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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • agricultural consultant
  • consultant
  • environmental scientist
  • field technician
  • laboratory technician
  • landscape consultant/planner
  • meteorologist
  • natural resources analyst
  • pollution analyst
  • public policy analyst
  • research associate
  • resources conservationist
  • science writer
  • surveyor/mapping scientist
  • teacher/professor
  • tourism consultant/planner
  • water resource specialist

Sample Industries/Types of Employers

  • agricultural agencies
  • biotechnology companies
  • botanical gardens
  • consulting firms
  • environmental organizations
  • fisheries
  • government
  • mining/resource companies
  • research institutions
  • resource management organizations
  • science journals
  • testing laboratories
  • travel/tourism industry
  • wildlife organizations
  • zoos/parks

Online Resources

  • ECO Canada
  • Earthworks-Jobs
  • The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
  • Geological Association of Canada

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • conservation research technician assistant
  • engineering assistant/terrestrial ecologist
  • environmental specialist
  • policy and programs assistant
  • project coordinator
  • public health inspector intern

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Apply the principles of the scientific process – observation, hypothesis making, experimentation, data collection, analysis and interpretation – to formulate and test ideas using an objective and analytical focus.
  • Gather, assess, evaluate and interpret environmental data, in both the laboratory and in the field, and communicate the knowledge gained through those processes to both scientific and non-scientific communities.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge from the Natural Sciences for the purpose of identifying, protecting and preserving systems which help sustain ecosystems despite environmental changes in regional landscape and biome levels, or changes in population.
  • Identify major components of biological communities, and quantify their use of spatial and natural resources, within the context of biological and geochemical processes occurring within the physical habitats of organisms.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge, and develop the attitude and creativity needed to help discover and solve environmental problems caused by humans.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Sharon Chin-Cheong, Administrative Assistant

E: schin@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2189
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, BA401, Waterloo campus