Park and Recreation Management - Park Law Enforcement Option, A.A.S.

This program prepares students to be multi-skilled park and recreation professional with major course emphasis in law enforcement. 

Students will take ACT 120 course off site. Skills acquired include: adventure education, recreation leadership, EMS, search and rescue, environmental interpretation, first aid, law enforcement, forest and wildlife management. Professional certifications obtained upon successful completion of minimum competency standards in specific courses include: ACT 120, First Responder, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Water Rescue and Emergency Response, Ice Rescue and Emergency Response, Advanced Line Systems Rescue, Firefighter Training (S-130), Project Wild and Project Learning Tree.

Graduates are employed by federal, state, and local government agencies. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in law enforcement agencies, park rangers, private security firms, naturalists, guides, camp directors, as well as many other positions.

Students who enroll in this program must meet entrance requirements for ACT 120 Training: 1 - No Criminal Record - a complete records check is required; 2 - Students must be of sound mind and successfully complete a psychological evaluation process; 3 - References will be required of all applicants to the program; 4 - Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment in ACT 120.

Students who have previously received ACT 120 certification and who present appropriate documentation to the Office of Records and Registration, will be awarded 15 credits following the completion of the first 12 credits of the program.

Program Competencies 

The student/graduate will be able to:

Get hands on outdoor training and earn certifications, including Act 120*, that qualify you to work after you graduate or transfer to a four-year institution. 

*ACT 120 is offered at Certified Schools.

View the required courses and curriculum semester-by-semester for Park and Recreation Management - Park Law Enforcement Option, A.A.S.

Employment Areas

  • National & state parks
  • Camps
  • Municipal recreation facilities
  • Other recreation & resource management areas

Employment Opportunities

  • Park Managers
  • Park Rangers
  • Naturalists
  • Adventure Education & Guides
  • Camp Directors


Cool Features

  • ACT 120*
  • Water rescue training
  • Adventure education
  • Park law enforcement
  • Interpretation
  • Resource management
  • Park & recreation leadership
  • Park administration

*ACT 120 is offered at Certified School.