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The Industry in General

Watershed Ecology blends knowledge of biological sciences with application of cutting-edge technical skills. Technicians will be skilled in identifying and assessing natural habitat needs of fish and wildlife in relation to healthy ecosystems, with emphasis on the restoration and management of aquatic environments.


Skills You'll Develop

  • Identify species and habitat needs of fish and wildlife.
  • Collect samples, complete field surveys, analyze and report data.
  • Conduct land surveying and computer aided mapping.
  • Knowledge of restoration practices to improve habitat and stream channels.


WWCC's Degree Options

Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences Degree (AAAS) in Watershed Ecology is a two-year degree program that prepares students for work in the water and conservation industries.  A one-year certificate in Watershed Ecology is also available.


Career Opportunities

This is a hands-on outdoor oriented career field with job opportunities such as:

  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Habitat Specialist
  • Water Quality Technician 

Potential employers include federal, state, local, Tribal, and private agencies.





The Industry in General

The irrigation industry is experiencing a period of rapid technological advancement in labor saving and water conserving irrigation systems.  Highly skilled irrigation technicians are required to design, install, operate and maintain these new products.  Irrigation technicians are in high demand in the agriculture, turf maintenance, and landscape industries.


Skills You'll Develop

  • Design and installation of irrigation systems
  • Blueprint and schematic reading
  • Electrical principles and practices
  • Agronomic requirements
  • Application of innovative technologies
  • Maintenance and operation irrigation skills
  • Water management

WWCC's Degree Options


Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences Degree (AAAS) in Irrigation Technology is a two-year degree program that prepares students for the irrigation industry and/or for transferability to Washington State University.


Career Opportunities

This is a highly technical hands-on career field:

  • Irrigation Designer
  • Installation Foreman
  • Service Technician
  • Sales Personnel
  • Irrigation Manager
  • Contractor


IRRIGATION SERVICE CERTIFICATE available (6 month certificate)





The Industry in General

Water Resources Technicians are skilled in planning, developing, managing and evaluating programs designed to protect and regulate natural habitats and natural resources.  Technicians will have the skills necessary to analyze soil, plant, and water relationships; as well as understand water relationships to environmental, economic, and sociological impacts to communities. 


Skills You'll Develop

  • Surveying and drafting
  • Blueprint and schematic reading
  • Knowledge of state and federal procedures and policies
  • Communication and public relations skills
  • Hydrologic resource management


WWCC's Degree Options

Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences Degree (AAAS) in Water Resources Technology is a two-year degree program that prepares students for work in the water and conservation industries.  WWCC also offer a two year AAST degree for student planning to transfer to another institution to complete their baccalaureate degree.


Career Opportunities

  • Water District Manager
  • Conservation District Personnel
  • Consultant
  • Field Technical





Contact Melissa Holecek (melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or 509.524.5208) for more information relating to the Water Technologies & Management Programs above.






What is the Endorsement?

The Water Conservation Endorsement from Walla Walla Community College provides students with a diverse experience relating to water conservation.  The Water Conservation Endorsement will focus on irrigation principles for urban and rural environments, implementing best management practices to rehabilitate watershed health, conserve energy, and apply efficient irrigation design.  The completion of the fifteen (15) credit Water Conservation Endorsement will provide students with a background in watershed management, irrigation principles, water and energy conservation, and basic irrigation design.


110:  Lawn and Turf Irrigation (1 credit)

110B:  Efficient Turf Irrigation Design


112:  Irrigation Principles (5 credits)

112A:  Types of Irrigation Systems

112B:  Installation and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems

112C:  Soil, Water, and Plant Relationships

112D:  Consumptive Use Water Requirements and Scheduling

112E:  Irrigation Auditing, System Efficiencies, and Conservation


139: Watershed Management (3 credits)

139A:  Hydrologic Cycle and Climate Change

139 B:  Watersheds and Watershed Function

139 C:  Watershed Rehabilitation, Protection, and   Enhancement


220:  Drip Irrigation (1 credit)

 220C:  Drip Design Maintenance, and Operation


225:  Irrigation Design (3 credits)

225A: System Hydraulics and Elevation Effects

225C: Agricultural Design


230:  Water & Energy Conservation (3 credits)

230A:  Conservation Tools and Programs

230B:  Pump Energy Capital Cost Analysis

230C:  Irrigation System Economics