Employment Programs for Emerging Professionals​

Stand Out in Your Environmental Job Search​

In the next decade, the demand for environmental skills and roles will continue to increase. Employers are changing operations and services to be sustainable, new regulations are being introduced and many practitioners will be retiring in the next 10 years.

This is good news if you are a young or recent graduate looking for meaningful work!


ECO Employment Programs

For over 20 years, we have been helping new practitioners connect with reputable employers and kickstarting careers. By receiving approval status with one of the below funding streams, you can stand out from the hundreds of other job applicants and tell recruiters that your resume comes with wage and training funding.

Thanks to the support of our funders – Natural Resources Canada, Climate Change Canada, Social Development Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – we have helped thousands of candidates start their dream job.

Benefits for New Practitioners:

Newly qualified practitioners often face barriers when searching for environmental roles. The ECO Employment Program aims to break these down.

By helping employers with wage and training costs, we make hiring new talent, like you, a great way to prove you are worth long-term investment.

Student Work Placement Program

If you are currently in school or are returning to post-secondary studies for upskilling your credentials, this program provides you will the chance to gain valuable on-the-job experience before you graduate. Up to $5,000 could go toward your next employment position.

Full-Time Internships & Entry-Level Job Funding

There are several program streams that could help you find your next employment opportunity. Each program provides your employer with thousands of dollars in savings for new hire onboarding:

Youth in Natural Resources

 Up to 80% in wage subsidies and training to hire junior professionals in roles related to Forestry, Mining, Earth Sciences and Energy.

Digital Skills for Youth

We cover 80% of wages and training up to $18,000 for environmental jobs that require digital abilities such as programming, data analysis and website development.

Science Horizons Youth Internship

Up to 80% of wages to hire junior professionals aged 30 and under for full-time permanent positions in climate change, environmental protection and sustainability.

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Learn more about each of these programs including eligibility and how to apply.

The value of these programs is founded in our commitment to championing Canadian environmental careers. This is valuable for educators, government, industry, employers and most of all, new practitioners like you.

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