Careers

Graduates of the AQUA Program have embarked on an exciting variety of post-graduate activities and career paths!

We understand that graduates have many life goals and will follow multiple occupational and disciplinary career paths in their lifetime. The AQUA Program is designed to provide our graduates with maximum flexibility to take advantage of opportunities as they arise and to achieve new goals.

AQUA graduates find employment with government departments and agencies, in positions dealing with habitat restoration, fisheries enforcement, species research, marine protection, ocean strategy, policy and economic analysis, to name just a few.

Another employment track involves jobs with non-governmental organizations (NGS's), in fisheries, conservation, stewardship, environmental education, and community development fields.

Still others have achieved positions in academia as tenured university faculty, research and/or project managers, in laoratories, and in the growing field of environmental education. Some graduates have opted for self employment, as marine harvesters and ecotourism operators.

Employers are recognizing and seeking the skills and abilities that AQUA students have acquired during their education. They know that AQUA students are accustomed to viewing the world using multiple perspectives, are critical thinkers and problem-solvers, and are readily adaptable to organizational changes and challenges.

More than 50% of AQUA graduates have pursued graduate studies or completed professional programs in a wide range of areas, including public policy, environment, climate change adaption, law, geographic information systems (GIS), education, archaeology, geography, marine and/or fisheries management, marine biology, earth sciences, aquaculture, public administration, ocean technology, marine protected areas, coastal management, environmental sustainability, etc.

 

What can you do with your AQUA degree?

Here are some examples of positions held by AQUA graduates and graduate or professional programs that AQUA students have enrolled in after earning their StFX degree:

Oceans Act Coordinator, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Water Quality Specialist, Consultant, Ontario

Fisheries Analyst, Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

International Project Officer, Water Charity, United Kingdom

Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa

Policy Analyst (Stewardship), Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa

MSc Water Security and International Development, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Consultant (Oil and Gas Industry), Calgary, Alberta

Fisheries Officer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, locations across Canada

Master of Marine Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Master of Science (GeoScience), University of Calgary, Alberta

Lead Management Biologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, London

Policy Analyst (Climate Change), Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Halifax

Senior Environmental Geochemist, consulting company, international

Law: University of Ottawa, University of New Brunswick, Carleton University

Archaeologist, Panama, Jordan, and Alberta (consultant)

Master of Resource and Environmental Management, Dalhousie University, NS

PhD (Oceanography), Dalhousie University, NS

International Youth Internship (Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean), Coady International Institute

Master of Science (Biology), University of Prince Edward Island

Master of Science (Biology), Memorial University, Newfoundland

Master of Resource Management and Environmental Studies, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, BC

Aquatic Conservation Planner (GIS), National Conservation organization, Fredericton, NB

Habitat Management Officer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Antigonish

Master of Marine and Coastal Management, University Centre of the West Fjords, Iceland

PhD (Environmental Mineralogy and Aquatic Geochemistry), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Oceans Habitat Management Officer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Hydrometric Technician, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Alberta

Marine Protected Areas Planner, Environmental NGO, Nova Scotia

Climate Action Project Coordinator, Indigenous NGO, Nova Scotia