The Environment is an emerging sector in our world as we continue to expect a clean and safe environment to live in that is essential for our health and quality of life. As such, the government and other organizations have launched various programs to protect our air, water and land resources. The environment sector offers career opportunities in conservation, research, recreation, innovation and more to students who are interested in this field.

The Environment SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Environment sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing all apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

This major is offered at :

St. Benedict

Required Components :


  • Seven certifications/training/workshops related to the industry
    • 4 Compulsory, 3 Elective
    • Examples include: Animal and Plant Management, GPS & Mapping training, Species Identification, Search & Rescue, Rock Climbing & Knots techniques, Customer Service, Wilderness First Aid, Hike Ontario Leadership Skills, Standard First Aid & CPR-C, WHMIS and more!
    • View all Certification & Training topics for Environment SHSM Here


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12  which students earn:
    • Four Energy major credits
    • Two English credits
    • One Math credit
    • Two Co-operative Education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
      Course Information: St. Benedict CSS


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of  Environment Co-op Placements:
      Engineering Firms, Conservation Authorities, City Planning, Greenhouses & Nurseries, Energy Auditing, Non-Profits and more!
  • Arborist
  • Architectural Glass and Medal Technician
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Aquaculture Operator and Manager
  • Biological Technologist & Technician
  • Conservation Officer or Fishery Officer
  • Field Technician – Air Pollution
  • Forest Ecologist
  • Geological & Mineral Technologist
  • Habitat Management Technician
  • Hatchery or Fisheries Technician
  • Mapping and Related Technologist/Technician
  • Soil Testing Technologist
  • Air Quality Meteorologist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Climatologist
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geological Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Urban and Land Use Planners
  • Toxicologist
  • Canoeing, Hunting or Fishing Guide
  • Forestry Workers
  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Workers
  • Outdoor Sport and Recreation Guide
  • Outfitter
  • Recreation Program Leader
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.