Sustainability Intern

Ottawa Peace & Environment Resource Centre Published: August 12, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario
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The PERC exists to address several community needs:

  • The need for alternative local media that address Peace and Environment issues;
  • The need for a resource centre where alternative publications are available to the public.
  • An outlet is needed for local groups to communicate with the public.
  • The public need to be involved in finding solutions to environmental and social problems.

The role of the Sustainability Intern is to support sustainability programs for the organization and develop clean technology themes and climate change initiatives. This includes research, coordination, planning, and implementing sustainability activities and projects in English and French.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Conduct research for articles and reports on clean technology and climate change.
  2. Support our Climate Change programs and assist with workshops and outreach for climate adaptation, energy efficiency, and energy conservation.
  3. Coordinate activities and educational opportunities related to sustainability and climate change alongside staff and volunteers.
  4. Support Ottawa Energy Collective Impact work on green buildings and energy efficiency.
  5. Support STEM-related content for the Peace & Environment News, website, and other media.
  6. Provide administrative support for the organization, including program and operations support
  7. Performs other duties as necessary

Knowledge and skills


  • In-depth knowledge of climate change and sustainability
  • Strong understanding of non-profit volunteerism and leadership or a willingness to build capacity in this area
  • Knowledge of research practices

Skills & Abilities

  • Bilingual: Must be able to communicate in both English and French and comfortable giving presentations in a Francophone environment.
  • Communication: effective reading, writing, speaking, and active listening skills over the telephone, video chat, e-mail, or in person
  • Critical thinking and problem solving: can identify complex problems and analyze large amounts of information to evaluate and develop solutions
  • Organization, coordination, and time management: able to develop goals and plans to accomplish them within allocated budget and timeline
  • Negotiation: can resolve conflicts and communicate messages in a persuasive manner
  • Technological: familiar with computers and computer systems including internet, email, messaging apps, Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Creativity and adaptability: developing, designing, or creating new ideas, relationships, systems, or products

Education required

Post-secondary degree required

Education in a STEM field is an asset

Certification required


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:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age 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)

*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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