Biochar Clean Tech Innovator

Nyoka Design Labs Published: September 3, 2020
Location
Courtenay, British Columbia
Internship Type
Salary range
36000 - 40000 / year
Hours per week
35
Start Date
2020/10/01
End Date
2021/03/31

Description

Join our team of change makers!

 

At Nyoka Design Labs, we believe we can change the world by transforming the way we traditionally do business. Our team runs a multifaceted clean-tech startup focusing on biotech solutions to environmental challenges, deeply rooted in supporting the microbiome in all possible ways. Beyond the technology, the culture around Nyoka Design Labs has grown to include ideation & co-creation rooted in community empowerment, all to model what a truly circular, sustainable, transition economy could look like. 

Our mission is to heal the planet first and foremost, enabled via commerce. Simply said, we are driven by making a meaningful impact through sustainable business practices (and we have fun while doing so!). At Nyoka, we strive to embody the culture of care and justice we’re fighting for in the world through policies like our solidarity support for movement allies and agile collaborative practices.  If you have a passion for how innovation, inclusion of diverse groups in tech & sustainable businesses can advance climate, racial and economic justice, this is the job for you.

 

What is the role? 

 

This role would focus on working with our CEO, Paige Whitehead, to develop novel uses of our biochar products as a way to mitigate climate action through carbon sequestration. This will tie in to consultation with the team to understand different product uses, our business plan and strategy to prepare Nyoka Design Lab’s market expansion. 

 

More specifically, you would be focusing on the developing of our products relating to biochar - we are currently working to develop a novel use for biochar, and are looking for an independent, creative, and entrepreneurial-minded person to support us in creative and scientifically-sound ways this can be further implemented to sequester carbon and reduce our carbon footprint. 

The candidate will be mentored and guided every step along the way by our advisor and management team, will receive appropriate training and access to mentors as well as participate in this year's cohort of the Lab2Launch UBC Accelerator program. Based on COVID-19 restrictions, you will have access to office and lab spaces to support your work

 

Employment Equity

We believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers.  People with disabilities, women, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized groups and members of other historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

If you would like to be considered for employment equity please indicate this on your covering letter by including the statement “I would like to be considered for employment equity.” No further elaboration is necessary, but you are free to add more information if you would like. Where candidates don’t differ significantly in terms of other desired qualifications, priority will be given to those being considered for employment equity.

We thank you for your interest in working with Nyoka, and appreciate the effort required to apply for this position. All candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis until position is filled, whether they are selected for an interview or not.

We, the people of Nyoka Design Labs, respectfully acknowledge that we are living and working on the unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nation.

Duties and responsibilities

    • You will be mentored by our CEO and co-lead the execution of strategies developed with the management team. These will focus on identifying grant and funding strategies as well as developing partnerships with key shareholders to support with the development of the novel biochar product.
    • You’ll research, understand & communicate the social and environmental attributes of our products and our unique company strengths and position.
    • The candidate will coordinate our research and work in collaboration with UBC Materials & Manufacturing Institute to further develop research around biochar
    • You would be a key person responsible for co-developing our NRC-IRAP strategy and you would be working closely with our NRC-IRAP advisor
    • You would be coordinating additional funding opportunities and working with the team to advance our series of products that can mitigate the effects of climate change through carbon sequestration.

 

  • Support with the development of a carbon neutrality (or positive) strategy for Nyoka Design Labs
  • Develop a pathway/brainstorm ideas to expand Nyoka’s clean-tech product offerings in collaboration with the team. For example, in relation to products that serve as part of our waste reduction initiatives & restoration of microbial ecosystems.

 

 

This position will deliver results directly linked with 1) UN SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production and SDG 13 - take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. For more information regarding our measures of impact and how innovation linked with education & collaborative teams can have a positive impact in our Earth, please review our website.

 

This is a position with an entrepreneurial focus - as such we are looking for a creative, skilled person with a keen interest in sustainable business and leveraging technologies to optimize business systems.

Knowledge and skills

  • You have experience setting up automated workflows 
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience designing and implementing solutions that ensure security, integrity, scalability and consistency of critical user data
  • Problem-solving, debugging, and testing skills
  • Knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management
  • Familiarity with business and financial principles
  • Leadership ability
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Degree in Business, Operations Management, Sustainable design or related lived experiences
  • knowledge in sustainability, social enterprises, and non-profits
  • Passion for working with communities, emerging startups, social innovation, visual design,
    and marketing
  • Encompasses strong interpersonal and communication skills; known for working
    collaboratively with team members, taking initiative, and exceptional adaptability skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Canva, Mailchimp and
  • Open to learning and developing new skills in an entrepreneurial environment

Bonus if you:

 

  1. You have some background in social responsibility or an understanding of impact measurements for an organization
  2. Bring an entrepreneurial focus and have been part of leading projects in team environmentsYou will love this job if you:
    You feel that staying organized comes naturally to you, you are strong in self-managing your time and keeping a keen eye to deadlines 

    • You take ownership over tasks and communicate about progress and any roadblocks 
    • You bring an attitude of “how can I help”, “How can we work together” and fun to your work 
    • You like to be challenged, enjoy personal development and growth 
    • You are interested in social responsibility and environmental sustainability
    • You are comfortable working in Word, Excel and Outlook. Photoshop, Canva and Illustrator experience is an asset
    • You are comfortable in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment with dynamic deadlines that often require creative solutions to solve new problems
    • You are comfortable working remotely and learning how to use online productivity tools like Slack, Google Tools and Trello 
    • You have a keen interest in research, product development, circular economy & the green economy
    • knowledge of our work areas in climate, racial and economic justice is a +
    • You have at least 1 year of related experience (volunteer, Co-ops, projects, startup work experience, lived experiences) that prepared you for tasks related to product & project development, 

Education required

Bachelor's degree in environmental sustainability, restorative designs, product engineering, biomimicry or similar STEM fields

Eligibility criteria

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:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age 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)

*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.

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