Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario - the governing body for geoscience in Ontario. Student memberships are free.
In order to practice geoscience in Canada, it is necessary to be licensed. In Ontario, the APGO licenses geoscientists under the Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000. To be licensed it is necessary to complete a four-year B.Sc. or equivalent with courses as specified by the APGO. Western's Professional Programs are one way to ensure that you will fulfill all academic requirements by graduation. Following a four-year apprenticeship as a Geoscientist-In-Training (GIT) and the successful completion of an ethics and practices exam, you can be licensed as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.)
Geologists, Geophysicists and Environmental Geoscientists work in government, academia, and industry. They explore for valuable minerals, oil and gas, and water resources, perform environmental assessments and remediation, study natural hazards and risk assessment, climate change, and the history of the Earth itself, life on Earth, and the composition of other planets in the solar system and beyond.
Geology was ranked one of the 15 most valuable college majors by Forbes magazine in 2012. Western's Earth Sciences program offers training for a lifelong career in a dynamic, growing and rewarding field.
For more information about career opportunities in geoscience, please visit Western's Degree to Career website.
Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond (1996)
Published by the National Academy of Sciences; contains useful advice for planning a science career.
Geoscience Departments WWW Directory
Exhaustive list of links to geoscience programs in colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada; great resource when searching for graduate schools!
US News & World Report rankings
US News & World Report ranks universities every year. Their web site also contains information on careers and USA graduate schools (Note: check out how the rankings are made because some people complain that they are biased).
Peterson's Guide to Graduate Programs
Searchable database with information on all kinds of graduate programs.
The Job Market
Articles published in The Chronicle of Higher Education concerning the academic job market; presents some opposing points of view and calls for change in the way research universities think about and train Ph.D.'s.
Jobs for Geos
Geoscience job posting site, with postings in the environmental science, geoscience, and geo-engineering related disciplines.
Contains lots of good information about careers in science, choosing a graduate school, the tight job market for science Ph.D.'s, and other info that is well worth checking out if you are considering going to graduate school.
Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists
If you’re a new scientist or seeking a mid-career change, Peter Fiske’s book gives you practical advice and proven techniques for finding both traditional and non-traditional jobs in science. It includes examples of resumes and cover letters, and stories of scientists who have moved into a wide range of careers.
NextWave: Career Resources for Scientists
A weekly on-line publication devoted to scientific training and career development, provides global news, profiles of emerging careers, and advice from experts and role models drawn from your international scientific community.
Geology and Geophysics are among the best disciplines for students interested in finding summer work in their field of study. For those individuals interested in intellectually interesting work outdoors (often in wilderness settings), summer jobs in the Earth Sciences are second to none. Summer experience is also highly beneficial for students interested in a professional career in Earth Sciences after graduation. Below are a few tips that the department has compiled.
The GSC has offices across the country, in Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Every summer, they conduct field work in many areas of Canada, including offshore. They also do a fair amount of lab or computer based research, so many summer jobs with the GSC are mainly in one of their offices. Most of the GSC’s non-coop summer hiring is done through the Federal Summer Work Experience Program (FSWEP). In fact, most summer hiring for the entire federal government uses this program. Many students in this department have been hired through this program in the past. Applications are usually accepted starting in February.
TIP: Be sure to record and keep the "codes" you use to fill out the form.
The Ontario Geological Survey also hires summer students for field projects. The demand is somewhat variable from year to year. Apply through the web site.
Other provinces have geological surveys can easily be found using any internet search engine.
The Canadian oil patch is traditionally a very high employer of Earth Sciences graduates. Most of the oil patch is headquartered in Calgary, but there is a small but growing petroleum industry in southwestern Ontario.
TIP: Because of idiosyncrasies of their financial year end, oil companies hire summer students in the Fall. You should apply in October if you wish to find a job the following summer.
PanCanadian Petroleum Limited (now Encana)
Attention: Human Resources
150 9th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2S5
Fax (403) 2903309
Chevron Canada Resources Ltd.
500 5th Ave. S.W.
P.O. Box 2844
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3E3
Telephone: (403) 2968000
Fax: (403) 2967747
Gulf Canada Resources Limited
(bought out in 2001 by Conoco Phillips)
P.O. Box 130, 401 - 9th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 2H7
Main Number: (403) 233-4000
Toll Free: 1 800-887-4853
Fax: (403) 233-5143
Shell Canada Limited
400 4th Avenue S.W.
P.O. Box 100, Station M
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2H5
Koch Petroleum Canada, L.P.
1400, 111-5th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2P 3Y6
Tel: (403) 716-7600
Fax: (403) 716-7603
Many students are aware that the mining industry holds a convention in Toronto every March called the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada). Some students with strong networking/communication skills have used the PDAC as a forum to find a job. In fact, the PDAC typically has a job fair for students. Those interested in mining are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.
145 King Street West, Suite 1500
Toronto, Ontario M5H 4B7
Telephone: 416 361 7511
Fax: 416 361 7781
Noranda Inc. (now Xstrata including Falconbridge)
181 Bay Street, Suite 4100
P.O. Box 755, BCE Place
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T3
Tel: 1 416 982 7111
Fax: 1 416 982 7446
Eco.Org - This environmental careers organization has some of everything; News section has listing of environmental career links, Career Services has a listing of paid environmental internships, Publications sections has some good books for sale, etc.
Environmental Careers World - Job listings and information for employment in the environmental sciences.
Environmental Jobs and Careers - Information and job listings for industry and government employment related to the environment
Hydrogeology/Geology - A listing of available positions and resume posting in the field of hydrogeology
National Ground Water Association jobs page - Listing of positions available in ground water-related fields (hydrogeology, environmental geology, etc.)
Chronicle of Higher Education job classifieds
Mostly academic positions
Geotimes job classifieds
Mostly academic positions and some student opportunities
GSA Today job classifieds
Mostly academic positions and some student opportunities
Science job classifieds
Searchable database containing job ads in all areas of science
Weekly American Geophysical Union publication that has mostly academic classifieds with some student opportunities; online ads available only to members
Online job ads (academic and otherwise) and place to post your resume for potential employers
Online job ad listings; only partial list is available to non-paying customers
Ontario Government Job Website
Green Jobs Website
Laboratory and Science Company
Natural Resources Canada
Dillon Consulting firm
Raytheon Polar Services Company
National Research Council of Canada
Geological Association of Canada
Canada Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Geological Society of America
Environmental Careers Organization
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
Environmental Jobs and Careers
Many of these links come from a web page developed by R. Ambers and M. Saar (graduate students at the University of Oregon).