Permanent jobs and summer internships are available to qualified students!
The Applied Forest Management Program is designed to prepare students for careers in forestry. It is nationally accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is one of only two accredited two-year forestry programs in New England. The program emphasizes field-orientated, hands-on learning throughout much of its curriculum. UMFK's forestry graduates have a broad forestry education and graduate with many marketable skills. Students in the program study a range of forestry topics including tree identification, tree measurements, timber harvesting, forest ecology and silviculture, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Faculty members have worked closely with professionals in the forestry industry and in the Maine Forest Service to maintain a curriculum that satisfies the needs of employers. UMFK graduates provide skills that are the foundation of good forestry and conservation in Maine. These skills include timber harvest planning and layout, forest inventory and mapping, supervision of harvesting, thinning, and planting crews, and boundary surveying. UMFK is very well equipped to integrate state-of-the-art GIS, GPS, and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technologies into the curriculum. These technological skills are crucial to success in today's forestry profession and are used for such tasks as forest inventory and mapping, harvest and forest road layout, and surveying.
Graduates find work as forest technicians, foresters, and forest rangers. Many graduates work in forest operations and several are GIS specialists. Potential employers include consulting foresters; land management companies; forest industry; and the forestry, conservation, and agriculture departments of the state and federal governments. UMFK graduates are fully qualified to work as rangers for the Maine Forest Service, or for federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Some graduates have gone on to start successful logging companies. Presently, the job-to-student ratio is very high, and a number of UMFK students have received permanent job offers prior to their graduation. Summer internships are numerous.
This associate degree may serve as entry to a baccalaureate education in business management, rural public safety, environmental studies, or other fields. Several programs are available on campus where students can complete the Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management and a baccalaureate degree within four years.
A popular option for many of our forestry students is to complete both the Applied Forest Management degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Business management is as much an integral part of forestry today as science and technology are. A person with a background in both business and forestry will have two important skill sets that will make them more competitive in the job market and better enable them to advance in their careers. It is also an important option for anyone who may aspire to start their own business, whether it be in forestry, logging or other related fields. With careful planning students can complete both degrees in four years. All business courses may be taken in a traditional classroom setting or online. The online option gives students the opportunity to complete their business degree while working full-time upon completion of their forestry degree. For more information, go to the Business Management - Applied Forest Management concentration webpage.