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Co-op is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to gain paid work experience related to their degree and acquire the experience necessary to launch their careers.

For employers in today’s competitive job market, co-op allows you to fill short-term hiring needs as well as pre-screen and train potential future employees.

Explore this website to learn more about the UBC Faculty of Forestry Co-op Program and how you can participate.

Updates & Events

About: Deadline for students scheduled to work in the Winter Term II (starting in January of 2018) to drop the corresponding co-op course without receiving a "W" on their transcript or paying the associated course fees.

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: FSC 1005
About: Students from Forestry, Forest Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation and Urban Forestry programs will be delivering 8 minute presentations about their recent co-op work terms. Select students will also have their co-op poster assignments on display and will be available to answer questions. This networking opportunity will include a guests from industry and the conservation sector as well as a delegation from J.D. Irving. Food and refreshments will be provided to our guests following the presentations.

Please note that your registration will help us determine how much food to order and will be used to produce your name tags for the event. Please register and notify if you are no longer able to attend.

Time: 6:00-9:30 pm
Location: FSC 1005
About: Please join us for our Wood Products Processing (WPP) Co-op Presentation Night on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.

Intermediate and senior students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their most recent co-op work terms. Posters from our junior co-op students will also be on display. The intermission will provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members and students.

When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: UBC Forest Sciences Centre (2424 Main Mall, Vancouver) – Room 1005
Please RSVP

Please note that the program for the evening, as well as the presenter list, will be distributed in September.

*The Faculty of Forestry presentation evening including the Forest Resources Management, Forest Operations, Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Sciences and Urban Forestry degree programs will take place on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017.

About: Students entering their second year (taking FRST 200 and FRST 201) are eligible to apply to co-op. Applications must be received before 4:00 PM on September 29th, 2017 to be considered.

Apply online:

  • Go to:
  • Select “Students”
  • Click “CWL Login”
  • Use your CWL username and password to login to “The Hub”
  • Click on “Forestry Co-op”
  • Click on the application form for your degree program
  • Complete and submit your application

Applications are due before 4:00 PM on Friday, September 29th, 2017. Co-op applications should be made at the start of your second year (or when you are taking FRST 200 and 201). Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Recent Student Stories

Cliff Ma (Wood Products Processing)
Co-op has been a program of personal and professional growth. This has also been an excellent opportunity to learn from the field, connect with individuals in the industry and apply course material and extracurricular experiences. My last 8 month co-op term was with Hinton Wood Products, a division of West Fraser located three hours west of Edmonton. West Fraser has provided a great deal of support as communication is encouraged to improve any process. Every project requires different approaches to identify and solve the underlying questions. Read more...

Carmen Taylor (Forest Sciences)
For my past work term, I was employed as an Undergraduate Research Assistant within the Forest Insect Disturbance Ecology Lab at UBC. During this work term, I have helped primarily with post-doctoral research, including working occasionally in other labs. The principal project I was involved in was looking into the effects of Mountain Pine Beetle range expansion on novel (unfamiliar) habitat. The diverse exposure within a lab environment has imparted a particular skill set complimentary to my previous fieldwork experience Read more...

Alexander Girard (Natural Resource Conservation)
This summer I have been working as a research assistant, with the Simard lab, in the Malcolm Knapp research forest at Maple Ridge. I work with a graduate student who is interested in below ground and above ground forest ecology, and how human activities may impact this ecosystem. I have been learning so much about the nuances of field research, and what it actually takes to pull off a complex ecological field trial. Each day is a bit of a different experience, and I always manage to learn something new! Read more...

Ho-Chun (Aaron) Chen (Urban Forestry)
This work term, I had the opportunity to work at the University of Alberta in Dr. Barb Thomas's Tree Improvement Lab funded partially by NSERC. In particular, I was assigned to a project looking at drought tolerance of lodgepole pine trees, which involved daily duties of watering, maintaining, harvesting, and data analysis of approximately 500 seedlings located within a university greenhouse. My work term has been a good balance of field and lab work, which has provided me valuable experiences and knowledge of tree research and improvement. Read more...

Emma Cunningham (Natural Resource Conservation)
For my second co-op term, I am working for the BC Conservation Foundation in partnership with Ducks Unlimited as a Spartina restoration field technician. My job includes the identification, mapping, and treatment of an invasive marine grass called Spartina. This co-op work term has provided me with a number of opportunities to obtain more qualifications and enhance my knowledge about environmental restoration. Read more...