Deep Dives Module

Career Track 2: Community Projects

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The Community Projects Career Track will examine opportunities for youth within their own, or other, Indigenous communities. This includes project development, community sustainability and energy planning, food security work, and clean energy championship.

Did you know?

A total of 197 medium-to-large renewable energy generating projects with Indigenous involvement are now in operation (171 projects) or in the final stages of planning or construction (26 projects). Most of these projects involve partnerships between Indigenous communities and energy sector companies, utilities, or developers.

Source: Accelerating Transition report

Job profiles:

  • Community Relations Expert
  • Climate Change Coordinator
  • Community and Urban Planner
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Hydrologist

 

Job Profiles

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Job Profile 1

Community Relations Expert

Community relations experts help organizations achieve their goals while respecting the culture and ways of knowing of the local community. They facilitate communication ties between organizations and the community and try to create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They also draft media releases to increase the community's awareness of the company's goals, culture, and vision.

Median Income:  $35.00/Hour

Alternative Job Titles:

  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Community Social Development Officer
  • Public Relations Representative

 

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Job prospects
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Total Job openings:

0

New Jobs:

0

Replacement:

0

Requirements

  •  A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related discipline such as social science, public relations, communications or business administration is normally required.
  • A degree in any field, plus a diploma or additional degree in public relations, communications, or journalism is also acceptable by some employers.
  • A master's degree in a related discipline is considered an asset.
  • Several years of professional experience and on-the-job training are generally required, or a combination of education and work experience may be accepted.
  • Knowledge of techniques to determine the needs of the parties involved, assess and develop business and product opportunities and advertising services.

 

Skills

  • Organizational skills to coordinate the project stakeholders' activities and align these activities with the organization's goals.
  • Planning skills to establish timelines for completing objectives on time and within budget.
  • Analytical skills to review data or facts to determine appropriate actions or recommendations.
  • Strong communication skills to be able to communicate the project status to all involved parties.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to effectively solve any disputes that may arise.
  • Strong critical thinking skills to assess the status quo of the project in a comprehensive and thorough manner.

 

Main Duties

  •  Plan, develop and implement programs or proposals at the community level.
  • Determine the need for demographic, social, and economic analyses and conduct/lead these analyses effectively.
  • Establish relationships with stakeholders to assist in environmental governance decisions and address clean energy issues and concerns.
  • Plan and develop environmental frameworks to tackle policy matters in a variety of jurisdictions.
  • Establish partnerships involving renewable energy projects at the community level.

 

Training Opportunities

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Job Profile 2

Climate Change Coordinator

Job description - Climate change coordinators contribute to the development and implementation of municipal operational and institutional changes that will lead to operational savings and the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. They also focus on the implementation of municipal climate change mitigation priorities identified in the community-wide GHG emission reduction plans.

Median Income: $39.90/Hour

Alternative job titles

  • Climate Action Coordinator
  • Energy Consultant
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Clean Energy Coordinator
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

1941

New Jobs:

642

Replacement:

1299

Requirements

  • A University degree or college diploma in a related field such as Environmental Management, Sustainability, Natural Resources Management, etc. is usually required.
  • A Master’s degree in a related discipline is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination and management and facilitating meetings and public/stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Experience administering and coordinating programs in a natural and applied science-related area.
  • Work experience in a similar energy industry environment (Relevant work experience may vary depending on the job posting).
  • Strong knowledge of environmental management practices and related legislation and regulations.

 

Skills

  • Analytical skills to analyze reports and data in order to identify appropriate responses or recommend actions.
  • Organizational skills to coordinate tasks and activities, as well as determine the next steps of the company's project.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and presentation communications skills.
  • Ability to conduct studies to propose climate change mitigation practices and provide reasoning or support for projects.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple complex projects within time and budget.

 

Main Duties

  • Develop plans and projects related to sustainability initiatives within the organization.
  • Research policies and practices for the environmental or climate management of the company and propose necessary changes.
  • Develop and present business cases to engage decision-makers in making sustainable decisions.
  • Coordinate the implementation of projects, while ensuring that they are carried out in an efficient manner, following project protocols, and in compliance with legislation and policies.
  • Develop sustainability reports to measure the performance of every single operation of the company and propose solutions in case of underperformance.
  • Define the company's sustainability goals and set targets to achieve these goals.

 

Training Opportunities

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Job Profile 3

Community and Urban Planner

Job description - Community planners are responsible for developing plans and recommending policies to manage land use in their jurisdictions. They study the social, economic, cultural, environmental, political, and physical conditions of urban, rural, and remote communities to assist them as they decide how to make the best use of their land and resources for sustainable growth and revitalization. Urban planners working in the clean energy sector are well positioned to provide the necessary support to implement comprehensive energy solutions within local jurisdictions.

Median Income: $39.95/Hour

Alternative Job Titles

  • Community Leader
  • Environmental Planner
  • Land Use Planner
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

2377

New Jobs:

661

Replacement:

1716

Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning or a related discipline is usually required.
  • A master's degree in one of these disciplines is considered an asset.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is usually a requirement.
  • Membership in a provincial planning institute may be needed in some provinces.
  • Good understanding of planning processes, legislative requirements, governance models, and preparation of policy documents and statutes.
  • Experience in developing reports, preparing presentations and conducting extensive research is usually required.
  • Strong interest in working directly with local governments, Indigenous communities, and community organizations to address critical community planning concerns.
  • Familiarity with computer software, including Geographic Information Systems, AutoCAD and Microsoft Office is considered may be required.

