Your degree in Global Resource Systems

While studying Global Resource Systems (GRS), you’re learning how to use science to work towards economically feasible and socially acceptable solutions for current international resource issues, in a region of your choosing. 

You’ll develop important skills through interdisciplinary classroom and community experiences, which can focus on the collaborative management of human health and agricultural resources.

These skills may include:

  • Analysis of current global conservation issues to present economic feasible and socially acceptable solutions
  • Utilization of data to raise stakeholder awareness, allowing for informed decisions within food systems
  • Application of ethical considerations in international development, policy-making, and consideration of societal implications
  • Compilation and analysis of data combining scientific, sociological, and cultural factors
  • Assessment of development potential and future trends on local, regional, or national areas by conducting surveys
  • Development of a proposal to pitch a project to address land equity or global health issues.
  • Cross-cultural understanding to work in different local and global environments
  • Research and critical evaluation of food systems literature

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including natural resource management, environmental organizations, agriculture, international business development, regulatory affairs, international marketing, community and social services, waste management, food systems and production, sustainability consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Agricultural representative



Aquaculture manager

Bee Keeper

Business development officer

Child and youth worker

College instructor

Community development worker

Community service worker

Education program administration manager

Energy policy analyst

Environmental advisor

Environmental consultant

Fisheries technician

Healthcare consultant

Health program operations manager

Health services researcher

Home economics teacher

International aid and development project officer

Life skills instructor

Marketing consultant

Municipal planner

Natural resource planner

Natural resources officer

Public health inspector

Regional planner

Rehabilitation sciences

Social services planner

Staff training and development officer

Staff training and development supervisor


Training and development consultant

Make the most of your major

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.

UBC Farm
Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.

UBC Wine Research Centre
Connect with this centre that brings together researchers from the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses focused on technological advancement of the wine industry in British Columbia and Canada.

UBC Nutrikids
Meet other UBC students to work together to provide nutrition education workshops for Lower Mainland elementary schools. 

Roots on the Roof
Join this student-run club that manages community garden plots and hosts community events  on the roof of the Nest. 

UBC Sprouts and Seedlings
Volunteer your time with this student-run non-profit grocery store and café on campus. 

Vegans of UBC
Work with other vegans to build a more ethical and healthier UBC community.

Empower and educate children on obesity using programs showcasing balanced nutrition, food preparation, and building positive lifelong habits for well-being.

Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities.

Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer and build homes for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

World Health Organization
Work with this international organization with a commitment to achieve better health for everyone.

Summer Abroad for Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Study overseas and immerse yourself in a new culture during the summer with a partnering university.

Equity Ambassadors
Volunteer with students delivering workshops to raise student awareness on equity issues to build an inclusive and socially responsible campus community.

World’s Challenge Challenge
Form a UBC team in Term 1 to pitch your solution to a global problem in this student competition.

AMS Sustainability
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science clubs
Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and programs.

UBC Climate Hub
Develop advocacy skills addressing climate action with university and community stakeholders.

UBC Common Energy
Join any of the six student teams proactively working on sustainability issues on UBC campus.

Zero Waste Squad
Support making UBC a zero waste campus by volunteering with other students who value sustainability.

UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities. 

Agora Eats Café
Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student-run café within the MacMillan building.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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