COSA Certifications and Trainings

Hello. Our organization recently asked us to list the required and desired certifications for our positions. We have a variety of Natural Resource positions, so I’ve listed the ones I could think of below. I’m wondering what other certifications might be out there that I’m forgetting or don’t know about. Please share any you’ve found pertinent.

Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner Society for Ecological Restoration
Certified or Associate Wildlife Biologist The Wildlife Society
Ranger Excellence School Larimer County
Outdoor Stewardship Institute -multiple (trails, crew leadership, etc) Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Certified Environmental Educator Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Certified Interpretive Guide National Association for Interpretation
Wildland Firefighter Red Card Certification National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Class A, B, or C Sawyer Certification or S-212 US Forest Service
Ecologist Certification Ecological Society of America
Colorado Flora Certification- Native Plant Master Colorado State University – Jefferson County Extension
CPR/1st Aid/AED American Red Cross
QS Certified Pesticide Applicator License CO Dept. of Ag

While I’m asking, I’d also love to hear about organizations with good information or non-certification trainings/conferences that you’ve found most beneficial. Below is a list that I started to compile.

Colorado Native Plant Society

Boulder County Nature Association

Society Ecological Restoration

Interactions of Society and the Environment

CDPHE – Zoonotic Disease or Stormwater Pollution Prevention

GIS – Getting Started with GIS | Esri Training Web Course





Society Wetland Scientists

Habitat Hero Workshops – Audubon




Colorado Open Space Alliance

Colorado Weed Management Network


Human Dimensions in Wildlife Management – CSU – Pathways

Colorado Parks & Wildlife -Partners in the Outdoors

Greater Greener Urban Parks Conference

Wildlife Management Institute – N. Am. Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

The Wildlife Society – annual conference and International Urban Wildlife Conference

Home – International Urban Wildlife Conference (

Natural Areas Association

Home – Natural Areas Association

Joy P. Master

Natural Lands Program Coordinator

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Natural Lands Team Joint Line: 303-413-7261


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