Geology and Geophysics are among the best disciplines for students interested in finding summer work in their field of study. For those individuals interested in intellectually interesting work outdoors (often in wilderness settings), summer jobs in the Earth Sciences are second to none. Summer experience is also highly beneficial for students interested in a professional career in Earth Sciences after graduation. Below are a few tips that the department has compiled.
i) Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)
The GSC has offices across the country, in Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Every summer, they conduct field work in many areas of Canada, including offshore. They also do a fair amount of lab or computer based research, so many summer jobs with the GSC are mainly in one of their offices. Most of the GSC’s non-coop summer hiring is done through the Federal Summer Work Experience Program (FSWEP). In fact, most summer hiring for the entire federal government uses this program. Many students in this department have been hired through this program in the past. Applications are usually accepted starting in February.
TIP: Be sure to record and keep the "codes" you use to fill out the form.
ii) Ontario Geological Survey
The Ontario Geological Survey also hires summer students for field projects. The demand is somewhat variable from year to year. Apply through the web site.
iii) Provincial Geological Surveys
Other provinces have geological surveys can easily be found using any internet search engine.
iv) Environment Canada
v) USA Government Agencies
The Canadian oil patch is traditionally a very high employer of Earth Sciences graduates. Most of the oil patch is headquartered in Calgary, but there is a small but growing petroleum industry in southwestern Ontario.
TIP: Because of idiosyncrasies of their financial year end, oil companies hire summer students in the Fall. You should apply in October if you wish to find a job the following summer.
i) General oil industry web sites that have many links:
ii) Companies that hire summer students (let us know if you find more):
PanCanadian Petroleum Limited (now Encana)
Attention: Human Resources
150 9th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2S5
Fax (403) 2903309
Chevron Canada Resources Ltd.
500 5th Ave. S.W.
P.O. Box 2844
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3E3
Telephone: (403) 2968000
Fax: (403) 2967747
Gulf Canada Resources Limited
(bought out in 2001 by Conoco Phillips)
P.O. Box 130, 401 - 9th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 2H7
Main Number: (403) 233-4000
Toll Free: 1 800-887-4853
Fax: (403) 233-5143
Shell Canada Limited
400 4th Avenue S.W.
P.O. Box 100, Station M
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2H5
Koch Petroleum Canada, L.P.
1400, 111-5th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2P 3Y6
Tel: (403) 716-7600
Fax: (403) 716-7603
Many students are aware that the mining industry holds a convention in Toronto every March called the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada). Some students with strong networking/communication skills have used the PDAC as a forum to find a job. In fact, the PDAC typically has a job fair for students. Those interested in mining are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.
ii) General mining geology job sites
Industrial Companies and Commodities: mining (InfoMine & Industry Book - mining, for example), tile, clay, limestone, cement, coal, oil/petroleum, crushed stone, sand and gravel, industrial minerals, lime, soda ash, trona, zeolite, metals, phosphate rock, gypsum, diamond
Mining Plaza - jobs for new graduates in Australia
iii) Large Mining Companies (let us know if you find more):
145 King Street West, Suite 1500
Toronto, Ontario M5H 4B7
Telephone: 416 361 7511
Fax: 416 361 7781
Noranda Inc. (now Xstrata including Falconbridge)
181 Bay Street, Suite 4100
P.O. Box 755, BCE Place
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T3
Tel: 1 416 982 7111
Fax: 1 416 982 7446
Eco.Org - This environmental careers organization has some of everything; News section has listing of environmental career links, Career Services has a listing of paid environmental internships, Publications sections has some good books for sale, etc.
Environmental Careers World - Job listings and information for employment in the environmental sciences.
Environmental Jobs and Careers - Information and job listings for industry and government employment related to the environment
Hydrogeology/Geology - A listing of available positions and resume posting in the field of hydrogeology
National Ground Water Association jobs page - Listing of positions available in ground water-related fields (hydrogeology, environmental geology, etc.)