Co-op in Environmental Science

Co-operative Education is an academic program that integrates study with paid, discipline-related work experience. Co-op students gain an enriched understanding of their academic program through practical application. In addition they refine their employability skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in their field, and gain an understanding of the realities of the workplace.

To graduate with the Co-op Option, students complete three 4-month Co-op work terms (with an optional fourth) or a 12- or 16-month internship between their third and fourth years of study. Students that complete three Co-op work terms, or an internship, will receive 3 credit-hours, counting as one elective course for graduation requirements.

Students typically enrol in Co-op at the beginning of their second year of study, but third-year students are also welcome. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

All Co-op students attend workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in job preparation skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, business ethics, and more.

For further details on Co-op, please visit the Co-op website.

Visit the Earth and Environmental Science Department.

Student Testimonials

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Jason_Power.jpg"Co-op gave me a new experience each and every day; it gave me skills that I couldn't learn from the classroom. This experience also made me realize that what I was learning in the classroom is applicable to field research and would help me when seeking fulltime employment. Not only did I learn valuable work related skills, but my work gave me the opportunity to travel the province, meet important researchers and policy makers and experience Nova Scotia's wildlife from helicopter, boats, ATV's, trucks, and snowmobiles. These work terms have helped me to re-affirm my ambition to become a scientist. Co-op is a great, once in a life time experience. - Get out and enjoy it!"

Jason Power
'12 BSc Environmental Science and Biology (Co-op Option)

Co-op Work Terms
        - Wildlife Ecologist Assistant (Furbearers and Upland Game Program), Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division, Kentville, NS
        - Aquatic Invasive Species Research Assistant, Nova Scotia Department Fisheries and Aquaculture(Inland Fisheries), Pictou, NS

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Melissa_Cull.jpg"Joining the Co-op program at Acadia University was one of the best decisions I've made since enrolling at the university.  Co-op has enriched my education by providing me with the chance to add an applied edge to my degree, which will benefit me greatly as I head out into the workforce.
  My first work term was with a non-profit organization, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, as a field technician on the Mahone Bay Roseate Tern Recovery Project.  I was able to experience a wide variety of working conditions such as: Office work, community involvement, and fieldwork.  A major portion of this job was spent on the ocean monitoring islands for tern distribution, abundance, productivity, and success. 
  For my second and third work terms I moved across Canada to Calgary, Alberta to work for Stantec in their vegetation department; this was the cherry on top of my Co-op experience.  Most of my summer was spent conducting various vegetation surveys all over the province allowing me to travel and experience Alberta firsthand.  I feel very privileged to have this experience behind me as all of my work terms have met and exceeded my expectations."

Melissa Cull
'11 BSc Environmental Science (Co-op Option)

Co-op Work Terms
        - Field Technician, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, Mahone Bay, NS
        - Vegetation Ecologist (8 months), Stantec, Calgary, AB

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Sarah_Haverstock.jpgAbout Co-op work experience in Malawi,
"The opportunity to be immersed in rural society is an invaluable learning experience. I was able to get a sense of the people and their spirit, their lifestyle and the land. Over time a mortar and pestle and a hoe had become more familiar than a knife and fork and I had gained a new perspective on western life. I saw first-hand the needs and limitations of capacity building with farmers, as well as the effectiveness of NGO's in Malawi and the challenges they face. For volunteers who want to see the direct effect their actions have on people, this is the place to be. It was a character building experience and I was continuously learning.  My success depended almost entirely on the people I worked with, my ability to adapt and how quickly I was able to develop a thick skin."

Sarah Haverstock
'08 BSc Honours Environmental Science (Co-op Option)

Co-op Work Terms
        - Environmental Database Co-op Student, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Kentville, NS
        - Natural Resource Management Advisor, World University Service of Canada, Malawi

Employer Upon Graduation: Environmental Educator, Saskatoon Island Provincial Park