Forestry & Natural Resources Forestry & Natural Resources

Forestry & Natural Resources

Take full advantage of our outdoor classrooms in the heart of the redwood coastal forest.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Forester
  • Conservation and Resource Manager
  • Remote Sensing Technician
  • Wildland Fire Ecologist
  • Park Ranger / Interpreter
  • Forest Road Technician
  • Forestry Aide for CALFIRE

Job Growth

We are surrounded by private, state, and federal employment opportunities. Employers of CR graduates include the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, CalFIRE, various forest industry companies, private consultants, and non-governmental organizations. Even more opportunities exist for students who are prepared to move elsewhere in the state or country.

The job outlook for foresters and forest technicians is robust. Fifty percent of current foresters/technicians are projected to retire within the next five years, which will open up new entry-level positions as more experienced foresters move up the promotion ladder.

“I have been fortunate enough to put all the knowledge I have gained from CR together with my past work experience to start two forestry businesses around forest restoration and drone/remote sensing technology…I highly recommend their program to anyone and everyone looking to further their understanding of natural resource management.”

- Joe Snipes (FNR 2017 graduate)

GPS and GIS, Remote Sensing Technology

Going forward, all forestry, ecology, wildlife and natural resource jobs will require experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). CR is your path to that goal. You’ll leave here with skills in global positioning, geospatial analysis, digital mapping, and 3-D terrain modeling.

Our Summer Drone Academy teaches the physics of flight and weather, how to plan, deploy, and manage drone related data, and how to personally pilot a drone in order to collect data.

 "These forests and the comprehensive style of our program allows students to apply the solid, scientific theory they learn in lectures and labs to practical experiences outdoors. From our classrooms, students can jump right into work as forest technicians or easily transfer to a 4-year forestry program." 

- Tim Baker, Forestry & Natural Resources Faculty