Forest & Natural Resource Management

About the Major

A 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. Read more about the major. Visit the FRNM website.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Biological Science Technician (plants)
  • Arborist
  • Eco-Tourism Advisor
  • Ecological Restoration Specialist
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Recreation Facility Manager 
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Educator
  • Urban Forester 
  • Naturalist
  • Forestry Technician (Smoke Jumper, Timber Sale Prep)

Types of Employers

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

Past Experience and Internship Database

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2020 semester only and will be updated yearly.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

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: forest, natural, resource, environment, management, recreation, urban, forester, ecology, naturalist, parks, conservationists, community, tourism, production
  • 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