The impact of urbanization and increasing demand for food, water and land presents society with the task of bridging the gap between the biological world and traditional engineering and property development. At Verge Permaculture (Verge), we are whole-heartedly focussed on addressing these issues in an ethical, principled, and science-based manner, and we are seeking an Environmental Technology Intern to support us in doing so.
The intern will support the Verge Team (two Professional Engineers) through a multi-disciplinary role by which the successful candidate will assist in technical support, project management, research, modelling/mapping, field data collection, reporting, outreach functions within the business, and more.
The types of projects that the team is currently working on varied, but all relate to the design and construction of sustainable homes, acreages and farms. There are aspects of building science, passive-solar design, subteranean heat storage, appropriate technology (solar, wind, combined heat & power), as well as rainwater harvesting, agro-ecology, ecosystem engineering, soil regeneration and onsite wastewater treatment.
Duties and responsibilities
The Environmental Technology intern will carry out the following activities to support Verge:
- Assist with technical reviews for various projects.
- Assist with spreadsheet modelling, calculations and mapping of various phenomena.
- Perform field survey, data collection, data processing, and support field monitoring programs.
- Research specifications, equipment, and ancillary materials.
- Co-ordinate material purchases.
- Grant writing, and project co-ordination.
- Contributing to ongoing project management and best practice implementation.
- Staying current on technical and sector-based trends and legislation at the municipal, provincial, and national level.
- Course curriculum development and support
Knowledge and skills
The successful candidate will have an broad range of skills, from communication, to proven scientific literacy through research or previous work. The successful candidate must have a diploma or degree in environmental sciences, environmental education or a related field.
Preference will be given to candidates with skills/experience in permaculture design, systems thinking, strong communication, scientific research, grant/report writing, and project management.
- High degree of self-motivation and passion
- Ability to self-start, see work, and anticipate forthcoming tasks
- Ability to clearly articulate needs in a mature manner
- High level of honesty, openness, and empathy
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Must be under the age of 30
- Excellent oral and written English language skills
- Ability to work as a team player and team leader
- Have infectious enthusiasm
- Capable of completing assigned tasks on time and with minimal supervision
- Must be physically fit and be able to work long days
- Strong administrative skills including: time management, organizational skills, meeting logistics, being prepared for undesirable circumstances
- Valid driver’s license required
- Project management experience including overseeing contractors, ordering of budgets, the ordering of materials, and deliverables.
- Event organization and logistical skills
- Demonstrated interest/passion in permaculture and regenerative businesses
Successful completion of a diploma or degree in environmental sciences, environmental education or a related field.