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Careers

This is a great time to seek a career in forestry. The ratio of jobs to graduates is at an all-time high, and that ratio is expected to increase. Changes in the forest industry have created many new, technologically-advanced positions. Many of those new jobs require an entirely different set of jobs skills than the forestry jobs of the past. UMFK can prepare you to fill those jobs. This is a great time to seek a career in forestry, indeed.

UMFK's Applied Forest Management graduates have excelled in the forestry profession. Among our graduates are many foresters, forest technicians, forest rangers, GIS specialists, logging contractors, and surveyors.


Career Opportunities

Currently, our graduates are sought out for positions as foresters, forest rangers, forest technicians, and for positions in forest operations. Employers who have hired our graduates in recent years include:

  • American Forest Management
  • Irving Woodlands LLC
  • James W. Sewall Company
  • Landvest
  • Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • Maine Forest Service
  • Maine Land Use Regulation Commission
  • Seven Islands Land Company
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wagner Forest Management, Ltd.

It is strongly recommended that students seek summer employment opportunities in forestry as a key to obtaining permanent employment. Faculty members work with students and regional forestry employers to facilitate summers internship opportunities. One local employer has hired as many as ten of our students during the summer field season. Several companies have interviewed on-campus. Additionally, the program director maintains a group mailing-list for all interested graduates who wish to receive job notices. For individuals willing to travel, many additional job opportunities exist in the western U.S. with federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service.