Careers & Alumni
From campus to workplace
Graduates of Trent’s School of the Environment are career-ready and job-ready. Our graduates end up pursuing careers in the public sector (working for municipal, regional, provincial, federal, and international agencies); the private sector (employed by companies in the forestry and other resource industries and in environmental consulting firms); and with a variety of non-profit organizations, including many highly respected environmental agencies. Some find opportunities to apply what they’ve learned at Trent in far-reaching and unexpected ways, transitioning to careers in architecture, law, and medicine! Our graduates are also well positioned to take full advantage of new and emerging career opportunities in the environmental field, such as ecological restoration (bringing polluted or degraded ecosystems back to health) and carbon management (finding ways to reduce our impact on the climate).
Over 96% percent of our graduates say that they are happy with their choice of study and agree that they would repeat their decision to take environmental studies at Trent if they had to do it all again.
What are our grads doing now?
"Trent afforded me the opportunity to connect directly with my professors, who in turn became excellent professional references. I worked part-time through a TWSP position in my 2nd and 3rd year, the latter as the Environmental Resource Centre Coordinator. This opportunity was crucial, as it bolstered my academic portfolio with professional experience prior to graduating. Beyond that, involvement student groups on campus not only made my Trent experience unforgettable, it also added an edge to my resume and sharpened several work-force skills. A combination of faculty support, an environment conducive to developing my professional "real world" skills, engaging student groups and a connection to the Peterborough community are the important ways in which Trent played a role in getting me the job I happily do today." - A.Kaschenko, B.E.S.S., Climate Adaptation Intern with Green Communities Canada.
"The ERS program provided me with a variety of hands on learning opportunities and skills, as well as the ability to write and interpret technical reports." - B. Allen, BSc (ERS) Environmental Officer, Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
"Trent ERS program is fantastic. Because of the flexibility, you can tailor your education to your area of interest. My specific interest was in contaminants and distribution/toxicity in aquatic systems. Although my work is now primarily related to soil and groundwater contamination and not aquatic systems, my education is critical to my work. I have worked in enforcement of environmental regulations with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), I have worked on investigations of drinking water and wastewater systems, assessment of air quality (indoor air and stack emissions), and now primarily investigations of soil and groundwater contamination through borehole drilling, soil sampling, groundwater monitoring well installations and monitoring" R. Goodwin, BSc (ERS/Biology) Sr. Environmental Scientist, Kodiak Environmental Ltd.
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