Local Decarbonization Research Associate

University of Waterloo Published: October 13, 2020
Waterloo, Ontario
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$15,000 (including employer fees and employee benefits)
Hours per week
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Work as a research associate for Dr. Clarke’s “Implementing Sustainable Community Plans” project. Specifically, you will help with academic and non-academic research dissemination to local sustainability and climate action practitioners who are key in achieving GHG reductions in communities and cities.

The goal of this role is to support the sharing of research findings with communities across Canada, sustainability practitioners, and climate researchers. This will be done through our website, our social media outlets, academic publications, and our partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

Duties and responsibilities

  • Implementing Sustainable Community Plans Project
    • Get oriented to past research and articles from the project related to community climate action
    • Web content development & Social Media content development in English and French
    • Create infographics as needed in English and French
    • Submit two academic articles to peer-reviewed journals on deep decarbonization at the local level
  • Presentations
    • Support preparing PowerPoint slides as needed
    • Organize webinar(s) as needed
  • Other related activities and tasks as requested or as suggested (and approved)

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to build relationships at all levels and with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work in both English and French
  • Skills in marketing and change management considered an asset
  • Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite software, Social Media platforms, and internet applications
  • Experience creating infographics considered an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving, and project management skills are essential
  • Knowledge on climate change and community sustainability considered an asset

Education required

Graduate degree in sustainability, sustainable development, environment, business or any other related degree

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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