Why study Forestry & Environmental Management at UNB?

degrees with 4 options for a major

classes with outdoor environmental labs

of our forestry graduates are employed in the natural resource sector


The undergraduate degree choice that gives you the greatest chance for well paying employment in a surging natural resource sector.

Our faculty maintains a close, engaged relationship with students, particularly through integrated experiential learning as our students learn in the environment.

Our graduates are highly sought after across Canada--95% in last five years have gained relevant employment in the natural resource sector, many of whom earned well-paying and career-relevant summer employment.

What program options are there?

  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • Science in Environmental and Natural Resources
    • Environmental Management
    • Water Resources Management
    • Wildlife Conservation

Learn more using UNB's Academic Program Search or by visiting the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Mangement website.

What makes Forestry & Enviromental Management students unique?

Forestry & Environmental Management graduates manage today for tomorrow.

In a hands-on, experiential learning environment, Forestry & Environmental Management--or ForEM--students undertake projects involving research, planning, and implementation of water & wildlife management efforts for real clients, including the cities of Fredericton and Saint John, Parks Canada, and Nature Trust NB.

Graduates from ForEM lead forestry management planning efforts in over half of the Canadian provinces and territories. ForEM graduates have designed and continue to support the world's premier analytical software used to manage over 500 million hectares of forestry in 18 countries.

What do employers look for?

  • Certified Professional Forester of Certified Environmental Professional
  • Knowledge of public and municipal land use planning, and resource management planning policies and practices, environmental assessments policies and practices.
  • Interpreting, applying and communicating relevant legislation, policies and processes, e.g. Public Lands Act, Planning Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Aggregate Resources Act, Endangered Species Act, Provincial Parks & Conservation Reserves Act.
  • Knowledge of natural resources programs (e.g. fish, wildlife, water and Species at Risk) to assess impacts and determine appropriate action.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills to review plans, applications and projects to determine conformity to provincial objectives.
  • Gather, consolidate, and assess data and expert reports to develop and recommend options or provide advice to others on proposals.
  • Highly developed project management skills to lead various projects and coordinate meetings and assign work/tasks of project team members and participating stakeholders.


What can I learn?

  • Learn to characterize, analyze, and predict change. Synthesize information into comprehensive solutions for stewardship of natural resources.
  • Build a strong base in science and then learn to solve environmental and natural resource problems from a holistic, systems perspective, incorporating knowledge of land, water, air, plants, animals, and people
  • Gain essential hands-on experience in the field of your choice during outdoor laboratories and field trips.
  • Learn how to regenerate forests, protect waterways, conserve wildlife habitat and protect forests from fire, disease, and insects. Develop a passion for life-long learning and a commitment to ethical forestry practices and stewardship.
  • Learn how to manage time and plan work effectively, make decisions and stand by them, and relate to a wide range of people. You’ll graduate with highly developed calculation and computing skills, a keen awareness of issues of health and safety, and excellent oral and written skills.

Where can I go after graduation?

  • Forester
  • Climate Change Mitigation Officer
  • Wildfire Management Specialist
  • Habitat and Wildlife Biologist
  • Harvest Operations Supervisor
  • Conservation Program Specialist
  • Wildlife and Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Lab Analyst
  • Timber Development Consultant
  • Environmental Planner
  • Urban Forester
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Forest School Educator
  • Forest Analyst and Use Administrator
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Geographic Information System Specialist
  • Watershed Research Coordinator
  • Terrestrial Biologist/Ecologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Pulp and Paper Sales
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental and Forest Research Scientist

How do I get the skills I need?

At UNB, there are many ways to succeed in your field of study and in your future career. For example, you can participate in the Co-Curricular Program. You can complete internships, co-ops, and field schools; participate in Work-study and similar opportunities; join and lead a student group with the Student Union (Fredericton) or Students’ Representative Council (Saint John); and find other ways to volunteer doing things that interest you.

Your skill development will be guided with the help of an academic advisor and other professionals in your program of study.

Explore what's relevant to you

These avenues will assist you with your career planning depending on where you are in your studies