Sustainability Engagement Assistant

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Bow Valley College Published: May 22, 2019
Calgary, Alberta
Salary range
$42 000 - $44 000
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Bow Valley College is the largest Comprehensive Community College in Alberta, offering over 40 career diplomas and certificates, academic upgrading and English language classes.

Bow Valley College is seeking an enthusiastic Sustainability Engagement Assistant to support effective delivery and development of the sustainability portfolio at the college. The Sustainability Engagement Assistant will continue to build momentum for sustainability initiatives by engaging learners, staff, faculty, visitors, and community partners. The Assistant will work closely with various groups, contractors and departments across campus, under supervision of the Sustainability Coordinator.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Engages with partners on campus (such as the Intercultural Centre, Iniikokaan Indigenous Centre, and the Students’ Association) and off campus to collaborate on initiatives and events related to sustainability (10%)
  • Hosts booths and events to create a culture of learning around sustainability and empower the college community to adopt sustainable behavior. Facilitates the adoption of other pro-environmental behaviour such as public transit use, cycling, responsible purchasing, low-meat diets, etc. (15%)
  • Conducts waste diversion education in classrooms, at staff meetings and at orientation events, including but not limited to New Student Orientation, Student Services Exposition, School of Foundational Learning Welcome Back Bash, and Coffee Kick-off. (15%)
  • Writes engaging and accessible content for various outlets including social media, internal newsletters and interactive Green Screen displays. (10%)
  • Assists with the Plastic-bag Free Campus campaign. The Engagement Assistant will attend meetings with Bow Valley College contractors (ex: Sodexo, Follett) with the Sustainability Coordinator and conduct research on replacement materials for plastic bags. (5%)
  • Takes the lead on researching and applying for Fair Trade Campus designation (5%)
  • Assists with volunteer coordination. The Engagement Assistant will train and supervise volunteers in waste education at events like the 2019 Stampede breakfast. The Sustainability Coordinator will be responsible for volunteer recruitment and recording volunteer hours on students’ co-curricular record. (5%)
  • Assists with engaging regional campuses on waste diversion and other sustainability initiatives (5%). The Engagement Assistant will conduct research on the various waste bylaws and programs for the seven regional campuses and work with contacts at each of the sites to understand their needs. The Sustainability Coordinator will make these introductions and provide direction on which campuses to prioritize. (5%)
  • Assists with college-wide engagement and communication for the implementation of Sustainable Procurement Procedures. The Sustainability Coordinator will continue to embed sustainability into the competitive bids process (in alignment with the new Procedures). The Engagement Assistant will develop communication and resources for the college community on responsible purchasing, and provide ongoing support (through meetings, emails, and research) to departments on their unique purchasing challenges. (25%)
  • Other duties as assigned. (5%)

Knowledge and skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge about environmental issues and sustainability
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Curiosity and a willingness to approach issues in a creative way
  • Experience creating and sustaining organizational and community relationships
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to effectively plan and coordinate multi-task requirements and meet self and imposed objectives
  • Experience working with diverse audiences (such as newcomers to Canada, Indigenous communities, or English Language Learners) an asset.

Education required

Undergraduate University degree with some relevant studies (environmental studies, community-based social marketing, natural science, etc.)

Eligibility criteria

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:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) 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
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months

*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.

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