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Forest Resources
fores@uidaho.edu
phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133

The Value of Your Degree

Career Opportunities
While some of our students do go on to pursue graduate degrees, there are multiple opportunities available to professionals with a bachelor’s degree in forest resources. In fact, according to a recent survey nearly 100 percent of our students find a position before or soon after graduation.

From forest science positions with state forest agencies or Tribal Enterprises to marketing positions with timber companies or ecologist positions with nonprofit organization organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, career opportunities for our graduates are diverse. Here you can review the type of forestry careers currently available.

Many alumni of our program have found positions in organizations, such as:
  • Idaho Department of Lands
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Potlatch Corp.
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
With a degree in forest resources you'll have an opportunity to build a career in woodland management, manufacturing, sales, forest research, restoration ecology or in education and community outreach or public policy development. Although the field is tremendously diverse, below are a few examples of forest science careers options:
  • Foresters and forest technologists
  • Forest and land-use planners
  • GIS and geospatial specialists
  • Forest health specialists and silviculturists
  • Forest protection officers and forest fire managers
  • Biologists, ecologists, watershed managers
  • Tree planters and forest nursery managers
  • Marketing managers and specialists focused on forest product sectors (economists, business analysts, natural resource policy analysts)