Environmental engineers can find work in a variety of fields in both the private and public sector. Privately, environmental engineers can work for local and international consulting firms such as Golder Associates, where they work as members of environmental teams of engineers, geologists, chemists, biologists, and environmental managers.
Environmental engineers can also work at developing and delivering environmental technologies for private companies. They can do this as employees of these entities or work as independent contractors.
In the public sector, environmental engineers often find work at the Ministry of the Environment, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Forestry Canada. They work on environmental projects, pollution control methods, and also work on public policy initiatives for various natural resource companies (mining, forestry, etc.). They can also design, construct, and operate facilities such as water treatment plants and landfills for municipalities.
Environmental engineers can also work in pure and applied research in an academic setting while at the same time teaching engineering at the post-secondary level. This research is usually in collaboration with levels of government, other universities, and also private entities.
A degree in environmental engineering can also be used to acquire the professional engineering (P.Eng) designation, which allows for greater employability with various government agencies.