The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI), at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, is the education and research arm of the UNESCO-designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR). MABRRI also works towards upholding VIU's Research and Academic plan by creating projects and initiatives that have a regional impact. MABRRI’s mission is to advance a program of inquiry that involves regional stakeholders in meaningful explorations of issues of local relevance. By harnessing the knowledge of the MABR community and the interdisciplinary strengths of students and faculty at VIU, MABRRI is a centre for collaborative research, innovation, and knowledge sharing that elevates the relationship between people and nature on Vancouver Island and within the MABR.
The MABR is a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve located on Vancouver Island. Following UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s strategic objectives, the MABR aims to achieve (1) conservation of biodiversity; (2) sustainable development; (3) research and education; and (4) mitigation and adaptation to climate change. These objectives are inherently linked to sustainability and ultimately the SDGs. The MABR’s goals perfectly align with the 2030 Agenda, as we strive to accomplish a human-nature balance that is sustainable for all.
The student intern will be tasked with creating innovative ways of promoting the importance of the SDG’s at a regional level, and showcasing best practices and local examples of individuals, groups, and organizations striving to meet the 2030 Agenda. The student will work closely with MABRRI and MABR staff along with our larger network of regional, provincial and federal partners to ensure that any successful local initiatives developed can be shared amongst our network for further impact opportunities. Ideally with the assistance of all our partners, the student will be able to influence positive actions in our region and abroad as we work towards the 2030 Agenda.
MABRRI is looking for an energetic individual to join our team as our MABR SDG Ambassador. The MABR SDG Ambassador will work to develop initiatives to increase awareness of the SDGs within the Biosphere Region. Initiatives will involve engaging with the MABR community through social media and other virtual community engagement (as COVID-19 restrictions allow). Primary tasks for the internship will include: (1) creating and delivering social media content; (2) facilitating virtual workshops and presentations; (3) engaging with local residents, businesses and organizations; and (4) creating short videos to further increase awareness of the SDGs in the MABR.
Throughout the internship, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skillsets pertaining to the local community, UN SDGs, community engagement, applied research, social media coordination, professional communications, all while building a professional network.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the position has been modified to have the successful candidate work from home for the duration of this internship.
Duties and responsibilities
To achieve the primary tasks listed above the following duties and responsibilities will be required of the intern:
- Work with MABRRI and MABR staff to create a timeline for all tasks pertaining to the MABR SDG Ambassador Internship.
- Develop an engagement plan to deliver initiatives that increase awareness and support of the SDG’s.
- Interact and engage with residents, businesses and organizations within the region to determine what efforts are being undertaken that relate to advancing the 2030 Agenda.
- Interact and engage with residents, businesses and organizations within the region to promote and showcase sustainable development initiatives that are underway.
- Create short videos that showcase the work that the MABR (all those living or working within) are doing to advance the SDGs.
- Host a local symposium/workshop and invite those working towards the SDGs to share their project work.
- Continually promote the SDGs through social media campaigns.
Knowledge and skills
The following will be considered assets, but are not required for the position:
- Knowledge of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Experience with creating visual content
- Video production and editing
- Experience and proficiency with social media platforms and marketing campaigns
- Proficiency using Zoom for virtual meetings and presentations
- Experience with Applied Community Research
- Experience working with local First Nations Governments and Municipalities
Enrolled in, or a recent graduate from post-secondary bachelor degree program.
The chosen candidate will be required to complete all VIU standard employee training needed for their position to carry out their tasks confidently, competently and safely.
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.