College Pathway:

Possible Careers
Many labour market experts predict that the
environmental sector will be a growth area for
employment over the next decade.
Workplace/Apprentice Pathways:
Tour Guide
Outdoor Adventure Skills
Customer Service – Environmental Sector
Lifeguard / Swimming Instructor
Environmental Construction Builder
Operators and Attendants in Amusement,
Campground, Recreation and Sport
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Operators
Nursery and Greenhouse worker
Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing
Recycling Technician
University Pathway:
Agricultural and Environmental Scientist
Conservation and Restoration Ecologist
Marine Biologist
Engineer (Environmental, Biological, Geological, Civil)
Marketing Coordinator
Biologist/ Zoologist
Environmental Chemist
Environmental Researcher/Engineer
Land Resource and Soil Scientist
Natural Resources Coordinator/Manager
Environmental Lawyer
Water Quality Scientist/Engineer
Architectural Technologist
Renewable Energy Engineer/Consultant
Biodiversity Officer
Environmental Hygienist
Fisheries Researcher
Recycling Coordinator
Environmental Journalist
Environmental Philosopher
Environmental Consultant
Green Investments Adviser /Consultant
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College Pathway:
Chemical/Environmental Engineer
Ecosystem Management Technologist
Environmental and Civil Engineer
Health and Safety Inspector
Landscape Management
Environmental and Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Science and Technologist
Fish and Wildlife Technician/Technologist
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
GPS/GIS Technologist
Integrated Environmental Site Remediation
Natural Resources – Law Enforcement
Park Operations and Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Adventure Tourism and Ecotourism Guide
Wildlife Rescuer/Biologist
Environmental Activist
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Specialist High Skills Major
"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a
certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself.
Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to
something larger than yourself that you realize your true
potential." Barack Obama
"As the heirs to this natural endowment, we understand
that it is merely on loan, passed onto us from previous
generations to safeguard for the generations yet to
Stephen Harper
“The potential for innovation, scientific
discovery and business investment and
growth is enormous…the very act of solving
climate change can unleash a new and
benign commercial force to take the action
forward, providing jobs, technology spin-offs
and new business opportunities, as well as
protecting the world we live in.”
Tony Blair (former UK Prime Minister)
“Do you want to do something with value and meaning
with your career? Do you want to make a difference in
the world and in the lives of others, something that has
social value? Do you believe that one person can make a
difference? And do you identify with those who have
dedicated their lives to make the world a better place? If
so, you are someone who will be happiest in a career
that strives to improve and protect human and animal
lives, society, and the environment” UTM Careers
What is the A.C.E. Specialist
High Skills Major?
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program is a
ministry approved specialized program that allows
students to focus their learning on a specific sector
while meeting the requirements of the Ontario
Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
A SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills
and knowledge in the context of engaging, careerrelated learning environments and helps them focus
on graduation and on pursuing their post-secondary
Why enrol in the A.C.E.
Program at Gonzaga?
Students who enrol in the Specialist High Skills Major
(SHSM) Program have unique opportunities:
Customize their secondary school education to
suit their interests
Earn sector-recognized certifications and training
Reach Ahead opportunities
Access resources, equipment, and expertise not
available in the regular high school programs
Graduate with a Red Seal on their diploma, which
indicates the additional qualifications and
specializations the student has done
Helps students gain confidence in their ability to
succeed and see the connections between their
studies and the world beyond
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Job-shadowing and work experience
2 Credits in Cooperative Education
Field trips and other learning experiences
College and University visits for Lectures,
Conferences and Presentations
Program Requirements
Bundled Credits
Every SHSM must include a bundle of 8-10 Grade 11 and
Grade 12 credits that include:
4 major credits that provide sector-specific
knowledge and skills (refer to chart)
3 other required credits from the Ontario
curriculum that will be delivered in the context of
the sector (including English and Math).
2 cooperative education credits which provides
an authentic learning experience
How do I apply?
Apply in your Grade 10 year by
counsellor in Student Services.
Applications will also be available.
ow Our
do Partners
I apply?
Sector Recognized Certifications and
Students will receive sector recognized certification and
training that will enable them to acquire knowledge and
skills related to safe work habits and training in the
environmental field. Students with these certifications will
have an advantage when entering the workforce. Students
will complete certification and training in at least 7 of the
following areas:
Standard First Aid
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level A
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information
Systems (WHMIS)
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Additional (choose three):
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Habitat restoration
Leave No Trace
Map and compass use
Wilderness first aid
Automated external defibrillation
Life saving (NLS or Bronze Cross)
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
2800 Erin Centre Boulevard
Mississauga, L5M 6R5