WINTER EMPLOYMENT 2023: Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

  • Deadline: October 7, 2022

Job Title: Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Salary: Depending on experience

At Net Zero Atlantic (NZA), we help Atlantic Canada move toward a more sustainable
energy future by producing credible and objective data to inform sound energy policies and
decisions. Our focus is on coordinating research and projects to help decarbonize our
region’s economy, mitigating climate change impacts and moving Atlantic Canada toward
net-zero emissions by 2050. Our clients include government and industry representatives
who need complete and reliable information to guide thinking and action.
NZA is changing the way energy research is delivered. We’re in the business of facilitating
collaborative, made-to-order research projects that resolve key energy-related questions.
The Verschuren Centre (VC) is an independent clean technology development and
deployment facility. We offer client-tailored services to support companies in developing
sustainable solutions that meet industry needs.

By working with our highly qualified team and cutting-edge shared-use facility, Small to
Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) can advance their IP to commercial scale while connecting
with our network of partners locally, nationally, and globally. The VC inspires a collaborative
shared goal of accelerating the transition to a green and circular economy, matching
technology to application and ultimately meeting net-zero targets in an efficient manner.
NZA and the VC are partnering in Community Engagement and Outreach for renewable
energy in Cape Breton and are seeking a part-time Coordinator for a term position of 2

Our Opportunity:
In this role, you will have an impact on Nova Scotia’s transition to a low-carbon future by
facilitating and coordinating a robust community engagement strategy for community solar
and geothermal capacity building projects, with a particular focus on building relationships
and facilitating outreach and knowledge dissemination in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The
Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the NZA and VC
teams to assist in the overall coordination of workshops, meetings, and projects within the

Understanding the regulatory, financial and social environment around clean energy
deployment in Nova Scotia.

  • Cultivating relationships across diverse communities to provide new opportunities and
    education within the region.
  • Organizing and aiding in the facilitation of regular community meetings and workshops
    to foster relationship building, collaboration and promote energy related education.
    Providing ongoing input, information, and materials (as requested) that support internal
    and external communications efforts about community solar and geothermal energy
  • Providing ongoing support and guidance for community partners engaged in
    programming and opportunities.
  • Assisting with clean energy deployment projects concept development and planning.
  • Interest and background in social or natural sciences, economic development, renewable energy or related discipline.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends to accommodate community schedules.
  • Ability to travel and possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Event planning experience (i.e. setting up workshops, community meetings, etc.).
  • Experience working for a non-profit organization and First Nations community.
  • Desire to educate the community about energy related topics.
  • Understanding of geothermal and/or solar PV energy technology.

In this position, you will be responsible for:

Your skills and qualifications include:

Assets (but not required):

All interested and qualified candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume
merged into one PDF document to Dean Chalmers, Energy Systems Program Manager, by Friday October 7th, 2022. We thank all applicants,
however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

NZA and the VC are committed to the principles of Employment Equity. We encourage
applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying at
LGBTQ2SI, and people with disabilities.