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.
Operating a tractor
Reading and interpretation of maps
Guiding nature and museum tours
Using tree-climbing equipment
Using wildlife management skills
Using a chainsaw safely
Conducting prescribed burns
Trimming a tree correctly
Performing water testing
Earning trapper certification
Cutting and splitting firewood
Being environmentally aware
Operating a skid loader
Making maple syrup
Constructing museum exhibits
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.
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 exposes the students to the 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.
All students of the Environmental Occupations program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center FFA program as part of their career-technical education.
"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
Park Maintenance Technician
Tree Service Worker
Soil Conservation Aide
Park Naturalist’s Aide
Water Quality Technician
Wildlife or Fisheries technician
Environmental Education Instructor
Ohio Safe Boating
Skid Steer Training
Tractor and Implements Operator
Upper Valley Career Center Environmental Occupations graduates are currently working across the state in the following places and careers:
State & County Parks
Lawn Care Companies
Edison State Community College
The Ohio State University
Ohio State ATI, Wooster
Clark State Community College