Gitxsan Energy Inc. (GEI) is a subsidiary of the Gitxsan Development Corporation. GEI creates energy plans that sets out a strategy for renewable energy development in the territory. GEI mission is to reduce fossil fuel heating in Northern rural communities. GEI is a distributor of Froling boilers and works with communities to develop a bioheat program for their needs – from District Heating Systems to individual residential or commercial installations.
Prior to 2019, GEI primary focus was bioheat installations with partners in Evergreen Bioheat Ltd. In the winter of 2019/20, GEI was thrust into the business of wood pellet delivery for residential and commercial use due to a severe bagged wood pellet shortage across the entire Kitimat-Stikine region. In order to meet the desperate need of the region, GEI stepped up and started a bulk pellet delivery program utilizing their pellet delivery truck that prior to was only for large multiple tonne deliveries. In a 4-month period, GEI completed 72 bulk pellet deliveries/pickups, gained 27 new clients, and purchased 80 re-usable pellet drums for our container exchange program. Given this was a quickly planned and rolled out, the first year of this program was very successful.
With the success of the residential pellet delivery program, there is a need for a skilled trades person to build pellet storage bins/bunkers for residences and organizations to store their bulk pellet delivers. This intern would also learn about bioheat boiler installations and maintenance. This position also requires the intern to communicate effectively with customers about the plans for their pellet storage location, timeline, etc. as well the delivery protocol.
Duties and responsibilities
- Liaison with community members, prospective customers and businesses; promoting the benefits, features and positive environmental impact of bioheat technology
- Build pellet storage bins within timeline and budget
- Ensuring security and safety of equipment on the site;
- Keyholder – ensuring security of vehicle, property and equipment.
- Responding to calls for pricing and other information
- Various computer-related tasks – reporting on progress, issues, updating information pertaining to pellet sales and delivery, working with administrative staff on various projects as directed
- Assisting with planning and coordination of future projects and expansion of business
- Use of company vehicles and equipment as directed
- Maintaining wood pellet boilers
- All work must reflect careful attention to accuracy and care in ensuring a professional quality result
- Driving company vehicle throughout the region to visit customers and make deliveries.
- Reporting daily arrival and departure from the worksite for safety purposes
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge and skills
- Knowledge of the Gitxsan region, history and culture is highly beneficial
- Professional image
- Strong communication
- People skills
- Knowledge of power tools, mechanical equipment and machinery
- Minimum of Grade 12 Diploma
- Training or courses in business, sales or environmental sciences highly beneficial
- 2 years of experience in a business-related role involving customer relations
- Proficient in use of computer software
- Valid Class 5 Drivers Licence
- Class 3 or Class 1 Drivers Licence preferred
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.