Your degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

Skills you'll develop

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

Find career possibilities

Career opportunities vary 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. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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 Canadian parks while learning how to camp in a sustainable, safe, and environmentally conscious way.
  • NatureKids BC
    Engage BC children and their families to get outdoors to play and learn about nature.
  • Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab
    Contribute to scientific research that focuses on sustainable agriculture related to the environment.
  • 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
    Learn about 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 by volunteering with this student-run café the MacMillan building.

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Sustainable Agriculture and Environment graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

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.