Program Overview

Honours in Environmental Studies

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate programs are offered by the University of Ottawa. 

Potential occupation

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves.  

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.  


Occupations requiring undergraduate degree:

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

Energy policy analyst

Environmental impact analyst

Environmental issues lobbyist

Natural resources policy analyst



Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Environmental officer

Environmental health officer

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

Ecological interpreter

Planetarium interpreter

Urban and land use planners

Zoning officer

Managers in social, community and correctional services

Non-governmental organization (NGO) manager

Biologists and related scientists


Environmental biologist

Environmental toxicologist

Urban and land use planners

Urban planner

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability. 

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. Community engagement services help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study. 

Potential employers

The following examples of employers related to your program can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. It is also useful to browse potential employers website to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development. 

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • Canadian museum of nature
  • Canadian Seed Trade Association
  • City of Ottawa
  • Envirocentre
  • Environment Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Geofirma Engineering Ltd.
  • Health Canada
  • National Research Council Canada
  • J.F. Sabourin & Associates
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • Transport Canada
  • University of Ottawa
  • 3M
  • Alcoa
  • BFI
  • Credit Valley Conservation
  • Eco-Tec
  • Maxxam
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Nature Conservancy Canada
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • The Living City
  • Thunderhouse Forest Services Inc.
  • Waste Management - WM
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Aeterna Zentaris
  • Lafarge
  • Tembec
  • Alberta Institute of Agrologists
  • Cameco
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Government of Manitoba
  • Pinchin West
  • Saskatchewan Power
  • Viterra


Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters. 

Professional organizations

Professional organizations provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. The are a great source of information.  .

  • Biosphere Canada
  • Canadian Association of Environmental Management
  • Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
  • Canadian Environmental Network - RCEN
  • Canadian Policy Research Networks - CPRN
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Society for Environmental Biologists - CSEB
  • Earth Day Canada
  • ECO Canada
  • Environmental Studies Association of Canada
  • Geological Association of Canada
  • British Columbia Environment Industry Association - BCEIA
  • Ontario Environment Industry Association - ONEIA
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • We conserve