Funding and Career Opportunities
- The Dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science provides $1,000 for each accepted student, earned by working on School research projects (Earn and Learn).
- Assistantships aren't available, but students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and other funding sources.
- The forestry and conservation job market is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014-2024, with a median $60,220 annual salary, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Starting salaries range from $35,000-80,000, according to Careers in Forestry and Natural Resources.
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Credentialed by the Society of American Foresters, this professional degree prepares you for a career in forestry working where you want to be: outdoors.
Where do MF students get summer jobs?
Experiential learning in summer internships and field positions is a key component of the MF program. Some recent summer jobs and locations MF students have gone to include:
- Timber prep technician, Forest Service, Arizona
- Timber and fire technician, Longyear LLC, Michigan
- Wilderness Ranger Intern, Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, NGO, Idaho and Montana
- Data Management and GIS technician, Pathways, Forest Service, Minnesota
- Forestry field technician, Deer-Forest Study, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Penn State, Pennsylvania
- Timber technician, Weyerhaeuser, Michigan
- Urban arborist, Hartney Greymont/ Davey Tree, Massachusetts
What kind of permanent jobs have MF students gone into?
Michigan Tech MF alumni are spread across the country, working jobs in all the various fields of forestry! Some recent graduates job titles and affiliations include:
- GIS and Remote Sensing position, MDA Information Systems, Michigan
- Silviculture Forester, Department of Natural Resources, Washington
- Urban Arborist, Davey Tree, Massachusetts
- Forester, Department of Natural Resources, Michigan
- Forestry Technician, Forest Service, Colorado
- Forester, Potlach, Michigan
- District Forester, Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Michigan
- Resource Forester (public outreach, invasive species, wildland fire, private and public land management), Department of Conservation, Missouri
- Regeneration Forester, Forest Service, Arizona
There are also a variety of workshops, certificates, meetings, and other opportunities to enhance your professional development as a Master of Forestry. Some of the regularly offered programs students are encouraged and supported to participate in include:
- Chainsaw safety certification
- Wildland Fire Red Card training and certification
- Forest Resource Management Projects - MF students can take a lead on projects directly impacting and managing School lands
- Society of American Foresters State and National Conferences
- Other Professional Society Conferences and Meetings related to Natural Resources