Forest and Natural Resource Management

Researchers in a Forest

About the Major

The Forest and Natural Resource Management major prepares students to plan, implement, and research the management, protection, and sustainable use of forest and related resources, including timber, water, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetic resources.

The curriculum allows students to choose between three areas of specialization: Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation, Park & Protected Area Management, and Urban & Community Forestry.

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Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Arborist Premium Tree Protection
Arborist SavATree
Associate Forester CN Utility Consulting
Content Editor The Guerrilla Agency
Field Supervisor Prescription Landscape
Fit Coordinator And Program Instructor Frost Valley YMCA
Forester US Forest Service
Forester Itasca Woodland Services
Forester US Forest Service
Forester Mason Bruce and Girard
Forestry Technician US Forest Service
Forestry Technician US Forest Service
Forestry Technician US Forest Service
Forestry Technician Department of Natural Resources
Interpretive Naturalist Department of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Technician City of Stillwater
Planning Forester US Forest Service
Plant Health Care Manager Birch Tree Care
Researcher University of Minnesota
Seasonal Fire Fighter US Forest Service
Tree Inspector City of Eden Prairie
Urban Interface Wildland Forester Nebraska Forestry Service
Wood Procurement Representative Potlatch

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Forest Engineering and Resource Management Oregon State University
Forestry Stephen F Austin State University
Forestry & Environmental Mansgement Duke University
Herbal Certificate Herbal Acadamey
Horticulture University of Minnesota
Landscape & Atmospheric Sciences University of Minnesota
Natural Resource Science and Management Economics/Policy/Society University of Minnesota
Natural Resources UW-Stevens Point
Natural Resources & Conservation North Dakota State University
Natural Resources Science Management University of Minnesota
Natural Resources Science Management University of Minnesota
Natural Resources Science Management University of Minnesota
Natural Resources Science Management University of Minnesota
Shade Tree Short Course Bethel University

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Forestry & Natural Resources Specialist City of Eden Prairie
Certified Timber Sale Administrator US Forest Service

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Forest Health Specialist Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Senior Associate Oslund and Associates

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Arborist
  • Biological Science Technician (Plants)
  • Ecological Restoration Specialist
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Forestry Technician (Smoke Jumper, Timber Sale Prep)
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Planning Forester
  • Urban Forester
  • Wood Procurement Representative

Top Employers

  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Itasca Woodland Services
  • Rainbow Treecare
  • SavATree
  • University of Minnesota
  • US Forest Service

Types of Employers

  • Forest products companies
  • Forestry agencies
  • Land management organizations
  • Natural resources agencies
  • Parks and nature preserves
  • Tourism boards/offices
  • Tree care companies
  • Universities and colleges

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: forestry, arboriculture,  land management, parks and recreation, urban forestry, forest ecology, interpretive naturalist, natural resource conservation, forest products.
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Forest & Natural Resource Management Resources