aide

Advanced Career Opportunities

  • Park Ranger
  • Park Naturalist
  • Surveyor
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Park Manager
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Wildlife or Fisheries technician
  • Environmental Education Instructor

Certifications Earned

  • Hunter Safety
  • Trapper
  • Ohio Safe Boating
  • Skid Steer Training 
  • Chainsaw Operator
  • Tractor and Implements Operator
  • ATV Rider

From our Graduates

"Environmental Occupations is the foundation for everything in my park/forestry career. The training has helped me obtain my arborist certification as well as my current position as city forester." 
Jeremy Drake, Superintendent
Troy City Parks, Forestry Department 

Colleges to Consider for Further Education

  • Hocking College
  • Edison State Community College
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio State ATI, Wooster
  • Muskingham College 
  • Clark State Community College 

Meet the Instructors

Jim MetzInstructor Level II
metzj@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980 x748
 
Michaella Quinter, Instructor Level I
quinterm@uppervaleycc.org
937.778.8763 x732

Career Technical Student Organization

 
All students of the Ag and Power Technologies program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center FFA program as part of their career-technical education.
 
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