Climate Change Innovation Lab Assistant

Corporation of The City of Nelson Published: August 28, 2020
Nelson, British Columbia
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The City of Nelson is currently developing a comprehensive and integrated Climate Change Action Plan focused on reducing emissions (mitigation) and responding to the climate change that is already happening (adaptation). This Action Plan - to launch in Fall 2020 - will act to both consolidate and coordinate existing policies and actions on climate change while also surfacing new actions to fill in gaps and address emerging risks and opportunities.

Recognizing the complex challenges that climate change poses to Nelson, a “social innovation lab” approach was developed in June 2019 to bring local, diverse perspectives together to both inform our Action Plan while also engaging in the intentional development of collaborative community-based climate change solutions.

The second Phase of the Lab is being launched to coincide with the launch of our Action Plan and it will focus on supporting the local community in playing a key role in implementing the plan by developing 'win-win' community-level solutions that both address our climate change priorities while also positively contributing to health, the local economy, and social equity (for example). We are seeking an experienced community engagement professional who understands the complexity of climate change and the numerous co-benefits that can be achieved through collaborative and creative climate action. This 'Lab Assistant' will work with Nelson's Climate Change Coordinator and Lab Facilitators to support Phase two of our Innovation Lab, in a variety of activities related to Lab planning, coordination and evaluation. 

Duties and responsibilities

Primary responsibilities of the Climate Change Innovation Lab Assistant include:

  • Support the Climate Change Coordinator and Lab facilitation team with Lab design and recruitment
  • Develop and launch an outreach and communications strategy for Lab recruitment, that supports attracting and supporting people with diverse experiences and perspectives to join the Lab
  • Develop a climate change 'Primer' to support Lab participants in developing baseline knowledge re: climate change and Nelson's specific climate change challenges and priorities
  • Engage in research activities as needed, to support the Lab team and participants
  • Assist with Lab facilitation and record Lab proceedings and insights
  • Work with Climate Change Coordinator to develop and implement communication tactics re: Lab proceedings and impact to the broader community
  • Work with Climate Change Coordinator to continually connect Lab activities and outcomes to overall Climate Change Action Plan implementation and vise versa
  • Manage Lab logistics - for both online and in-person sessions (if possible)
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and skills

The Climate Change Innovation Lab Assistant should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • An advanced understanding of climate change and the complex social and economic interactions involved in related challenges and solutions
  • Climate change and/or sustainability focused community engagement experience
  • Human centered design and prototyping knowledge
  • Innovation Lab knowledge and/or experience
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Environmental communication and social media skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship development skills
  • Experience working in institutional and/or non-profit environments
  • Program design and evaluation experience an asset
  • Policy development and implementation experience an asset

Education required

Post-secondary degree or higher in Sustainability, Environmental Studies or related field, with a focus on climate change, and community engagement and mobilization.

Certification required


Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • 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)

1Refugee 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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