Environmental Resource Mgmt

Environmental Resource Mgmt

ermEnvironmental Resource Management

Instructor: Max Van Houten
email: mvanhouten@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595 ext. 408

The Environmental Resource Management program introduces students to environmental science and natural resources-related skills and careers.
Classroom study includes theory of environmental systems; soils and land judging, water quality, forest management, GIS/GPS mapping and surveying, maple-sugaring and logging, including the safe and effective use of power and hand tools, equipment and technology. The program provides focused field labs and project-oriented activities, plus applied demonstrations, guest speakers, and field trips to businesses. Graduates are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov

Career opportunities include:      
Nursery Management
Surveying and Mapping
Landscape design               
Environmental Science

Average salaries for ERM grads:
Sugarmakers - $36,700
Environmental Scientist - $79,810
Arborists - $42,390
Farmers - $32,000
Landscape designers - $66,500
Surveyors - $62,570
Logging Equipment Operators - $39,050
Nursery manager - $54,800

Community Partners / Employers:
Justin Poulin, Poulin and Daughters Family Farm
Paul Lambert, Silloway Maple
Lew Stowell, L.H.Stowell & Son Christmas Tree Farm  
Alyssa Bennet, VT Fish & Wildlife
Mark Isselhardt, UVM Extension/Proctor Maple Research Center
Marina Welch, White River Natural Resources Conservation District
SFC Butch Edmonds, VT Army National Guard
Judy Rosovsky, Agency of Ag, Food, and Markets

College Credit and Industry Certifications:
Students completing the program can earn:

  • Three college credits at Paul Smith’s College in Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Dual enrollment credits from CCV, University of Maine, and Unity College

Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC) opportunities:

  • Game of Logging Levels I – IV
  • OSHA 10
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Tractor Safety
  • GIS

Past students have attended Paul Smith’s College, State University of New York, Castleton State College, Unity College, Sterling College, and University of Vermont

Interests and Attitudes:
Students applying to the program should possess an interest in exploring careers in agriculture, engineering, arboriculture, forestry, nurseries, surveying, and landscaping; an ability to think independently by evaluating and making decisions through investigation of data; a desire to take initiative and work to their full potential; a commitment to taking responsibility for their behavior and work assignments; and a desire to work both outdoors and in a laboratory environment.