Careers in Natural Resources Conservation
Diverse opportunities exist for graduates to work locally, nationally or internationally, and past graduates now work in areas such as biodiversity and environmental assessment, sustainable development, wildlife and fisheries management, urban and regional planning, forest and habitat management, environmental law, environmental planning and consulting, environmental education and teaching for:
- federal and provincial governments, crown corporations, First Nations, and municipalities
- non-profit environmental or community groups
- private environmental consulting or resource companies
The Conservation program can also provide a basis for acquiring professional certification as a Registered Professional Forester or a Natural Resource Professional with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, or as a Registered Professional Biologist with the College of Applied Biology of BC.
- Registered Professional Forester (RPF) – additional courses may be required
- Natural Resource Professional (NRP) – no additional coursework needed (currently open to Science and Management major graduates only)
- Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) – additional courses may be required
If additional courses are required for a particular professional designation, it may take no more than one to two extra terms to be eligible for registration as an RPBio or RPF. Students should select required courses as electives prior to graduation to reduce the amount of post-graduation coursework needed.
Professional and Graduate Programs
With the appropriate courses, graduates can apply to professional programs in law and education, or continue their studies in graduate school programs (MSc or PhD). Find out about Graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Forestry.