Seasonal Employment and Graduate Student Opportunities

Over the years, the ELA has provided career-focused employment for hundreds of undergraduate students, and as a unique training site for graduate students working on doctoral and masters theses. Several of our staff scientists are adjunct professors at the University of Manitoba. Visiting research scientists represent many other universities in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere.

Each summer, we normally hire about 10 to 15 undergraduates working on degrees or diplomas in various branches of the environmental sciences, including biology, chemistry, geography, and engineering. These students should be pursuing a career in this field, and may come from Co-op programs or other programs in various universities, or from community colleges. They will have an opportunity to earn good money while gaining invaluable, hands-on field and laboratory experience. Often, these students go on to complete graduate degrees, either at the ELA or elsewhere.

Graduate research projects at the ELA provide students with the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, an internationally respected team of environmental scientists, both from the DFO Freshwater Institute and from a variety of participating universities and other agencies. The Freshwater Institute, which serves as the headquarters for ELA research staff, is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on the campus of the University of Manitoba, the oldest university in western Canada.

From time to time, we will post specific Employment Opportunities and Graduate Student Opportunities on this page. Prospective graduate students are also invited to contact prospective scientist-supervisors directly. For graduate students enrolled at the University of Manitoba and working at the ELA, financial support may be available through the ELA Fellowship Fund.

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