The Rubenstein School Forestry Program prepares students with the knowledge, experience, and critical thinking skills they need to help solve the complex problems facing forest ecosystems, sustainable forest management, and conservation in the 21st century. The Forestry degree provides an excellent preparation for a variety of professional forestry positions and related careers, and the Forestry Faculty provide substantial assistance in creating such job placements.
Students completing a Forestry major from UVM should be ready to enter the forestry workforce, be able to analyze and understand forest management problems, and have mastered critical thinking about forestry issues across multiple scales and from multiple perspectives. We stress demonstrated proficiencies in requisite skills and knowledge, or “outcome based education,” rather than exposure to subject matter alone.
The Rubenstein School has evolved its Forestry Program to meet the needs of a changing planet, which include managing forests for resilience, adaptation, climate mitigation, and a full range of ecosystem services. The program attracts students who want a career working outdoors, excel at math and science, learn by doing, and can embrace both the fundamentals of traditional forestry and emerging perspectives in the field.
The Forestry major provides students with an education in ecologically responsible forestry, emphasizing the complex landscapes of the northeastern United States, while also stressing global context and change. Students develop the ability to coordinate and manage all aspects of sustainable forestry through an education that combines a strong foundation in natural and social sciences with hands-on field classes, internships, research experience, and forest management projects. To enhance employability, students are strongly encouraged to pursue forestry internships and summer employment.
8 Semester Program Plan (PDF) | Mission & Learning Outcomes | Minors | Forestry Club & SAF Chapter | Resources for Current Students | Forestry graduate employment rates (PDF)
Research and Beyond the Classroom
The Forestry Program uses Vermont and the northern forest region as a vibrant educational laboratory, while giving students the preparation they need to work anywhere in the world that their lifelong pursuits and interests may take them. We emphasize experiential learning through extensive field instruction on University-owned lands, including our four Research Forests and ten Natural Areas, and other public and private forests throughout Vermont.
We encourage students to gain career-oriented experience while earning academic credit by assisting with field and laboratory research and through internship opportunities with a wide variety of public and private organizations. Experiential learning is enhanced through student research and training opportunities at the UVM Jericho Research Forest, a diverse 485-acre property located close to the main campus.
Learn more about internship, career, service-learning, research, and study abroad opportunities through our Office of Experiential Learning and our in-house Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator.