Zero Waste Advisor

NEC Native Education College Published: July 23, 2020
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Internship Type
Category
Salary range
$20/hr
Hours per week
35
Start Date
2020/08/31
End Date
2020/12/05

Description

The Zero Waste Advisor assists the Native Education College with reducing, reusing and recycling products for sustainable consumption and minimal environmental impacts. The advisor works with staff in the building service, information technology, food service and instructional service to coordinate supply purchases for zero waste and to reduce, reuse and recycle waste to move closer to zero waste production. The advisor works with college students to assist with setting up their households to move closer to zero waste. The advisor will provide learning opportunities on waste effects on health, water, consumption, climate and the environment. Traditional Indigenous spiritual connection with the cosmos will form the framework for discussing our relationship with creation and respect for all things.

Duties and responsibilities

Promote reducing, reusing and recycling products for sustainable consumption and minimal environmental impacts.

Work with college staff in the building service, IT, food service and instructional service to coordinate supply purchases for zero waste.

Coordinate reusing and recycling systems at the college to move closer to zero waste production.

Provide information and learning activities for college students to set up their households to move closer to zero waste.

Provide community learning opportunities on waste effects on health, water, consumption, climate and the environment.

Promote traditional Indigenous spiritual relationship with creation and respect for all things.

Knowledge and skills

Lived experience with traditional Indigenous spiritual practices regarding relationship to creation that are from a specific land-based Indigenous culture and accountable to traditional Indigenous knowledge holders.

Knowledge of sustainability practices in an institutional setting that contribute to zero-waste operations.

Understanding of the effects of consumer waste on health, water, consumption, climate and the environment.

Demonstrated ability to research, compile and present accurate information on sustainability and zero waste.

Experience providing learning materials, workshops, talking circles or informational activities to the general public.

Demonstrated innovation and critical thinking in developing new procedures and systems in organizations.

Demonstrated professionalism, accountability and interpersonal communication skills.

 

Education required

Traditional Indigenous cultural education through community ceremonial participation.

Post-secondary courses in Indigenous studies or environmental studies.

 

Certification required

College certificate in environmental studies or equivalent.

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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