Accept our offer and start the Master’s of Science in Environmental Sustainability program next fall

Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019

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Are you wondering if you should accept our offer and start the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program next fall? We understand how big a decision this is. To help, we made this list of reasons why we think you should choose to study with us at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment.

Our three day Orientation Program is fun

Our CO-OP program has great placements

Our newsletter is tailored to you

Environmental job market trends in Canada are promising

Our alumni are getting great jobs

You can contact us easily


Our three-day Orientation Program is fun, and will connect you with environmental professionals in Ottawa

You will start the program with a fun and educational three-day orientation that is unique on campus.

We organize:

  • a Seminar on Environmental Sustainability where the professors from the four Foundation Courses (environmental science, economics, law, and policy) debate and discuss how sustainability is approached in their discipline
  • a number of panels with environmental professionals
    • a Career Opportunities panel
    • an Introduction to Smart Prosperity Think Tank panel
  • a number of tours and events to expose you to what is happening in your new community
    • a hike in Gatineau Park and a session with Park conservationists
    • a tour of Zibi with Windmill Development staff 
    • a campus sustainability tour
    • team-building activities with staff and your new classmates

Our Orientation program is a great opportunity for you to get to know your classmates, and to build a network of environmental professionals in Ottawa.
 

Our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability CO-OP program has great placements

You can extend your program by one year and apply for the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability CO-OP program in September. This program allows you to gain first-hand experience in environment-related fields. So far, everyone who applied and was eligible for the CO-OP program has been accepted.

Our CO-OP program has placements at organizations like:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (various branches such as: Environmental Stewardship Branch, Legislative Governance, and Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Species at Risk Program
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada, Energy sector
  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada
Jessica Currie, Master's of Environmental Sustainability student

“I secured a CO-OP placement at the World Wildlife Fund as an Associate Specialist for Research & Analysis. I was tasked with a national-scale project focusing on the loss of wildlife in Canada. I was the primary contributor to data aggregation, statistical analysis, and report formulation regarding trends in species abundance, which were published in the Living Planet Report Canada."

Jessica Currie is an M.Sc. Environmental Sustainability graduate, who now works at WWF-Canada as a Research & Analysis Associate Specialist


 

Our newsletter is tailored to you and your interests

Our bi-monthly newsletter will help you stay up to date on:

  • program deadlines
  • environmental events on campus and in the community
  • career and funding opportunities

Together, we identify opportunities that will help you get the most out of your graduate program experience, and give you the competitive edge you need for the job market.
 

Environmental job market trends in Canada are promising
 

Environmental jobs continue to rise:
  • ECO Canada’s Mid-2018 Environmental Job Market Trends report suggests that while employment growth has adjusted to “a more moderate and sustainable pace, which was somewhat expected due to the strong job growth in the latter half of 2017,”[1] environmental job postings in mid-2018 were trending 3% higher from the previous year[2].
  • According to Indeed.com (2018), “the green economy is the only other area or sector seeing job growth as strong as the booming tech sector.”[3]

We designed the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program to give you the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for this growing market.

Environmental jobs are interdisciplinary:
  • The “interdisciplinary” nature of environmental jobs is becoming more evident. According to ECO Canada, 91% of environmental employees in Canada are considered “multidisciplinary,” and “most employers (82.4%) report that their environmental employees perform in multiple sub-sectors, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of environmental work.”[4]

Our program aims to provide you with an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental challenges and opportunities. This is why you will learn the foundations of environmental science, economics, law, and policy in your first session. Once you have gained this knowledge, you will learn the skills and attitudes required to put this knowledge into practice in the winter session through a number of applied courses.

Environmental jobs required well-educated employees:

The 2013 Environmental Careers Organization Canada Labour Market Research Survey says that:

  • nearly one-fifth (19%) of the environmental workforce is expected to retire over the next 10 years, creating openings for primarily intermediate and senior level roles
  • that employees are well educated with more than one third (37.1%) of environmental employees in managerial roles.[5] 

You can get the education you need to fill these managerial positions by completing our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program.
 

Our alumni are getting great jobs in the environmental sector

Our program is walking distance from parliament hill. We aim to prepare you for positions in government, the private sector, and civil society. Once graduating from our program, you can become a policy advisor to a minister, sustainability manager, senior policy analyst, researcher, energy officer, and the leader of a community initiative.

Below is a list of our recent graduates and their current job titles:

Students employed within the Government of Canada:

  • Kamal Atwal, Environmental Officer, Transport Canada
  • Flavia Cracium, Environmental Management Officer, Department of National Defence
  • Courtney D’Aoust, Fisheries Management Officer at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Agatha Maciaszek, Officer, Caribou Protection and Conservation at Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Sam McIntosh, Species at Risk Officer at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Emily McTaggart, Policy/Market Analyst at Natural Resources Canada
  • Kate Mogg, Program Officer – Plastics Task Force / Circular Economy at Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Frédéric Séguin, Analyst, Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Bojana Tanovic, Research Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Students employed in the private and not-for-profit sectors:

  • Christina Chiasson, Policy and Communications Analyst at the International Join Commission
  • Jessica Currie, Research & Analysis Associate Specialist at WWF-Canada
  • Courtney Kehoe, Sustainability Consultant at Stratos
  • Sara Jane O’Neil, Policy Advisor at Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2018);  Senior Research Associate at Smart Prosperity Institute (2015 – 2018)
  • Bora Plumptre, Senior Analyst, Pembina Institute
  • Jordan Ross, Program Officer, Conservation and Demand Management at Hydro Ottawa
  • Danielle Soulard, Science and Regulatory Affairs Officer at CropLife Canada


Students who have decided to continue their education:

  • Nadia Eckerdt, 2018 JD Law graduate at the University of Washington
  • Andrew Kadykalo, PhD Candidate at Carleton University “Evaluating Evidence-Informed Decision-Making for Conservation”
  • Benson Westerterp, JD Law Candidate, Queen’s University


You can contact us easily. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Email or call Jean-Marc Thibault
envirograd@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5895


Authored by Kaitlyn Innes, Assistant Director (Graduate Programs) at the Institute of the Environment


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Environmental Job Trends in Canada

[1] Environmental Job Market Trends Mid-2018. ECO Canda. (December 2018) Retrieved February 2019, from https://www.eco.ca/research/labour-market-information/

[2] Environmental Job Market Trends Mid-2018. ECO Canda. (December 2018) Retrieved February 2019, from https://www.eco.ca/research/labour-market-information/

[3] Environmental Job Market Trends Mid-2018. ECO Canda. (December 2018) Retrieved February 2019, from https://www.eco.ca/research/labour-market-information/

[4] Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment: Labour Market Research Study 2013. (2013). Retrieved February 2019, from http://www.eco.ca/ecoreports/pdf/2013-Profile-Canadian-Environmental-Employment-ECO-Canada.pdf

[5] Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment: Labour Market Research Study 2013. (2013). Retrieved February 2019, from http://www.eco.ca/ecoreports/pdf/2013-Profile-Canadian-Environmental-Employment-ECO-Canada.pdf

 

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