Natural Resource Management

Associated Teachers/Faculty

Mr. Paul Crofts and George Protopopescu

Career Program Description

Water to drink, food to eat and materials for shelter, the three essential things that keep us alive. The management of natural resources is essential to keeping our communities safe from need. Natural Resources Management uses project-based learning to develop student skills in observation, assessment, analysis and management of our most vital resources: water, soils, forests, and wildlife. Our fieldwork-based program immerses students into the full range of North Shore environments, including mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and coasted shorelines.

Career Paths

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • AgroSciences
  • Hydrology
  • Wildfire Biology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Marine Science
  • Land Management
  • Resource Management
  • GIS Spatial Analyst
  • Drinking and Wastewater Management
  • Parks and Recreation


  •  OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
  • Massachusetts Boat Safety
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation

Industry Partnerships

  • Hancock Associates
  • Ipswich River Watershed Association
  • BioGreen 360
  • Audubon Society
  • Trustees of Reservations
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police
  • Essex Heritage
  • The National FFA Organization

Articulation Agreements

  • Unity College
  • University of New Hampshire
  • North Shore Community College (in progress)

Meeting Documentation

Advisory Committee Members

Eric Baldwin, Environmental Police
Anthony Guthro, Breakheart Reservation and Camp Nihan
John Harring, Parent
Laraine Harring
Wayne Jalbert, Hancock Associates
Tom Keeley, Jotens
Gillian Lay
Jason Moreira
Ryan O’Donnell, Ipswich River Watershed Association
Charles Smith, Essex Heritage

Alumni Spotlight

Alexa Marquis, Class of 2016

Where are they now? University of New England Environmental Science Major

“When I entered college, the majority of my classes in my major felt like refreshers due to the courses that I took at Essex North Shore. Take advantage of projects, writing assignments and tests while you are here. Make lasting connections with the faculty and staff. You attend a unique high school that will turn your goals into accomplishments.”