Certificate in Wetland Science & Management

Investigate the Unique Properties of Wetlands


Program Details

  • Location: Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends, Flexible
  • Cost: $5,964

Next start date:

September 2023

Get Details
Talk to an Enrollment Coach

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.

See Requirements

Video Overview

Graduates and instructors of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management share highlights of the program.

Duration: 02:53

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


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.

Career Stats


Alumni working in field

Sample Employers

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)


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format



Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Program Sessions


Closed Sessions

Want to get the latest?

Sign up to get updates about this program, including info sessions and application deadlines.

  Get our email newsletter with career tips, event invites and upcoming program info.       Sign Up Now