Municipal Policy Engagement Intern

Watersheds Canada Published: August 20, 2020
Perth with Remote work opportunites, Ontario
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Salary range
$18-24 per hour depending on experience
Hours per week
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Municipalities need to have the tools they need including recommended policies, supporting legislation, and science to make good land use planning decisions. These decisions need to recognize the importance of lake health as well as local economies.

The internship position will work under the direction of a project steering committee to create an on-line resource for rural municipalities to assist them in protecting the health of their lakes through land use planning informed by science. This project directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.  Local governments need to establish consistent regulations that recognize local, provincial and national guidelines and best practices. Local decision-making is critical to the future health of our lakes, and many lakes are experiencing major planning issues with little regard for environmental health in planning application decisions.


Phase 1:  Identify (1) the specific challenges, gaps and barriers faced by rural municipalities, and (2) the needs of rural municipalities, in planning land use and making land use planning decisions for rural waterfront properties.

Phase 2:  Compile existing policies, zoning standards and resource materials that achieve sustainable shoreline development, and that relate the policies and standards to the underlying science.

Phase 3:  Create an on-line resource with examples of policies, by-laws, resource materials and discussion forum.

Duties and responsibilities

The intern will work with a steering committee to carryout the following:

  • Develop questions to be provided to rural municipalities (councillors, planning staff) to determine needs assessment and send questionnaires to selected municipalities.
  • Develop questions to be provided to lake associations and send questionnaires to selected associations.
  • Compile existing progressive and defensible land use planning policies that achieve sustainable development around lakes, with a discussion of their supporting science, guided by the feedback from municipalities and lake associations.
  • Develop an on-line resource, accessible to rural municipalities, of policies, by-laws, supporting science and other resource materials.  Incorporate an on-line discussion forum for users.  Roll out to municipalities.

Knowledge and skills

The applicant must have an understanding of the municipal government process and with a sound knowledge of the structures, functions and interactions of all three levels of government in Canada.

  • Experience interpreting legislation, policies, and procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for the purposes of building and maintaining positive working relationships
  • Strong written communication skills for the purposes of drafting a wide variety of documents and correspondence such as letters, memos, e-mails, and reports
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills for the purposes of identifying priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Superior verbal communication skills with the capacity to listen actively and relay information clearly and concisely
  • The ability to research, analyze, and synthesize complex information
  • The ability to be proactive, take initiative, and perform tasks independently while working under minimal supervision
  • Experience preparing, presenting, and facilitating meetings, workshops, presentations

Education required


  •  A diploma or degree in municipal administration, political  science, environmental science or a related discipline.

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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