See the Forest AND the Trees!

Northwestern Ontario is known for its vast forests – a beautiful and renewable resource, if we manage them properly. Do you have what it takes to help guarantee the Boreal Forest survives for generations to come? Does the idea of working outdoors in this rugged region appeal to you?

Confederation College’s Forestry Technician - Ecosystem Management two-year co-op diploma program prepares you for a career in all areas of forestry including forest management, forest resource conservation and protection, silviculture, fish and wildlife, fire management, research support, recreation and nature interpretation. You’ll learn how to balance the social, economic and ecological aspects of our natural resources so that our region – and our people – will continue to grow and thrive.

The skills learned in this program are transferrable across Canada and around the world. Topics include tree & shrub identification, soils & geomorphology, harvesting & wood products, forest operations, the history and culture of Canadian Indigenous Peoples, insects & disease, forest plant biology, silviculture, fire management, fish & wildlife management and geographical information systems (GIS). 

A truly one-of-a-kind program that will give you a head start in this dynamic industry!


  • Program includes two mandatory paid co-op placements after the second and fourth semesters of hands-on work experience. Placements are approx. 16 weeks in duration during the summer months
  • Balance of class work, field study and placements for a well-rounded education
  • Graduates can transfer directly into the third-year of Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resource Management four-year program, to obtain a degree
  • Transfer credits to other related college and university programs through our articulation agreements
  • Learn and work in a rich and diverse Boreal ecosystem!

I graduated from the Forestry Technician Program at Confederation College in 2004. ...

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Forestry Technician - Ecosystem Management program go on to a variety of positions in government or industry including Resource Technician, Forest Survey Technician, Fire Ranger, Conservation Officer,  Scaler, Harvesting Supervisor, Silviculture Technician, Fish and Wildlife Technician and Park Ranger. However, this program can also provide a strong background for others living and working in the forest in areas including eco-tourism and recreation, research and academics and development of projects that have an impact on our forests.

NOTE: This program provides a mandatory Co-op Work Term placement … (more information) …

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