Your degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

While studying Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, you’re learning how to impact food systems and society’s relationship with the environment by protecting the soil, water, and air through the management of biodiversity. 

You’ll develop important skills based on scientific data and critical analysis of the needs of the communities involved to persuade and influence sustainable choices for food production. 

These skills may include:

  • Field research and surveys to collect data and samples of water and soil
  • Soil surveying and mapping for optimum land productivity and water management
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and data synthesis related to soil, water and the atmosphere, such as measuring CO2 emissions
  • Identification of best sustainable growing practices to yield higher nutrient content in crops
  • Application of best practices for crop production while balancing the needs of farmers and the environment
  • Organic nutrient management
  • Project management and experimental design for management of biodiversity and management of resources
  • Critical analysis of current food systems and environmental impact literature
  • Report writing related to the management of finite resources and food production
  • Utilizing best practices of management and conservation to sustain the production of crops and plants

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including food systems and production, agriculture, climate change and sustainability consulting, soil and water quality resource management, clean energy, start-ups, aquaculture, policy consulting, bioethics, 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 consultant

Agricultural soil and crop specialist

Agricultural technologist

Agroforestry consultant

Agrologist

Agrology technician

Agronomist

Aquaculture operator

Arborist

Bee Keeper

Biodiversity specialist

Biometeorologist

Clean Energy Analyst

Climatologist

Conservation officer

Crop protection technician

Ecologist

Ecosystem restoration consultant

Environmental advisor

Environmental planner

Farm weather consultant

Farmer

Field service agent - agriculture

Fish and wildlife officer

Fisheries analyst

Forest ranger for wildlife management

Fruit and vegetables inspector

Glaciologist

Greenhouse operator

Groundwater geologist

Horticulturist

Hydrologist

Irrigation and drainage consultant

Land management specialist

Land remediation specialist

Municipal planner

Natural resources officer

Nursery manager

Organic farming specialist

Plant breeding technician

Recycling program coordinator

Sedimentologist

Seed production agronomist

Sod farmer

Soil fertility consultant

Teacher (elementary through high school)

Tourism industry consultant

Vegetable packing supervisor

Vineyard manager

Viticulturist

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.

UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Check out educational and community-building events at the UBC Farm.

The UBC Parks Canada Club
Experience and explore Canadian parks while learning how to camp in a sustainable, safe, and environmentally conscious way.

Project Imagine
Use your passion for sustainability by joining this student-led group, who run a thrift store in the UBC Life Building.

Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab
Contribute to scientific research that focuses on sustainable agriculture related to the environment.

The Melt Collective
Change the way people view waste through projects looking at renewable resources and regenerative biodesign.

The Student Environment Centre
Help provide resources in the form of funding and consulting to those in the UBC community planning projects and events with an environmental focus.

HortEducation
Explore ornamental horticulture and agriculture-based trades and the skills required to work in this industry.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions internships
Apply your classroom knowledge to real-world settings through climate change mitigation or adaptation projects.

Plant Insect Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Get involved with research looking at the connections of plants and insects in respect to the larger picture of ecosystems.

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

From your Land and Food Systems degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Land and Food Systems degree.