Biology Co-op

Most biology students join the Co-op Education Program in the spring after the first year. This provides students the best opportunities to complete their degree with co-op in four years versus five years. If a third-year biology student is interested in completing their degree with co-op, it will take five years to complete their degree with co-op. Most Co-op Education Programs in Canada will take 4.5 to 5 years to complete.

If a student would like to complete their degree with co-op in four years, please connect with the StFX Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible. The Co-op Coordinator and Academic Advising can assist with developing this plan. Course offerings can impact this plan.

Work Term Sequencing Options

Over the last couple of years, the following co-op work term sequencing options have been popular with StFX  Biology Co-op Students.


Rates of Pay


Salary Range (Weekly)

min 35hrs/wk, before deductions**

How much you can make in 4 months

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 15 weeks, before deductions** 

How much you can make completing 12 months of co-op experience

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 45 weeks (15 wks/ 4 month semester),  before deductions**  

Biology $525-$700 $7875-$10,500 $23,625-$31,500

**Allowable deductions include those required by federal or provincial law, such as taxes and employment insurance premiums. 

Potential Areas 

  • Marine Biology
  • Fisheries and Forestry
  • Resource Management
  • Pest Management
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife Assessment and Tracking
  • Botany
  • Genetics and Microbiology
  • Medical Research


Potential Job Titles

  • Agricultural Research Assistant
  • Analytical Research
  • Bioinformatics Assistant
  • Biological Weed and Pest Control Assistant
  • Cell Biology Technologist
  • Conservation Intern 
  • Data Analyst
  • Enviro. Technologist      
  • Environment Regulatory and Sustainability Co-op
  • Environmental Initiatives Educator
  • Field and Lab Technician 
  • Field Assistant 
  • Field Operations Analyst  
  • Field Research Assistant      
  • Fisheries Observer
  • Genetic  Counseling Assistant
  • Horticultural Technician 
  • Hospital Laboratory Technician
  • Jr. Environmental Assistant  
  • Jr. Marine Biologist
  • Junior Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Lab Technician 
  • Mining Analyst
  • Molecular Biology Co-op
  • Monitoring Intern
  • Natural History Curatorial Assistant
  • Plant Pathology Research Assistant 
  • Policy Analyst
  • Programs Educator
  • Project Coordinator 
  • Quality Assurance Lab Technician
  • R & D Technician 
  • Research Assistant 
  • Research Technician
  • Resource Conservation
  • Seismic Data Specialist      
  • Technical Writer 
  • Validation Scientist I-Co-op
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Wildlife Assessment
  • Wildlife Biologist Assistant
  • Wildlife/fisheries Technician

Employers who Advertised and/or Hired StFX Biology Co-op Students

  • Environment Canada                           
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories                       
  • Sick Kids Toronto
  • Imperial Oil                                           
  • Fisheries & Oceans Canada               
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Johnson & Johnson                             
  • National Research Council                 
  • Bloorview Research Institute
  • Centre for Drug R&D                           
  • Nature Conservatory of Canada                 
  • Suncor Energy            
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada    
  • AGAT Laboratories   
  • Can. Parks & Wilderness Society
  • Clean Annapolis River Project                        
  • Clean Nova Scotia                               
  • Ocean Tracking  Network  
  • Co-op Atlantic-Moncton       
  • Immunovaccine Inc
  • Ocean Sonics                  
  • Species at Risk Nova Scotia
  • NS Dept of Natural Resources                        
  • Contaminated Sites Unit of Nova Scotia Environment
  • Fishermen’s & Scientists Research Society
  • Highland Grow
  • Federal Government Departments
  • Provincial Government Departments
  • Municipal Governments