Event Details

The Eighteenth Annual University of Toronto Environmental Career Day will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. See details of the event below.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: This free event is only open to all currently registered undergraduate and graduate university and community college students. Registration on the day of the event will require you to show your valid 2019-20 Student ID card. You will be refused entry if you do not have your valid 2019-20 student ID card.

Location: Great Hall of Hart House - 7 Hart House Circle on the St. George Campus (downtown)Click for a map to Hart House .

Outline of Day's Events

 ActivityStart TimeFinish TimeLocation
Exhibitors from Government, Industry, ENGO's and Consulting 10:00 am 3:00 pmHart House Great Hall
Graduate Advisors from U of T Professional Masters programs 10:00 am
 
 3:00 pm
 
Hart House Great Hall
Representatives from U of T student organizations with volunteer opportunities 10:00 am 3:00 pmHart House Great Hall 
Environmental Employment Opportunities Workshop: "What I Need to Know to Get a Job!" - Speakers with valuable Career Experience to share 10:25 am 2:30 pmHart House Great Hall

2020 Speakers (to date):

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance  10:25 - 10:55

Michael Goffin, Regional Director General, Ontario Region, Environment and Climate Change Canada 11:05 - 11:35

Dorothy Gordon, Human Resources Specialist in the private and public sectors 11:45 - 12:15

Josephine Archbold, Manager, City Clerk's Office, City of Toronto 12:30 - 1:00 

Rosemary Martin, former Chief Sustainability Officer, First Capital Realty  1:10 - 1:40

Kira James, 4th year student in Environmental Studies and Architecture  1:50 to 2:20

Environmental Career Day - Previous Event's Speakers' Key Talking Points

The Environmental Career Day speakers, who came from various sectors in the environmental field, discussed and answered questions from students about what students should be doing now and after graduation to prepare for opportunities and possibilities. Here are some of the key talking points from their presentations: 

  • Skills & Knowledge - hone strong written and verbal communication skills; take training courses/programs for specific tasks and job requirements; commit to continuous learning; get a graduate degree, when relevant to do so. 
  • Experience - get involved on campus with extracurricular activities; volunteer during and after completing university; make the most of any volunteer and paid work you do, and do that work with a positive attitude, in order to build your experience and reputation - if you are generous and helpful to others, you will be a desired candidate for jobs. 
  • Determining your career interest - develop and nurture a network, with professors, fellow students, individuals in the work world, professional associations, and employment-networking groups; do informational interviews with those working in jobs of interest to you; select a career focus in order to stand out as a job candidate, but also be flexible about what jobs you will consider, in light of knowledge gained in seeking work.
  • Preparation and Presentation - take advantage of career support offered by your university; build a professional presence on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter); have a current resume that reflects your skills, work history and volunteer experience - think advertisement not autobiography; get input on your resume from those with related work experience; ensure your cover letter addresses what the job requires, and accurately reflects what is in your resume; be well prepared for job interviews - dress appropriately for the job, research the organizations to which you apply, do mock interviews; focus on answering the questions you are asked, and show enthusiasm for the job and the organization; always follow up with people after interviews - get feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.  

Finally, stay positive and focused in a difficult job market - there are jobs out there, so being well prepared and building a network is the key to finding them. 

Registered Exhibitors 2020 (to date):

AIESEC 

Bikechain 

Canadian Environmental Law Association

CUSO International

Downsview Park

Forests Ontario  

Halton Environmental Network 

High Park Nature Centre  

Jane Goodall Institute

LEAF 

Live Green Toronto Volunteers 

Marcatus QED Inc.

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Pine Project 

Pollution Probe 

Royal Ontario Museum - Hands-on Biodiversity

School of the Environment (collaborative graduate & professional development programs)

Sustainability Office, U of T 

Toronto Renewable Energy Coop 

U of T Career Exploration and Education

U of T Faculty of Forestry, Master of Forest Conservation (professional masters program - information available). 

U of T Mississauga, Master of Science in Sustainability Management (professional masters program)

U of T Scarborough, Master of Environmental Science (professional masters program) 

U of T Student Clubs & Unions with work and volunteer opportunities:

   Environmental Students Union, Graduate Environmental Students Association

   Forestry Graduate Students Association, Foresters' Club (undergrads),

   Graduate Geography & Planning Student Society, Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society

   UTEA (U of T Environmental Action) 

   UTB.E.E.S (U of T Beekeeping Education Enthusiast Society)

   UTERN (University of Toronto Environment Resource Network) project funding opportunities

Wildlands League (Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society)