Skills

  • Strong analytical skills to conduct extensive research related to planning, data, monitoring, and policy analysis.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, along with proven report writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to synthesize information, develop innovative proposals, and present plans and suggestions, as well as work collaboratively with other team members.
  • Ability to engage with the public and effectively communicate planning issues to a broad range of audiences.
  • Ability to perform as a mediator or facilitator when community interests come into conflict.
  • Problem-solving skills to Identify complex problems and review related information to propose appropriate solutions.

Main Duties

  • Compare and assess information on demographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, sociological, physical, and similar issues that influence land use.
  • Design plans and develop policies, and guidelines for subdivisions or developments that serve public, private, individual, and community interests.
  • Collect, manage, and interpret a wide range of data sources, including the regular use of GIS and/or other related software.
  • Facilitate and lead public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and stakeholders.
  • Summarize public consultation processes and survey results for the public and stakeholders to inform next steps in the planning program.
  • Develop and implement plans, initiatives, projects or programs to increase the use of renewable energy or reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet the needs of production or construction operations.

Training Opportunities

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Economic Development Officer

Job description – Economic development officers are responsible for analyzing the financial aspect of the company and propose measures and suggestions for development and growth in the market in which the company operates. They work directly with the financial managers, providing the necessary support to maintain the financial health of the company during the year. Economic officers also develop short-, medium- and long-term plans and strategies for the company to remain competitive in the job market.

Median Income: $30/Hour

Alternative Job Titles

  • Business Development Officer
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Job prospects
by -

Total Job openings:

0

New Jobs:

0

Replacement:

0

Requirements

  • It is usually necessary to have a bachelor's degree in a finance-related program and/or an industry-related program.
  • Work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is usually required in this occupation.
  • A master's degree in business administration (MBA) is considered an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of economic principles and practices and financial markets.
  • Experience in conducting online marketing, E-commerce and Website promotions, and developing marketing strategies.

Skills

  • Analytical skills to conduct a thorough analysis of the company's current situation and recommend reasonable future investments.
  • Detail-oriented skills to prepare and revise key financial reports.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required to manage diverse relationships related to the funding of projects within the organization.
  • Strategic planning skills to develop strategies and achieve the company's goals.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify potential financial risks and propose appropriate solutions.
  • Good time management skills as well as high ethical standards in dealing with the company's finances.

Main Duties

  • Develop social and economic profiles of urban and rural areas to encourage industrial and commercial investment.
  • Conduct surveys and analyze data on the buying habits and preferences of wholesale and retail consumers.
  • Review and evaluate commercial or industrial development proposals.
  • Conduct analytical marketing studies.
  • Design market research questionnaires.
  • Evaluate customer service and store environments.
  • Design, conduct and analyze quantitative and qualitative research projects.
  • Develop feasibility studies and marketing strategies.

Training Opportunities

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Hydrologist

Job description - Hydrologists research the dynamic nature of water and evaluate issues such as the rain and runoff relationship. They are also involved in projects to study the effects of precipitation on soils and different landscapes, and its movement through the earth and its return to the ocean and atmosphere. They are also responsible for promoting the responsible use of water sources for the conservation of supplies. Hydrologists are vital in protecting Canada's water resources.

Median Income: $45/Hour

Alternative Job Titles:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Groundwater Consultant
  • Geologist
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

2052

New Jobs:

441

Replacement:

1611

Requirements

  • A university degree in geology, geochemistry, geophysics or a related discipline is usually needed.
  • A master's or doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, mathematics or engineering could be required.
  • Registration with a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers, geologists, geophysicists or geoscientists is normally required.
  • Several years of directly relevant professional experience (Relevant work experience may vary depending on the job posting).

Skills

  • Critical thinking skills are needed when designing strategies that address potential threats to the water supply.
  • Strong Communication skills to be able to clearly communicate your findings to the parties involved in the project.
  • Strong data analysis skills in order to analyze collected field data and propose appropriate solutions.
  • Good planning and organization skills in order to accomplish the objectives of the project, to work independently and as part of a team, and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use specialized instrumentation and equipment.

Main Duties

  • Lead scientific hydrogeological research to make sure that precise and accurate data is readily accessible to be used in water resource management decision-making.
  • Assist in planning the development of water resources by monitoring water use and precipitation levels.
  • Carry out studies and communicate important information to further promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
  • Implement the results of research in order to reduce the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, and sedimentation.
  • Address water flow situations, e.g. droughts and floods, and assess alternative approaches to problem solving.
  • Plan and collect groundwater or surface water in order to monitor data to support project development.

Training Opportunities

There are some programs in Canada that provide training opportunities in trades for Indigenous people:

Did you know?

Hydrologists who provide design inputs for water management infrastructure projects (e.g., dams, canals, rainwater management, pipeline or bridge crossings) are required to have an engineering degree and Professional Engineer status. In addition, hydrologists providing geological information are required to have a degree in geology and Professional Geoscientist status.