Environment & Forestry

Careers in the environment are an emerging market. New positions with varying requirements for education and experience open up every year. Foresters are often on the 'cutting edge' of environmental practices; new technologies are transforming this traditional industry into one that requires specialized training and new ways of thinking.

An environmental career allows students to apply their knowledge to crucial real-world issues and to manage the environment for their generation and beyond. Saskatchewan's forest industry, with over 60% of our forest resources registered with internationally recognized forest stewardship and sustainability councils, is one of those areas where long-term planning and environmental management are keys to success.

  • Saskatchewan’s environmental workforce represents 2.7% of the workforce, or 14,500 workers, with the majority being skilled and highly skilled.
  • The environmental industry is, in many respects, an enabling sector as environmental impact analysis and environmental planning are critical components to major projects that drive our economy.
  • The forecast demand over the next three years is 3,721 workers with the vast majority requiring post-secondary training
  • More than half of Saskatchewan is forested – about 355,000 square kilometres, with our key products including dimensional lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, treated posts and wood pulp.
  • Saskatchewan’s forest industry players have invested over $1 billion since 1999 into advanced state-of-the-art facilities, making them competitive leaders in global markets.

The environment industry is a rapidly growing sector of the Canadian economy that can provide rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities for students just like you. The majority of professionals working in the environmental sector have a background in science or engineering, but there are also opportunities for students of all disciplines to get involved, including students who wish to study communications, commerce, or education, to name a few. With an increase in environment-related concerns and a growing environmental conscience, it’s a broad and diverse industry that welcomes future environmental and forestry professionals. It’s your environment, why not make it your career?

This is a complete list of careers in this industry. Click a title to learn more.


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  • Biologist

    Hélène Careau

    Hélène Careau has an impressive list of initials after her name: B.Sc. for a bachelor’s degree in biology, GradDipEcotox for a graduate diploma in ecotoxicology, and MCPM for master’s certificate in project management.

  • Environmental Scientist

    Shay Anderson

    Raised on a cattle ranch southwest of Maple Creek, Shay Anderson is a farm boy at heart. So when he finished high school, enrolling at the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture seemed a natural career choice.

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