He is a seasoned Professor and the pioneer Head of Department of Forestry and Environment, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, a position he held position from 2004- 2007 and 2011 to 2015. Similarly, he is the serving Deputy Dean, Faculty of Agriculture of the University from 2011 to 2015. He is also the current President of the Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN), Rivers State Chapter. Prof Ukoima has over eighty (80) publications in International, National and Local journals as well as conference proceedings. He has delivered hundreds of technical and practical-oriented presentations within and outside Nigeria.