Conservation and Restoration Ecology Major – Diploma – Vermilion Campus

Live Your Career

The range of environmental careers is expanding based on growing demands from the public, industry, government and regulatory bodies.

From habitat restoration, wetland management and species-at-risk recovery to land reclamation, plant inventory work, and site assessment, accountability is demanded and global environmental responsibility is expected. As a CARE program student, you’ll be part of that effort.  

What does a CARE career look like? A CARE field trip took students out to industry where they met Lakeland grads.

Salary potential

The average, career-related starting wage for Lakeland Environmental Science Diploma graduates is $55,786. The Alberta Wage and Salary Survey reports that environmental industry wages start at $44,800, and average $136,000.
  • 100% of CARE graduates have either started their careers in the environmental industry or have chosen to pursue a degree here or elsewhere
  • 100% of CARE graduates say they are confident that they have the knowledge and skills they need to start a career
  • 92% of CARE graduates were either satisfied or very satisfied with this program and they would recommend it to others.

Employers hire Lakeland Grads
  • 94% of employers would hire a Lakeland grad again
  • 100% of employers would recommend Lakeland grads to other employers
  • 97.1% of employers are satisfied with the quality of Lakeland College grads
Source: 2016 Lakeland College Employer Survey conducted by insightrix

What our Alumni say
92 % are grads are happy in their jobs. Their satisfaction goes up if the job is related to their program
Source: 2016 Lakeland College Graduate Survey of Class of 2014. Conducted by insightrix

Check out where CARE graduates have found jobs and other industry links in the drop downs below.
Industry View More ∇
Husky Energy
Golder Associates
Tera Environmental Consultants 
Alberta Pacific Forest Industries   
Elk Valley Coal
Alberta Research Council
Matrix Solutions Inc.
O'Conner Associates
Stantec Whitford Consulting Ltd (formerly Jacques Whitford)
Millennium EMS Solutions
Government View More ∇
Alberta Environment
Environmental Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD - formerly Alberta Parks)
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management
Alberta Provincial Parks
Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area
BC Ministry of Forests and Range 
Waterton Lakes National Park
Jasper National Park
Grasslands National Park
Alberta Agriculture
Canadian Wildlife Service
Land Stewardship & Conservation Agencies View More ∇
Alberta Conservation Association
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
Nature Conservancy
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC)
Cows and Fish
Land Stewardship Resource Centre
Alberta Native Plant Council
Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan
Alberta Invasive Plant Council
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan
Alberta Wilderness Association
Conservation and Restoration Organizations View More ∇
Society of Ecological Restoration
Western Canada Chapter of SER
Alberta Parks- ESRD
Society for Conservation Biology
Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
Ecological Society of America
Canadian Land Reclamation Association
Global Restoration Network
North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre
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