High Latitude Range Management

Certificate Program

Help tackle food security challenges in Alaska while preparing for jobs in natural resources management or reindeer business. The certificate in high latitude range management brings together local experts and university faculty to deliver a hands-on learning experience that combines academic and Indigenous knowledge. You’ll learn field-based techniques that agencies use to inventory and monitor plant and animal populations. You’ll also be trained in the ecological concepts of sustained yield and the management of animal populations in the North. Courses are available through online and distance learning.

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Why Study High Latitude Range Management at UAF?

  • Work one-on-one with accomplished faculty and local experts in a unique program that allows you to create your own experience.

  • Engage in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, including frequent field trips related to reindeer, wilderness, meat production and rangeland management.

  • Take part in the Reindeer Research Program to help conduct research and outreach projects that support the reindeer industry on the Seward Peninsula and throughout Alaska.

Hands-on learning in the rangeland management program

If you enjoy taking your work beyond the classroom and into the field, this is the program for you. In our Meat Production course, you’ll get to butcher, cook and eat reindeer, learning why certain cuts of meat have a different monetary value. In another course, you’ll take samples from the field and get an example of how much forage will sustain a local herd. You’ll also learn about GPS, wilderness first aid, Arctic survival, bear safety, boat safety, snow machine operations and more. 



Range Management Jobs

The rangeland management training program prepares you for entry-level jobs in the field of natural resources or to become a reindeer entrepreneur.

The field of natural resources management offers endless possibilities, and the skills and training you gain in this program can be applied in many decision-making positions. Examples include leadership positions in local governments, educational establishments, tribes and Alaska Native corporations. Other range management jobs include:

  • Community health expert
  • Land use planner
  • Field researcher
  • Wildlife ecologist
  • Forester



Get Started on Your Certificate in Range Management

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