Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship Program
The Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship program is a groundbreaking cooperative partnership between Phoenix College and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide PC students with a strong knowledge base and highly transferable analytical skills in the area of environmental and natural resource stewardship.
Started in 2009, the program’s mission is to develop and internalize the values of civic engagement as it relates to land and environmental conservation through interdisciplinary studies and field experiences. The program partners with several organizations to provide internship and employment opportunities for students.
Students may earn the ENRS Academic Certificate in six courses. That coursework can be applied to an Associate’s degree and/or transfer to a university. Transfer agreements are in place with Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Prescott College.
The rapidly growing environmental and natural resource stewardship field has experienced heavy turnover as older workers retire, particularly government employees. By supporting and motivating youth from underrepresented populations to participate in this workforce, the program seeks to bridge the gap between urban youth and employers seeking skilled workers in this field.
In addition to the BLM, partners in the program include the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State Parks, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, U.S. Forest Service, Student Conservation Association, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Audubon Arizona.
Since 2010, the ENRS program has hosted an open house at Phoenix College featuring representatives from partnership organizations. The fairs have brought together employers and students to provide information about careers, internships, and educational opportunities.