June 23, 2004: Demand is high for environmental science practitioners

      June 23, 2004
      Contact: Graham Seagel
      Tel: 604.984.1764

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—The environmental science and management industry has a workforce that’s increasing at a rate 60 per cent faster than that of the growth of the economy as a whole, according to results of a 2003 labour market survey. The study, conducted by the Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment Industry, stated that there are currently 11,840 vacant practitioner positions nationwide with an additional 27,000 more positions coming available by 2006.

      “Employers are looking for good communication skills, project management capability, planning and organizational skills, and a keen knowledge of policy, legislation and regulations in the environmental science industry,” says Graham Seagel, instructor of the post-baccalaureate Environmental Science and Management program at Capilano College. “Graduates of our program are qualified to assume positions of responsibility at various levels in business, industry, government and non-profit organizations, depending upon their experience, work history and performance during the program.”

      Many university graduates holding a B.Sc, M.Sc, or PhD have found that they need marketable skills to enter the labour market. The Environmental Science and Management program at Capilano College is intended to support these grads to develop professional skills and experience in the environmental field. As well, the program assists those university graduates with entry-level positions who want to improve their professional skills and gain related experience, or who want to upgrade their professional skills and/or explore new career possibilities.

      “The nine-month intensive program is modeled on professional practices where the students work as if they are practicing in the environmental field,” Seagel says. “They receive mentoring from instructors and external advisors while implementing projects and research.”

      Graduates of the program have pursued a variety of environmental-related opportunities including: environmental management and assessment in the mining sector; coordination and documentation of environmental compliance in the chemical industry; setup, quality control and interpretation of aquatic toxicology tests; assessment of fish habitat values and potential impacts of development projects; site assessment and remediation of leaky underground storage tanks; independent environmental consulting services; coordination of municipal community-based environmental enhancement projects; environmental planning and management at the municipal level; and fish habitat inventory and enhancement for the federal government.

      For more information on the Environmental Science and Management program at Capilano College, call 604.983.7562, or e-mail: envsc@capilanou.ca.

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      For more information, please call Graham Seagel at 604.984.1764.