About this Program
Wetlands play a critical role in our natural and human environments, improving water quality, mitigating flooding and erosion, and supporting a diversity of flora and fauna. This importance is reflected in the steady job growth in the field of wetland science and management in the private, nonprofit and government sectors.
In this rigorous, six-course certificate program, we’ll explore the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of wetlands and their many functions. You’ll get in-depth training in identifying, delineating, classifying, functionally assessing and rating wetlands using plant, soil, hydrologic and landscape data. We’ll also delve into the complex wetland regulatory environment that facilitates the protection, restoration and prudent management of wetlands. You'll apply what you've learned in the program-long practicum, where you'll undertake a research project at a wetland site and synthesize your findings into a written report and presentation.
Professionals who work on wetland issues and those who want to enter the field.
what you'll learn
- Wetland ecosystem processes and how to identify, delineate, classify and rate wetlands
- The fundamentals and application of wetland regulation law and policy
- Landscape assessment and geospatial analysis tools for wetland resource management and conservation planning
- Identification of common wetland plants in the Puget Sound region
- Processes for planning, developing and implementing wetland restoration and mitigation
Get Hands-On Experience
- Design and implement a research project at a selected wetland site with the guidance of from wetland science professionals
- Write technical documents typical of wetland science work, including wetland delineation reports and wetland rating and functional assessments
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.
Alumni working in field
The Watershed Company, Herrera Environmental Consultants, ESA, Parametrix. Shannon & Wilson, various government agencies
Projected job growth for environmental specialists in Washington state (2018-2028)
Average salary for environmental specialists in Washington state (2020)
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