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

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

In addition to finding current job and internship openings, use GoldPASS to search info and contacts for students' previously completed internships related to this major (to get ideas and contact information- not to get a list of openings). Select "Job Search"> "Internship Agreement Database."

Salary and Employment Statistics

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

Top Career Resources

  • State of Minnesota
    The official site for the State of Minnesota government careers (including Dept. of Natural Resources, Dept. of Agriculture, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Pollution Control Agency).
  • Environmental Career Opportunities
    Lists environmental job vacancies from all sectors of the job-market specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources jobs and internships nationwide. User ID: spccc/Password: umn
    The official job site of the United States government, including internships through the Pathways Program. (Not all agencies post their jobs on it—be sure to search specific agencies job postings).
  • A-Z Index
    Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.
  • U.S. Forest Service
    Job postings, articles and resources related to the field of Forest Resources.
  • Student Conservation Association
    Internships and jobs available in conservation-related areas in all 50 states.
  • International Ecotourism Society
    Information on ecotourism, research, training/education, and job opportunities.
  • International Ecotourism Certificate
    The U of MN is one of only five institutions offering this unique opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of ecotourism and sustainable development.
  • National Park Service
    Job postings, articles and resources related to the field of Forest & Natural Resource Management.
  • Quintcareers
    Collection of the best job resources for hospitality, tourism, and travel careers.
  • State of Minnesota
    The official site for the State of Minnesota government careers (including Dept. of Natural Resources, Minnesota Zoological Garden, Agriculture Dept., Explore Minnesota Tourism, Pollution Control Agency, Water and Resources Board).

Forest & Natural Resource Management Related Postings in GoldPASS

Girl Scouts of AK Travel Camp Counselor
Girl Scouts of Alaska
Summer Field Technician
Natural Shore Technologies, Inc.
Environmental Studies Internships
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Summer Camp Counselor
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Athletic & Fitness Director
Shane Camps and Resorts
Camp Miller Horseback Director
Duluth Area Family YMCA
Summer Camp Counselor
Camp Mishawaka
Commodity Lumber Trader
Seaboard Int'l Forest Products
Public Works Engineering Intern
City of Minneapolis, MN
PT Seasonal (N.E.A.T) Naturalist
Aitkin County, MN
Environmental Educator/Specialist
Peace Corps
Horticulture Intern
Olbrich Botanical Gardens