Careers

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!

Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership

Possible careers:

  • Recreation Manager 60-90k
  • Park Ranger/Manager 50-82k
  • Outdoor Educator/Guide 35-50k
  • Outdoor Recreation Business Owner

Our graduates have been hired as: Outdoor Recreation Programs Coordinator, Experiential Education Professional, Field Guide, Lands and Recreation Program Manager, Park Ranger, Ski Patroller, Youth Outdoor Leader, Assistant Park Manager, Climbing and Wilderness Skills Coordinator, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety Professional, GIS Coordinator, Interpretation Coordinator, Land Use Planner, Mountaineering Ranger, Natural Resource Specialist, Outfitter/Guide, Recreation Coordinator, and Visitor Information Specialist

Our graduates work for: Alaska Crossings, City of Bend Parks and Recreation, OR Parks and Recreation, REALMS Rimrock Middle School, Sun Country Tours, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Visit Bend, Paulina Plunge, American Whitewater, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, AK Dept. of Natural Resources, CAST for Kids Foundation, Five Rivers Metroparks, Glenstone Museum, Helfrich River Outfitters, Laurel Bay Gardens, OR Dept. of Forestry, Stone Tourism & Development Consulting, U.S Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. National Park Service, Vail Resorts, and Timberline Lodge

OSU Grads at Work

Professional Organizations associated with COF careers

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