The Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT), which used to be called the Maritime Forest Ranger School (MFRS) in Fredericton, New Brunswick, was “born” way back in April 1946 as a co-operative effort between the provincial governments of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the wood-using industries of the two provinces.
In 1982, the Canadian college opened a Francophone program in Bathrust, New Brunswick.
This specialty Canadian college accepts only 55 students per year. Since programs are only two years long, the total student population averages somewhere between 90-110. You don’t need to be a math whiz to know that those numbers mean you’ll be more than just a number at this school!
So if you want to be a big tree in a little forest (and you also like the idea of working in forestry), you should check out this Canadian college.
If you go to MCFT, you’ll be enrolled in the two-year Forest Technology program and earn a diploma in Forest Technology.
The cool thing is you won’t have to look for a job the summer between your first year and your second year. The program includes a (yes, paid!) summer job (more details on that below).
You’ll be required to work in a natural resource field after you complete your first year of post secondary studies. This work placement must be approved by the college and will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.
You can also choose to pursue an advanced diploma in Forest and Fish & Wildlife Technology.
Students at this Canadian college can also obtain a university degree and earn two years’ credits toward the program. MCFT has articulation agreements with the University of New Brunswick and UPEI.
Become a Swamp Donkey (possibly the best team name ever!) and play hockey on the school’s team. Bonus: you’ll get to play on one of the two outdoor frozen ponds (just like a true Canadian!).
Enjoy your free membership to the MCFT Complex. Fitness facilities are accessible 24 hours a day.
Field work is required in all seasons and in all types of weather. You can expect to snowshoe in winter and hike at other times through the 28-hectare property. That will keep anyone in tip top shape!
All first-year students are required to live in residence unless other arrangements have been made with the school.
The school grounds are next to the University of New Brunswick woodlot, which allows quick access for students on outdoor labs and such recreational opportunities as mountain biking and groomed cross-country skiing trails.
Students have access to three woodlots which, when combined, total over 1,000 ha.
Since you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll be expected to bring certain equipment. Check here for the list and get shopping! Actually, you don’t have to panic because you can buy everything you need on campus during registration.
Join the MCFT intercollegiate woodsmen team and compete in CILA events against other post secondary students across eastern Canada.
Visit the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. (BTW, it’s a total coincidence that the art gallery is named after a beaver and you’d be attending forestry school . . . or is it?)
Spend your Saturdays exploring the Historic Garrison District downtown to the Boyce Farmers Market.
Photo Credit: Stephen Downes
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Maritime College of Forest Technology
1350 Regent Street
Fredericton NB, E3C 2G6
Collège de technologie forestière des Maritimes
Campus de Bathurst
725, rue du Collège, C. P. 266
Bathurst, NB E2A 3Z2
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