Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Ambassador

Selkirk College Published: August 31, 2020
Castlegar/Nelson & Remote, British Columbia
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The Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador’s role will be to raise awareness of and encourage action towards the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) among students, staff and faculty at Selkirk College. The individual will work to mobilize the campus community to take further steps and establish plans to act upon the SDGs.

Reporting to the College’s Sustainability Coordinator, the SDG Ambassador will gain experience in project management, communications, marketing, and data management. They should have a strong interest in sustainable development, have excellent communications skills both written and verbal, be able to work independently, and be an influential communicator and leader.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Effectively map Selkirk College’s current work towards the SDGs and identify opportunities to contribute further
  • Engage with Campus programs and community groups who are currently working towards the SDGs and strengthen cross-department relationships and promote their contributions to the SDGs
  • Collaborate with multiple departments to develop a framework within which student projects, work-integrated learning opportunities, and co-op education placements may be explicitly tied to SDGs and their corresponding targets
  • Organize and host a webinar/speaker series highlighting SDG work within the college and surrounding community
  • Create resources to assist in raising awareness and increasing understanding of the SDGs. These may include workshops or events for employees and students, outreach materials and marketing strategies for the campus community, and materials to assist in embedding SDG principles within College courses
  • Assist the Sustainability Coordinator in continuing to create a culture of sustainability on campus and represent Sustainable Selkirk and Selkirk College in a professional manner within the surrounding community

Knowledge and skills

  • Basic knowledge and/or interest in SDGs
  • Awareness of Selkirk College schools and programs
  • Superior time management and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience organizing events
  • Knowledge and experience in relevant software, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Zoom, and ability to work effectively remotely

Education required

  • Any relevant post-secondary education (Bachelor or diploma) within a sustainability-related discipline

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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