As part of a large, regional cooperative, the Sustainability Hub Indigenous Coordinator will co-develop regional sustainability and business plans for the development and operation of the Charlton Sustainability Hub, a rural, community-based educational facility based on local food, renewable energy and affordable low carbon housing. Keepers of the Circle, an Indigenous Hub located in the District of Temiskaming is a member of the cooperative. The Charlton Sustainability Hub mission is to develop and promote the sustainable practices of low carbon living, through hands-on experience, modelling, research, and skill training to build the confidence and connections required to live a healthy, resilient, affordable and rewarding low carbon rural lifestyle by sharing of knowledges, locally at the physical Hub and through our Virtual Hub internet platform.
Duties and responsibilities
We are seeking a creative, organized and friendly, person to help facilitate and foster relationship-building during the design-build process. This may include: liaising with members to identify design connections to curriculum and member projects; assisting with space design and implementation; listening to concerns and brainstorming solutions; drafting executive summaries of feedback for transparent reporting; and searching for sources of funding and in-kind donations.
Specific tasks may include:
- Assisting with creating and implementing a community engagement strategy
- Designing and managing dynamic teaching sessions that can be adapted to both in-person and online participation.
- Synthesis of feedback received into clear reports and visually compelling stories (i.e. using images, graphs, Powerpoint, and ideally the Adobe Creative Suite software).
- Tracking of related data and operational requirements using Excel.
- Assisting with meeting and action item administration and follow-up.
Knowledge and skills
- In-depth knowledge of how physical environments can integrate and demonstrate Sustainability, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Indigenous Culture and Heritage.
- Communication: effective reading, writing, speaking, and active listening skills and comfort with video chat, email, and in-person presentations to relay information clearly and concisely.
- Research: ability to synthesize findings, provide context for projects, and tell a compelling story from research findings.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving: can identify complex problems and identify patterns and key themes from disparate feedback.
- Organization, coordination, and time management: able to develop and achieve goals and plans within allocated budget and timeline.
- Networking and interpersonal: able to build trust and maintain friendly, cooperative working relationships with both internal and external community members
- Technological: familiarity with data visualization and some graphic design ability for designing outreach communications (Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign).
- Creativity and adaptability: ability to thrive in a small team environment, bring forward ideas, and receive feedback.
- Enjoys bringing people together, sharing new ideas, and conveying information in a way that builds trust and enthusiasm in a project.
Post-secondary education in a field relating to agriculture, environmental justice
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
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- 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)
*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.