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Forest Operations Management

What is Forest Operations Management?
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OSU Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management

What is Forest Operations Management?

From the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, "The Bachelor of Science in Forest Operations Management will educate society-ready natural resource professionals with strengths in forest operations, forest management, and business management to support the needs of the forestry sector in Oregon. Currently, we anticipate the greatest demand for these graduates to be from the forest industry and the contractors that support operations on industrial and state agency forestlands where timber production is a land management objective. For example, the graduates will be well-prepared to work in the forest products industry as entry-level managers of forest operations projects for service firms such as logging or silvicultural contractors, or be employed directly as company or agency representatives that supervise this growing contracting work force. Additionally, graduates will have the business background that will allow them to add value to the growing new class of forest landowners in Oregon - the timberland investment management organizations. We anticipate relatively little demand for these graduates from the federal land management agencies at the present time, but some projections call for an emerging shift in objectives that could trigger demand for FOM graduates within the decade.

"Those who complete this program will be well prepared to continue on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines that range from forestry to business. Graduates will have completed the foundational coursework required to apply for admission into an MBA graduate program. Completion of this graduate degree is a common approach used to enhance career options in the private forestry sector."

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Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

USDA Forest Service Jobs - Provides information on different jobs within the Forest Service.

Alaskan Observers  - recruits biologists year-round to work as Domestic Groundfish Observers in Alaska. Also recruit biologists to work as observers in Washington, California, and Oregon. In the business of helping the government obtain the data necessary to achieve a sound management plan for the protection and benefit of future fisheries resources in the Bering Sea, North Pacific, and on the West Coast. 

Conservation Job Board - a natural resource career website that lists the latest jobs in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, ecology and other fields related to natural resources.

American Fisheries Society - lists professional positions nationwide.

Cool Works - lists jobs in national parks, state parks, resorts, and amusement parks.

Cyber-Sierra - lists corporate, non-profit, and governmental jobs in the conservation and environmental fields. 

Environmental Jobs and Careers - lists professional positions in the environmental field.

GIS Jobs Clearinghouse - offers professional resources and job listings in geographic information systems.

SustainLane - Green Collar Jobs Board

Environmental Organization Web Directory & Employment

Environmental Jobs and Careers

Environmental Career Opportunities - Ecojobs


Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

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Indian Affairs- Fish, Wildlife and Recreation - Educate yourself on what the Indian Affairs are all about and the different programs and careers they offer.

Fire and Aviation Management - Learn about the wide field of Fire and Aviation jobs available out there to you.

Reforestation Worker - This is an overview on what type of work a Reforestation Worker does.

National Forest Health Monitoring - Learn the facts about what health monitors of the forest do and how they do it.

Criminal Justice Careers - List of criminal justice career opportunities, with some connecting to forestry. Provides a full range of information about the careers including job requirements, salary infomation and school/training information.

National Registry of Environmental Professionals - provides resources, jobs, and links for environmental professionals.

Forestry Insights

Professional Association Links

American Forest and Paper Association - Provides essential information on what type of industry AF & PA is and the type of work its employees do.

Student Conservation Association - Seasonal work & internship opportunities are offered in all 50 states.

USDA Forest Service - provides resources, jobs, and information about careers in the Forest Service.

Environmental Careers Organization

Society of American Foresters

Global Association of Online Foresters

National Recreation and Park Association

National Association of State Foresters

Society for Range Foresters

Forest Products Society

Center for International Forestry Research

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