Co-operative Education - Students - FAQ
What is Coop?

Co-operative education is a structured educational program whereby students spend alternating periods in university and employment. The Cooperative Education Option is available to students registered in either the Major or Honours degree programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Physical Geography.

Why do Coop?

  • Acquire theoretical knowledge and practical work experience.
  • Focus your education, and select areas of specialization for choosing senior courses and selecting a Focus Area.
  • Improve your professional development by engaging in networking opportunities, and participating in conferences and workshops.
  • Develop mentoring relationships with employers.
  • Explore many career options without a long-term commitment.
  • Help finance your education through relevant work experience.
  • Create an impressive resume that sets you apart from other students.
  • Develop workplace skills that provide you hands-on experience with the latest tools and equipment.
What does it cost?

Students enrolled in the Coop program are assessed a program fee of approximately $600.00 with their first placement. This fee assessment covers course fees for ENVR 3980, ENVR 3990, and any additional placements. Once a student has accepted a position with a Coop employer, no portion of the program fee will normally be refunded.

How much are students paid?

Students are paid competitive wages reflective of the students’ work experience, academic achievement and value to the organization.

How does it work?

The Co-op program consists of two employment work terms totaling eight months and six credit hours of mandatory course work. An optional third work term and work term report is available to interested students. Each academic term and each employment term commence in January, May or September. The work term must provide a minimum of 420 hours of employment. While on a work term a Cooperative Education student is not permitted to take more than three additional credit hours of academic work outside of the requirements of the Coop placement without consent of the employer and the Cooperative Education Coordinator.

If you have completed 60 credit hours (including required courses) in a Major or Honours degree program in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Physical Geography than you are eligible to apply for the Cooperative Education Option. Please contact the coordinator for more information on enrolling in the program:

Leslie Goodman, Coordinator
Cooperative Education Option       
440 Wallace Bldg.
Phone: (204) 474-7252
FAX: (204) 275-3147
Jodena Baertsoen, Assistant
Cooperative Education Option
440 Wallace Bldg.
Phone: (204) 474-6225
FAX: (204) 275-3147

Where do students get jobs?

Students can get jobs in a wide range of fields. Some of our cooperative employers include:

  • West Souris River Conservation District
  • Manitoba Conservation
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Manitoba Forestry Association
  • Miller Environmental Corporation
  • ND Lea Engineers and Planners
  • University of Manitoba; Soil Science
  • CanAlaska Ventures Ltd.
  • Government of Nunavut
  • Envirotest Laboratories
  • Winnipeg Water and Waste Department
  • La Salle Redboine Conservation
  • Prairie Architects Inc.
  • Meewasin Valley Authority
  • Partners for the Saskachewan River Basin
  • Environment Canada
  • Department of National Defence
  • Western Economic Diversification
  • Deep River Science Academy
  • Inco Ltd.
  • Imperial Oil Ltd.

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Student FAQ's


Employer Information


Forms for students:

Employment Details (.pdf)

Enrolment Application (.pdf)

Post-employment evaluation (.pdf)

Waiver (.pdf)

Co-op Incentive Brochure (.pdf)

Lynn Frazer a honours environmental science student in the co-operative education program at the University of Manitoba. Her work term placements have included the Experimental Lakes Area, where she conducted a project using fluorescent microspheres to quantify cladoceran grazing rates, and the University of Manitoba, where she tackled local environmental issues researching a set of shallow urban prairie lakes. Scholarships received include the Experimental Lakes Area Undergraduate Fellowship Award and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Summer Undergraduate Research Award. Her interest in key aquatic issues has taken her to various conferences and seminars, including the Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference in Fargo, ND (January, 2005) as well as the North American Lake Management Society Conference in Madison, WI (November, 2005), where she was the lead author in a poster presentation on urban prairie lake management. She continues to involve herself in the community as a volunteer at the Fort Whyte Centre, to promote and develop environmental education material for the public. Overall, the co-op program has helped to pique her interest in the field of aquatic research, hone research and technical communication skills and make valuable network connections. Currently, she is completing her honours thesis on the importance of zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions in determining the length of the clear-water phase and plans to attend the Prairie Universities Biological Symposium (PUBS; February, 2006) to showcase her research.