A College of Forestry education, which includes hands-on field work, makes our graduates among the most prepared and employable professionals in the nation. Browse career choices below to see what awaits you after graduation. And if you are in the market for a job, check out our jobs page!

Natural Resources

Possible Careers and salaries:

  • Natural resource specialist 40-75k
  • Land use or recreation use planner 41-77k
  • GIS specialist 50-60k

Our graduates have been hired as: Arborist, Aquatic Invasive Species Technician, Conservation Coordinator, Ecological Economist, Environmental Analyst/Planner, Forest/Fisheries Biologist, Environmental Educator/Instructor, Public Health Ecologist, Interpretive Park Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Restoration Project Manager, Outreach Coordinator, Water Resources Specialist, Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist, Wildlife Biologist/Technician, Stream Ecologist/Technician, Soil Conservationist, and Silviculture Forester

Our graduates work for: Adams Environmental, Inc, AKS Engineering & Forestry, Ash Creek Forest Management, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, CA Fire Science Consortium, City, County and State Governments, Conservation Biology Institute, Coos Watershed Association, Environment for the Americas, First Environments Early Learning Center, Greenbelt Land Trust, Oregon Zoo, Methow Salmon Recovery, MT Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation, OR Parks and Recreation Department, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, and The Nature Conservancy

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Work Experience while you Study

Work Experience Practicum - Students majoring in Forest Engineering, Forest/Civil Engineering, Forestry, Renewable Materials, and Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership must complete a six-month work experience practicum prior to graduation. Natural Resources majors do not have a six-month work experience requirement but are encouraged to seek out internship and work experiences. The Benefits are Great:

  • Connect your in-class education with on-the-job training through paid (or unpaid) employment.
  • Test-run a job in your field of choice, with a real agency or business prior to entering the workforce.
  • Make useful career connections for when you graduate
  • Build your resume even before graduating to be the most employable candidate out there.

Mentored Employment Program - This program provides College of Forestry undergraduate students paid opportunities to work with faculty on research, special projects, and/or field experiences. These types of experiences enhance students' professional skills, build important mentor/protégé relationships and guidance while assisting faculty with important work.

Job Shadow Program - The College of Forestry has partnered with employers from various sectors of forestry to provide job shadow opportunities for career exploration in the fields of forestry, natural resources, forest products and recreation industries. As a current or prospective student, participate in a job shadow to:

  • Interview experts in industries that interest you - the chance to ask lots of questions!
  • Find out what you need from your academic experience to be successful in the workplace.
  • Start making important career and network connections.
  • Help you decide on a career path.

Our Careers Staff