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Ecologists study the interactions between living things and their environment. They do this to understand how natural and human-caused changes in the environment influence the behaviour and abundance of species and how interactions between ecosystems, species, and their environment influence the natural world. They may interpret and monitor ecosystems for science, policy, and land management. (OCCinfo by alis)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC)
- U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information O*NET Online
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Career Explorer by Sokanu - Career Profiles (U.S. resource)
- A Day in the Life of an Ecologist - The Princeton Review
- Ecologist career profile - Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
- Bio-economy Career Profile: Aquatic Ecologist - BioTalent Canada
- News Feature: The Ecologist who wants to map everything - Nature
- Ecology applications in industry and society - Ecological Society of America (ESA)
- Where can Ecology take you? - career development resources from the British Ecological Society
- Exploring Ecological Careers - articles from ESA's Next Generation Careers –Innovation in Environmental Biology Education
- Let's Talk Science Career Profile - Associate Ecologist
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Biological Sciences - Faculty of Science
- B.Sc. Agroecology program - Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
- B.Sc. Environmental Science program - Faculty of Earth, Environment & Resources
Exploring Other Education Options
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained biologists and other related scientists
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Canada Job Bank - Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Ecological Society of America (ESA) - Canada Chapter
- Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
- Society for Ecological Restoration
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba - Member Directory
- Manitoba Environmental Industry Association
- Environmental Careers Organization Canada
- Society for Ecological Restoration - Business/Organizational Directory
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
External resources that will provide you with additional information about the occupation, areas of work and opportunities to build experience:
- Biological Undergraduate Students Association (Facebook page)
- University of Manitoba Wetlanders (Facebook page)
- Article: The Wetlanders - Ducks Unlimited profile of the UM student group
- Nature Manitoba
- Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society
- Manitoba Association of Watersheds
- Environment and Climate Change Canada - Government of Canada
- Parks Canada - Government of Canada
- Environment and Climate - Manitoba Government
- City of Winnipeg - Parks
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - view 'Students and Fellows' programs
- Issues In Ecology - publication from ESA
- Nature Education - The Knowledge Project: Ecology
- Career News from Nature
- Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution
- National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (U.S.)
- Canadian Forests Website - Private business directory
- Green Mentor Program: Project Learning Tree Canada - for youth aged 18 to 30 with an interest in forestry and conservation