WINTER 2022 CO-OP: Northern and Indigenous Outreach Student

  • Location: Gatineau, Quebec
  • Deadline: October 15, 2021 at 3:00 am

Program: Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program

Organization: Partnerships Team of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (Climate Change Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Position: Northern and Indigenous Outreach Student

Period: 3 months, January to the end March 2022 (winter 2022)

Location: Fontaine Building, 200 Sacre-Coeur Blvd, Gatineau, Quebec / Virtual work arrangements may be considered or be required.

Salary: Salary is based on the federal government’s published Student Rates of Pay, which is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of work terms completed and level of education. See Section 3 of the Student rates of pay – Effective May 1, 2019 web page for more information.

Job description: The Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) is an exciting organization within Environment and Climate Change Canada that has been established by the federal government to support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (2016), and Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (2020). The CCCS aims to provide user-driven climate services based on authoritative climate data, with the ultimate goal of allowing Canadians to make climate-smart adaptation decisions leading to a more resilient Canada. This student position will assist the team with activities that help to increase understanding of the unique climate information needs of Northern and Indigenous users, and effective ways of tailoring information resources to Northern and Indigenous audiences.

Job Details:

· The student’s place of work will be at our office in the National Capital Region (Gatineau), however virtual work arrangements may be considered or be required.

· This will be a full time position (37.5 hours a week)

· The position is open to graduate and undergraduates students

· The position will be 3-months, starting January 2022, with the possibility of an extension by 4 months.

Key Activities: The selected student will have the opportunity to be a member of the multi-disciplinary Partnerships Team, to support the CCCS in building positive and respectful relationships with northern and Indigenous organizations and governments. Relationships are the foundation for building a better understanding of user needs for climate services (e.g. training development on using climate data and information, disseminating climate science, climate information in decision-making) and effective ways to respond to those needs.

Key tasks could include:

(1) Assisting with the identification of target audiences, and preparing background information to support introductory meetings.

(2) Assisting with the development of distinct outreach and awareness raising materials (i.e. the value of climate services for climate action, including adaptation) that are tailored for First Nation, Métis and Inuit audiences.

(3) Assisting with planning and delivery of virtual workshops and meetings with northern and Indigenous audiences.

(4) Assisting with analysis of key issues and opportunities for the CCCS to work collaboratively on climate services, with northern and Indigenous organizations, governments and / or ally organizations.

(5) Participating in team discussions and activities, to learn more about climate change, climate services and climate adaptation in Canada.

Benefits to joining the CCCS: Your career goals and learning objectives are important to us. Working in the Canadian Centre for Climate Services provides opportunities to:

· Learn how the federal government works and build your professional network;

· Gain experience in the development of communication and outreach materials related to climate data and information to help northern and Indigenous communities to adapt to climate change;

· Enhance your learning experience by interacting with supportive and experienced colleagues in a diverse, fast-paced and fun environment.

Language Proficiency: English Essential

Education Requirements: Enrolment in a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in science, arts, environmental science, environmental studies, climate change, social science, Indigenous studies, Native studies, political science or a related discipline.

Essential Qualifications:

· Knowledge of climate change issues and impacts in Canada, particularly in the north.

· Knowledge of the distinctions between First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada.

· Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

· Teamwork

· Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

· Experience working with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The following additional qualifications would be an asset:

· Experience communicating technical information to a range of audiences.

· Experience using graphic design software.

Security Requirements: The successful candidates must obtain reliability security status prior to being hired; we will help students apply for this clearance once selected.

Application Details


· Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

· Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the use of English.

Employment Equity:

Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse and skilled workforce, we encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying.

To Apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter to Kelly Murphy at by 3pm AT October 15, 2021