Many agencies with natural resource protection and recreation responsibilities have specific “interpreter” and “public information” positions including the U.S. National Park Service, state park systems including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and river authorities including the Lower Colorado River Authority. These agencies seek qualified and certified interpreters. In addition, the rapidly growing ecotourism industry employs certified interpreters as guides, which are the core of the experience offered to ecotourists.
The Certificate in Environmental Interpretation provides a relevant background to prepare students to work as interpretive guides in parks and other tourism venues and to work in the professional areas of public information/education in resource management agencies. Educational objectives are (1) to know and apply the concepts, principles, and methods of environmental interpretation (2) to know geographic concepts and skills that support holistic and thematic interpretation of places and regions, as specified by interpretive principles