Discover Careers in Resource Management Programs

Our Discover Careers in Resource Management Programs are designed to provide students and their teachers with first-hand knowledge of some of the many careers associated with resource management. Over the dsc_0427course of two to two and half days, students and teachers participate in a variety of hands-on, field oriented workshops hosted by resource management professionals drawn from forest companies, consulting firms, government ministries and post-secondary institutions. Each workshop allows participants to gain insight into each career by ‘walking the walk’ and ‘talking the talk’ with each professional.

In addition to learning about what each professional does, students and teachers also learn about each professional’s personal career path beginning with their interests in high school through to post-secondary education and on through the assortment of jobs they may have held. Along with these personal insights, participants learn how to work safely in the forest with sessions on forest safety, wilderness survival and orienteering.

Discover Careers in Resource Management Workshops, Presentations and Activities

Note: workshops, presentations and activities vary from camp to camp.

Hands-on, Field-orientated Workshops

Block Layout
Fish and Riparian Management
Forest Health
Harvesting Operations
Integrated Resource Management
Road and Bridge Engineering
Soils and Ecology
Timber Cruising
Traditional Land Use
Wildfire Management
Wildlife Management



The Amazing NRM Challenge


Bear Aware and Forest Safety
Careers in Resource Management
Careers in the Forest Industry
Post-Secondary Education Programs
Wilderness Survival



For more information, contact: Mark LaFleur, Forest Education Manager  250-564-5136


What People are saying about the program:



David Weaver RPF
Silviculture Survey Specialist
Ministry of Forests and range
Forest Practices Branch
Victoria, BC

I’ve been asked to participate in COFI’s NRM camps for the past few years and I always make time to help out. The camps are very well run and the students that show up choose to be there – that makes it all worth while.
As a career forest practitioner, I am concerned about the future interest in this profession. The NRM camps are one of the best ways to solidly reach young people, exposing them hands -on to the challenges and joys of working in forestry


Kim Proulx-Scott, RPF
Tenures Forester
Ministry of Forests and Range
Quesnel, BC

COFI’s Natural Resource Program gives students a real look at the important work that occurs in the field of forestry. Students get hands-on experience with people who work in the forest industry. Students learn that there is great variation in the types of work there is in forestry from planning management strategies for timber supply to surveying the health of individual trees. The most important thing is that students get the opportunity to be outside and have fun! I have been involved with this program for several years and as a forester, I think it’s a great way for students to get a jump on career planning.



Terry Lazaruk RPF
Planning Forester
Vanderhoof, BC

I have been involved with COFI’s NRM Career Awareness Program as a presenter for the Integrated Resource Management workshop in the Vanderhoof area for the past 3 camps and I have found the program to not only be a lot of fun for the students and their teachers, but for the presenters as well. Having the opportunity to share your experiences and enthusiasm with some potential future foresters is a rewarding experience, and I would encourage any student who has a chance to get involved to see all of the job options and opportunities that exist within Natural Resource Management in BC.



Dan Broderick
Retired Forestry Teacher
Quesnel Secondary School
School Distrcit No. 28 (Quesnel)

COFI’s Natural Resource Management Program has been offered in Quesnel for three years. I cannot think of another program that better facilitates our youth gaining first-hand practical and theoretical knowledge from real professionals in real field settings. The program sets the context for the future of resource management and careers in forestry, government, academia and private practice. Thanks a million, COFI.


Ed Morrice, R.P.F.
Instructor: Natural resource & Environmental Technology
College of New Caledonia

Keep an open mind about your career options… forestry is a great choice but you have to find out what it is all about first. COFI’s NRM camps are a great opportunity to find out about careers and have a great time too.


Hugues Massicotte, Ph.D., Ing.F Associate Professor
Ecosystems Science and Management Program
College of Science and Management
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George, BC

My experience with COFI’s Natural Resource Management Program has been wonderful with younger students at Aleza Lake, and I think it was reciprocal with the level of enthusiasm and smiles generated by the participants. The setting provides an outside laboratory where we can explore plentiful mushroom fruiting in the Fall and discuss the contribution of mycology to forest growth and health, including mycorrhizal and lichen symbioses.


Jon Goalder
Career Coordinator
Smithers Secondary School
School District No 54 (Bulkley Valley)

This camp is a great opportunity for students to examine many different scientific and technical occupations in a hands-on and interactive manner, network with local professionals and develop and understanding of the complexity of resource management.


Caroline Mitchell
Chair, Board of Trustees
School District No 28 (Quesnel)

Excellent program offering students an opportunity to increase their knowledge and skill with what the Forest Industry has to offer for future career decisions.


Andy deBoer
Career Coordinator
Hazelton Secondary School
School District No 82 (Coast Mountains)

I thought that all forest companies did was cut down trees.’ was a statement made by a student on the way home from a COFI sponsored Natural Resources Management Camp in Houston. It is a lovely experience to be able to see learning take place, to see a student make a connection to information and know that this kid is different because of the learning that has taken place. We talk lots about experiential learning; this is a great example of what it looks like.