Forest Technology Degree

Forest Technology Degree

Penn State Mont Alto was founded as the nation's first public forest academy and has a rich tradition of conservation and environmental awareness.

Why Forest Technology?

  • You want to make a difference in your outdoor environment
  • You are interested in field-oriented study
  • You are interested in ecology, forests, and wildlife
  • You want to work for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry or for a tree-care company

Forest technicians are trained to perform fieldwork in forest management, tree care, and wildlife management. They conduct forest inventories, gather research data, mark timber, and supervise timber sales.

What makes Mont Alto's Forest Technology program special?

At Mont Alto, the Forest Technology major isn't just about trees. It's about nature and science, environment and research, conservation and technology.

The Forest Technology associate degree program can help you prepare for a career in forestry and natural resources management. You will gain classroom knowledge and field skills to build your career. Half of the Forest Technology class time is spent outdoors giving our students invaluable hands-on training!

Our Forest Technology curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and is one of only 24 accredited programs in North America.

After the Associate degree, then what?

Many of our graduates continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree. Forest Technology students can transition to bachelor of science programs at the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

The faculty in Penn State Mont Alto's Forest Technology program are great at connecting graduates with prospective employers, too. Our Forest Technicians work inside and outside, providing consultation, promoting forest and tree health,  supporting soil conservation, surveying land, and fighting wildfires. There are jobs to be had in the private sector, as well as in state and federal government agencies.

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