Summer Work Experience for Geoscience Students

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Enhance your skills and prepare for your future by working as a summer field assistant with the Ontario Geological Survey!

We provide fun and exciting career-related jobs that include:

  • Technical, hands-on, training.
  • A learning environment that welcomes fresh ideas and innovative viewpoints.
  • Working and learning with internationally recognized geoscientists.
  • Unique outdoor experiences with a physical component.
  • Experiences that provide an excellent foundation for thesis or post-graduate research.
  • Commitment to a high standard of excellence.

Employment Opportunities

  • Bedrock geological mapping.
  • Environmental and surficial investigations.
  • Helicopter-supported lake sediment and geochemical sampling.
  • Aggregate and industrial mineral assessments.
  • Groundwater quality and aquifer mapping.


  • Continuing, full-time student in the geosciences or related studies at a college or University (1st year to 4th year; prospective or full-time graduate student).
  • Team oriented with good communication skills.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors for extended periods.
  • Some knowledge of and/or experience with applicable computer software and hardware.
  • Basic St. John's Ambulance (with CPR) first aid training certificate (or equivalent) in good standing (OGS will reimburse you for the cost of the training).

What positions can I apply for?

Senior Assistant

You’re a graduate 4th year or graduate student in an earth science program in university or college and have at least two summers of field experience. Your duties include:

  • Co-lead the field crew and share responsibility with the Project Leader.
  • Geologic mapping, data and sample collection, leadership of the crew, data entry, develop daily work plans, crew and/or camp management, work closely with project geologist, navigation.
  • Independently collect geological information in the field.

Junior Assistant

You’re an undergraduate student in an earth science program in university or college with or without field experience. Your duties would include:

  • Assisting with data collection, navigating in the field, sampling and sample preparation; operating vehicles (trucks, ATVs) and/or water craft; data entry.
  • Cooking and camp maintenance.

Before You Apply

How long will the job last?

The average field season is 12 to 14 weeks beginning in mid-May until the end of August. About a week in May is devoted to health and safety training that includes ATV and bush road driver’s training, aircraft safety, wilderness first aid training for remote field crews, etc.

Where will I be living?

Living and working conditions vary widely depending on the location of the project and the work involved. You might live in cottages, motels or tents for all or part of the field season. A few crews operate in remote areas and use boats, canoes, helicopters and float planes to get around.

OGS Field Work

What work will I be doing?

Depending on the nature of the project, work would include: collecting and preparing rock, sediment or water samples in the field; working with digital data, maps and databases; taking field notes, and learning the fundamentals of geologic field operations.

How many people will be in my field crew?

Field crews typically consist of 1 or 2 professional geoscientists or “Project Leaders” and from 1 to 6 students. The number of students on a field crew varies depending on the type and requirements of individual projects.

Can I do research for a thesis in conjunction with an OGS project?

Yes. If you want to discuss the possibility of doing thesis research in conjunction with a specific OGS project then please indicate this on your application.

What’s the deadline for applications?

The deadline was March 31, 2021. Applications for summer 2021 field assistant with the Ontario Geological Survey are now closed.

How do I apply?

If you’re a student interested in a summer field position with the OGS, please:

  1. DOWNLOAD the Application Form in PDF file format to your computer;
  2. Fill it in;
  3. Save it to your computer;
  4. Attach it to your email with a cover letter and resume or surface mail to:

OGS Field Crew Recruiter
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Willet Green Miller Centre
933 Ramsey Lake Road, 7th Floor
Sudbury, ON   P3E 6B5
Telephone: (705) 670-5758
Fax: (705) 670-5905