Marine Natural Resources Technician

  • Marine Natural Resources Technician

    The Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) in Marine Natural Resource Technician provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful employment at the technician level in marine natural resources and marine science through hands-on training and coursework.

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Students can complete this program in one semester 

The Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) in Marine Natural Resources Technician prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful employment at the technician level in marine natural resources and marine science through hands-on training and coursework. Students will learn technical skills from content experts, as well as communicative and social skills required for success in this growing field. They will also interact directly with natural resource management organizations that are in need of skilled technician level employees, facilitating a transition from the program to employment.


  • 16 Credit Hours
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

Please view the current catalog for a list of all required classes for this program.

PWSC's residential housing is available for students.


Students can attend this program for free* through 2026 thanks to grant funding! *Tuition, academic fees, and housing are free for a limited amount of students per semester.


For more information about this program and to enroll you can contact PWSC admissions:


call: 907-834-1600 (Mondays-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. AKST)

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Information about Grant Funding:

PWSC has limited grant funding available to cover the tuition, fees, and housing for the Marine Natural Resources Technician Occupational Endorsement Certificate. Please be thoughtful in your response to the grant application essay prompt, as this is how we determine who will receive grant funding.

  • Grant funding is available through 2026, and is limited per semester. Students may have additional opportunities to apply again if denied or waitlisted.

  • Grant funding will only pay for grades C or higher in the program. Failing grades (F), Ds, withdrawals (W), incompletes (I), or remedial courses will not be covered by the grant. Students will be responsible for the cost of these courses.

  • Students must be in at least 12 PWSC-credits in the MNRT program (full-time student status) to receive funding for PWSC on-campus housing.

  • Grant funding will cover only program-specific math courses. If you are unable to test into MATH A104 Technical Mathematics or STAT A200 Elementary Statistics, you must take additional Math courses to meet the Occupational Endorsement Certificate graduation requirements.

  • Please note that it may take more than one semester to complete the OEC program. Course-specific grant funding may be available in future semesters for those who do not place into the core MATH or STAT courses.

  • If necessary, you can retake the ALEKS math placement test up to 5 times to improve your placement and qualify for grant funding.



Career Connections:

This program has been designed to prepare students for seasonal positions as:

  • Entry-level with National Parks Service, NOAA, Chugach Regional Resources Commission and other Alaska Native Organizations
  • Entry-level on a kelp or oyster farm
  • Entry-level marine research technician

Educational Pathways:

Students enrolled in this program may want to continue their studies to advance their career. Possible pathways for majors to transfer into upon completion include:

For specific guidance on a transfer path it is best to make an advising appointment with an academic advisor. Contact PWSC's academic advisor to set up an appointment.


Meet The Professor

Dr. Amanda Glazier

image of Dr. Amanda GlazierAmanda came to PWSC from Haverford College outside of Philadelphia. There she was a visiting assistant professor, teaching marine ecology, population genetics, advanced genetic analyses, and superlab. Prior to that she was a research assistant professor and postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her research has focused on population genetics, phylogenetics, and transcriptomics of deep-sea invertebrates, and she is broadly interested in using genetic tools to address evolutionary and ecological questions. Her research has spanned lab work, field work with five deep-sea research cruises, and bioinformatics and computational work. While all of these are important aspects of research and learning, in teaching, she deeply believes that experiential and field-based techniques are the best way for students to learn and develop a passion for environmental sciences and ecology. Her courses are developed as much in this context as possible, getting students outside and physically working with the topics instead of just sitting in a classroom. This may include part of the day in the field and part in the lab or working with an online database to experience different aspects of the subject. She is very excited to be in Alaska, developing courses in this context in such a unique, incredible environment.

Follow her Instagram account where she posts about teaching environmental studies at PWSC! environ_sciences_pwsc