MOSCOW, Idaho — Three new shortened degree programs offered this fall at the University of Idaho aim to meet growing workforce needs.
College of Natural Resources programs prepare students for jobs in fire mitigation, forestry operations, and nursery management after two years of study, instead of four. The offerings, approved by the State Board of Education in April, are the first associate degrees at the University of Idaho.
Students develop essential skills through flexible coursework and hands-on training while forming partnerships with private and public forests, nurseries, and real-world businesses.
“These new Associate of Science degrees are essential to fulfilling our land-grant mission,” said Charles Goebel, head of the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the U of I. Students in these programs use our unique resources and expertise to help meet the workforce needs of the growing forestry and wildfire industries.
In the AS Diploma in Forestry Operations and Technology, students work in one of the nation’s top forestry programs in terms of quality and value, using commercial harvesting equipment and technologies to help manage the experimental forest. over 10,000 acres of the U of I near Moscow.
AS Forest Nursery Management and Technology students participate in an experiential commercial forest nursery program with an emphasis on practices, technology, and operations unique to the North American forest nursery industry. Forest Nursery students focus on the propagation and production of native trees, shrubs and plants in controlled-environment greenhouses located at the Pitkin Forest Nursery at the U of I in Moscow.
Based on the college’s nationally ranked BS in Ecology and Fire Management, the AS in Fuels and Wildfire Technology is a flexible online program ideal for future permanent and seasonal employees employed as wildland firefighters and fire extinguishing technicians. Students collaborate with faculty experts and an extensive network of federal and state stakeholders.
Additional opportunities for AS students include networking opportunities with partner industries and completion of Idaho’s nationally recognized Logger Education and Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program and Office of Personnel Management Federal Series certification. Students seeking associate degrees through these programs can continue their education toward a bachelor of science degree.
For more information, contact the Department of Forestry, Range, and Fire Science at [email protected]
Professor of Forestry and Sustainable Products
University of Idaho
Professor of Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology
University of Idaho