OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Forestry (Restoration and Fire Option) Careers


Career Paths

The Forestry (Restoration and Fire option) degree program prepares graduate for numerous career opportunities, including:

  • Forester
  • Forest Manager
  • Fire Ecologist
  • Land Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Fire Suppression Specialist
  • Restoration Specialist
  • Insect and Disease Manager
  • Soil Scientist

Graduates will be well-prepared for careers in both industrial forests and state and federal lands, meeting the growing demand for experts in risk management, insect and disease control, fire ecology and suppression, and forest rehabilitation and restoration. They will also meet industry, government and NGO needs for communicating and building collaboration among stakeholders to actively manage natural disturbance on forest landscapes across institutions and ownership boundaries.

Entry-level positions for graduates can include duties that span the full range of forest resource uses and management activities, including: recreation management, fire control and prevention, watershed protection, wildlife habitat management, forest roads and trails, timber management and regeneration, forest health assessment and insect/disease control measures, community-based forestry, ecosystem services markets and carbon offset sales, and management consulting. Graduates are sought after by private and public organizations. Private sector employers include the forest timber and wood products industries, forestry consulting firms, NGOs and environmental organizations, and self-employment. Public employers include federal, state, and local government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Peace Corps, and state departments of forestry and natural resources.

To explore more forestry-related career paths, check out the Find Your Path booklet by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI).