Employment Opportunity:Climate Change Education Coordinator

Position: Climate Change Education Coordinator
Type: full-time, 18-week position (PSYEIP eligibility, below)
Employer: Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter
in cooperation with Wildland tours http://www.wildlands.com/
Work Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Sierra Club Canada — Atlantic Canada Chapter is a non-profit
environmental organization based out of Halifax, NS. Sierra Club Canada is a
member-based organization that empowers people to protect, restore, and
enjoy a healthy and safe planet.

Our focus is on five overriding threats: loss of animal and plant species;
deterioration of the planet’s oceans and atmosphere; the ever-growing
presence of toxic chemicals in all living things; destruction of our
remaining wilderness; and spiralling population growth and over consumption.

Since 2003, the Atlantic Canada Chapter has been delivering environmental
education programs to elementary and high school students throughout the
Atlantic Provinces. The programs are all hands-on, interactive and

Our high school education program continues to focus on sustainability and
the Ecological Footprint (TM) concept. Through a joint high
school-elementary school mentorship program called SierraBuddies, older
students assume leadership roles and deliver sustainability education to
younger children. We are seeking out an Educator to facilitate and lead this
program across Newfoundland and Labrador.

The incumbent will also be required to work on the deliverables of the
Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC), reviewing and
developing sustainable energy/climate change policy for Newfoundland and
Labrador, and establishing a stakeholder committee to help with this work.

Our partner, Wildland tours is an eco-tourism company based in St. John’s,
Newfoundland because they care they support local environmental charities
and sustainable tourism activities. Since 1989, Wildland tours has donated
an annual $500 scholarship to the province’s oldest conservation
organization (The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) with
linking activism with academia as the scholarship’s main criteria. Wildland
Tours is the longest continual supporter of the Protected Areas Association
(local World Wildlife Fund affiliate). They are active supporters of
numerous other environmental and sustainable tourism organizations including
the International Ecotourism Society.


– University degree or relevant experience in a field such as Biology,
Education, Recreation, Environmental Studies/Science, Public Policy
– Strong knowledge of climate change and energy policy
– Experience in environmental education working directly with children and
– Familiarity with project budgeting and reporting
– Strong organizational, management, and supervision skills
– Strong fundraising experience
– Strong communication skills
– Highly independent worker
– Experience with non-profit organizations
– Valid driver’s license
– Familiarity with energy policy in Newfoundland and Labrador would be an
– Access to car will be considered an asset
– Bilingualism is not mandatory but will be considered an asset

Those applying will have to meet the requirements of the YMCA Eco-Internship
program, which are:

* between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the time of placement;
* not receiving Employment Insurance benefit;
* a graduate of a post-secondary education program;
* be unemployed; or underemployed (working 20 hours or less on a regular
basis); or working in a job that does not match your area of educational
* out of school;
* a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee status
has been conferred;
* legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial
legislation and regulations;
* have a social insurance number;
* willing to complete a Police Records Check.

For more information check that programs website at http://www.psyeip.ca


– Delivery and coordination of the high school mentorship program,
– Work with teachers/school allies to establish SierraBuddies in 6 schools
in the St. John’s area
– Work closely with the education division’s Volunteer Coordinator and
members of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club
– Develop, coordinate, and lead climate change programs in NL in
coordination with Atlantic-wide partners
– Perform technical analysis, review, and comment on provincial and regional
climate change and energy related policy
– Coordinate climate change communications amongst stakeholders and the
– Work with volunteers and consultants to develop a SierraBuddies website
– Manage finances and budgeting
– Write project reports and connect with current/potential funders
– Manage volunteers and interns as required

We have a high-energy and collaborative office environment seeking a
reliable and dynamic individual to join us as the Climate Change Education

Application Information:

Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm Newfoundland Standard Time

Start date: ASAP, Negotiable

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your


$16 hour at 37.5 hours a week for 18 weeks (dependent on confirmation of

Location: St.John’s, NL


Please send a cover letter and resume including contact information for 3
references to the attention of Gretchen Fitzgerald.

Contact Name: Gretchen Fitzgerald
E-mail: gretchenf (at) sierraclub.ca

1657 Barrington St.
Roy Building Suite 533
Halifax NS B3J 2A1

By Fax: (902) 444 3116

For questions, please contact Gretchen Fitzgerald:
gretchenf (at) sierraclub.ca or 902 444 3113.

Sierra Club Atlantic is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages
applications from all qualified individuals.

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