Over the past decade, the Town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, has emerged as an international leader in sustainability and energy transition planning and programming. Winner of a GLOBE award in 2018 as well as the national Smart Cities Challenge in 2019, the community’s Energize Bridgewater program has been recognized for its approach to innovation in a municipal setting. Through this program, the town is moving toward a complete transition to a clean, energy efficient economy within 30 years, while simultaneously lifting its residents out of energy poverty, a condition that affects nearly 40% of the population.
Energize Bridgewater creates community development programs at the intersection of poverty reduction and energy management with the goal of making Bridgewater a green and self-supported economy. The Energize Bridgewater plan involves making homes more energy efficient, helping community members own and sell renewable energy; setting up an energy management information system to help home owners and businesses plan energy upgrades; making public and active transportation more accessible; setting up a local energy investment program; and improving connections to community services for community members experiencing energy poverty.
Reporting to the Energize Bridgewater Project Manager, the Energize Bridgewater Project Administrator Intern will assist with project management duties. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, the Project Administrator will oversee and perform administrative functions, contribute actively to community engagement activities, and report on project progress. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that project deliverables and outcomes are achieved on time and that project resources and responsibilities are adequately allocated among the project team and external consultants and partners to achieve these objectives. To foster innovation and support program design, prototyping, and evaluation efforts, the Project Administrator will participate in an agile and lean project management and continuous improvement environment.
Duties and responsibilities
- Monitoring internal and external communications
- Managing budgets
- Coordinating meetings
- Planning, implementing and tracking projects
- Responding positively to feedback and analyze program for course correction at risk mitigation checkpoints & recommend change
- Take the lead in strategizing, planning, producing, and delivering assigned projects and events using the department’s project management framework, as appropriate
- Regular status and KPI reporting to the Project Manager
- Assist with supervision as required of contractor(s) engaged to implement projects
- Work cross-departmentally with internal teams to ensure up-to-date knowledge of policies and Council priorities
- Adhere to the project management methodology
- Participate in team goal setting planning and performance input
- Drive innovation by looking for new ways of working & exploring best practices
Knowledge and skills
- Knowledge of sustainable energy practices, an understanding of climate change and the complex social and economic interactions involved in related challenges and solutions
- Effective communication & active listening skills
- Ability to research and accurately present information
- Organization, coordination, and time management
- Comfort with basic office technology; Microsoft Office 365, Windows 10
- Professional demeanour, integrity, commitment, empathy, enthusiasm
- Experience working within a municipal environment and/or familiarity with municipal governance considered an asset
- Sustainability focused community engagement experience
- Strong interpersonal and relationship development skills
- Program and/or policy design, evaluation, and implementation experience an asset
- Bachelor’s Degree , Diploma or Certificate in Community and/or Urban Planning, Environmental Science, Sustainability/Climate Change or a related field
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.