How to Become a Land Manager

How To Become a Land Manager: Career Guide

To become a land manager you need a combination of industry experience, the proper skill set, and knowledge of where to look for a job.


Below we've outlined what you'll need to succeed in a career as a land manager.


We've also included helpful information for a land manager career, such as job description, job duties, salary expectations, a list of possible employers and much more!



Education Needed to Become a Land Manager

Although the specific education requirements needed to become a land manager can vary depending on the discretion of the employer, it is typical for land managers to posses an undergraduate degree in areas such as natural resource management, forestry, botany, environmental science or environmental engineering.


Although these degree programs may not be meant to specifically prepare students for careers as land managers, they will be of great benefit to these future professionals as long as they teach students knowledge, skills and competencies in the physical sciences relevant to land management, as well as environmental management.


Some university programs will provide students with instruction in other related areas such as restoration ecology, wildlife management, range land ecology and conservation biology. Specific courses in these undergraduate programs may include soil science, economics, agricultural engineering technology and sustainable land management.




Land Manager Job Description

Land managers are responsible for preventing environmental damage and harm to wildlife through careful management of the development and use of a region’s land resources.



Land Manager Job Duties

• Work with private land owners and government agencies

• Maintain current knowledge of pertinent legislation and land use regulations

• Design and implement ways to improve the land with minimal environmental impact

• Design, implement and evaluate programs to sustain the land and its wildlife

• May supervise harvests

• Choose and prepare sites for planting trees

• Monitor seedlings for signs of disease or insect infestation



Who Hires Land Managers?

Below are some examples of employers in a variety of different industries that can utilize the skills, knowledge and competencies that land managers have to offer.


• Agri-food companies

• Agricultural producers

• Consulting firms

• Environmental protection organizations

• Farm business advisory services

• Federal, provincial and municipal government departments

• Land appraisal firms

• Land reclamation companies

• Oil and gas companies


Please Note: Self-employed land managers typically work on a contractual basis





Experience Needed to Become a Land Manager

Those who become land managers for public or private organizations often have a combination the right education and experience in the field of land management at some level. Working as a forester or conservation scientist is a great way to gain experience in this field.


Some land managers may earn their positions without any relevant experience; amount of in-field experience needed to become a land manager is typically at the discretion of the employer.


If you are an aspiring land manager you can also gain experience for their future careers while they are still students by working in an internship or co-op position. Speak with your school’s career guidance office, or your professors to learn of possible positions you can apply for.



Land Manager Salary

There is no reliable and specific information currently available for Land Manager Salary in Canada, however salary data for closely related occupational groups is available.


According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, those working the in Nursery and Greenhouse Operators and Managers occupational group in Alberta earned an average wage of $23.01 to $25.59 per hour.


According to the same survey, Albertans in the Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists occupational group earned on average from $32.32 to $42.39 an hour.


In the United States, the numbers are a little different. The U.S Labor and Statistics reports that the median salary for Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers, which includes land managers, was $60,750 USD per year.


Please note: Salary levels can vary considerably for land managers, depending on the level of education, who the employer is (or if they are self-employed), and the amount of experience.



Land Manager Jobs

Our job board below has "Land Manager" postings in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Careers Similar to Land Manager

Listed below are jobs that are similar in nature to Land Manager, as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.



Forest Manager

Greenhouse Operator

Range Manager

Wildlife Manager



Land Manager Career: Resources

Please use the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as a Land Manager.


Management:Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers.” (September 4, 2019). Occupational Outlook Handbook - United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

Career Profiles:Careers - Land management.” (n.d.). Government of Alberta website. Retrieved December 29, 2019.


Please Note: Much of the information for this career guide was gathered from actual job postings, which due to the brief nature of their online presence, are not listed here as sources.




Scholarships for Becoming a Land Manager

Scholarships listed for majors that apply to becoming a Land Manager can be found on the following pages:


Botany Scholarships

Forestry Scholarships

Geography Scholarships


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming a Land Manager: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point to becoming a land manager. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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