There are many opportunities that you may not be aware of.
Dr. Nora Casson is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. Her research focuses on how water and nutrients cycle through landscapes, how these processes are affected by human activities and what the impacts of these processes are on water quality. Dr. Casson completed a PhD at Trent University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Students graduating in this field have a wide range of professions open to them, including jobs in the environmental sector (environmental consulting, forestry, etc), jobs at government agencies (Environment Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources Canada, etc) and jobs at academic institutions. Canada has an abundance of natural resources, and so there is high demand for people who are trained to monitor and assess environmental processes.
My field tends to have slightly more men than women, although among younger researchers, the gender balance is more even. I try to seek out colleagues who are supportive of each other and their students, regardless of gender.
I try to encourage supportive and open environment, where people from all backgrounds feel comfortable contributing and sharing their experiences and opinions. I feel very strongly that having a diverse mix of voices results in better and more interesting outcomes, which is particularly important when trying to address complicated environmental issues.
Seek out people, especially women, who have the type of position or career that you are interested in and ask them how they got to where they are. People often take unexpected paths to careers in science or engineering, and are generally friendly and happy to talk to you. There are many opportunities that you may not be aware of, and finding mentors can help you take advantage of them.
I am fortunate to have many strong women as role models, including my graduate and postdoctoral supervisors. They have demonstrated to me that there are many ways to be successful as a woman in science, while balancing life and other interests outside of work.