Deep Dives Module

Career Track 7: Future Transition

A day in the life video

Introduction: The Energy Transition Career Track is for participants who are interested in research and development, future energy sector jobs, and technology focused roles. This Track will explore jobs that are available today as well as those that may emerge in the future.

Did you know?

The cost of fuel, and associated environmental impacts, are leading Indigenous communities to consider electric transport options. These communities are beginning to ramp up electric charging infrastructure, for example, the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Alberta is now home to two new charging stations powered by renewable energy at the Bearspaw First Nation’s Travel Centre on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Source: Accelerating Transition report

Job profiles:

  • Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • EV Fleet Manager

Job Profiles

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Job Profile 1

Nursery and Greenhouse Manager

Job description - Greenhouse managers are responsible for supervising the growth of a variety of trees, shrubs and other plants that are used for landscaping. In addition, they are also in charge of applying pesticides and fertilizers, as well as controlling the company's inventory and marketing operations.

Median income: $26/Hour

Alternative job titles

  • Nursery Manager
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Job prospects
by -

Total Job openings:

0

New Jobs:

0

Replacement:

0

Requirements

  • Generally, it is required to have completed a college program in horticulture or a related discipline.
  • Previous experience as a nursery/greenhouse supervisor/coordinator is usually required.
  • Practical experience in vegetable production and organic production methods is normally required.
  • Strong knowledge of planting and harvesting techniques.
  • Knowledge of plant and plant cultivars’ adaptation to a specific environment and to a specific market.
  • Pesticide certification may be required.

Skills

  • Ability to identify weed, disease and insect problems and how to effectively control them.
  • Critical thinking skills to make important and timely decisions in order to improve their harvest.
  • Strong analytical skills to monitor and assess the quality of the land.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Technical skills to operate machinery and equipment.
  • Ability to instruct practical farming techniques and provide guidance to staff.

Main Duties

  • Supervise, coordinate and direct the operation of greenhouses and/or nurseries.
  • Select and purchase appropriate supplies, such as seeds, fertilizers, and farm machinery.
  • Design and conduct an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan.
  • Ensure all pesticides are managed, stored and disposed of in compliance with provincial and federal regulations.
  • Supervise the maintenance of equipment as well as place orders for any outstanding equipment and supplies.
  • Responsible for efficiently monitoring and maintaining records of all repairs and projects carried out in the facility.
  • Prepare and submit reports as required.

Training Opportunities

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

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Job Profile 2

Aquaculture Technician

Job description - Aquaculture technicians are responsible for providing technical support and services to professionals working in fields such as agriculture, resource management, environmental protection, plant and animal biology, etc. Aquaculture technicians are normally involved in raising fish and marine plants for recreational and food purposes. They may also be involved in the design of equipment, development and research of the facility, and the harvesting, handling and transportation of products

As a result of habitat depletion and climate change, aquaculture is a much-needed component of the agricultural economy.

Median income: $25.33/Hour

Alternative job titles

  • Biological Technician
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

576

New Jobs:

133

Replacement:

443

Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is normally required.
  • Completing a college program of two to three years in aquaculture or a related field is usually required for employment.
  • Working experience in fishing or aquaculture operations is usually required. A combination of education and experience may be accepted.
  • Certification with provincial associations is available and may be required by some employers.
  • Practical knowledge of techniques and tools for raising, planting, growing, harvesting, and storing plant and animal food products is usually required.
  • Strong knowledge of living organisms and their interactions with each other and with the environment, as well as industrial processes, involving safety, quality control, and project management.

Skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical issues and propose solutions, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong problem-solving skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Technical skills to operate tools and equipment.
  • Analytical skills to analyze data in order to determine appropriate actions or recommendations for the development of the project.
  • Research and investigation skills required to perform studies to enhance both knowledge and understanding as well as analyze factors to determine cause or support for ideas.
  • Strong observational skills and ability to cope with the physical demands of the job.

Main Duties

  • Provide environmental monitoring to make sure that optimal conditions for aquatic life are maintained.
  • Supervise and control fish trapping and spawning, egg incubation, and fingerling rearing by using technical expertise in handling and cultivating fish.
  • Depending on the project, work with the replenishment of depleted fish population in ponds and lakes.
  • Assist the company with business plans and economic outlooks.
  • Direct and supervise the release of adult fish into ponds, lakes, or tanks.
  • Collect data pertinent to the project, such as records of fish population growth.
  • Lead and oversee tests to identify diseases or parasites.

Training Opportunities

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

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EV Fleet Manager

Job description – EV Fleet managers oversee the transportation operations and are responsible for optimizing both productivity and profitability through the management of the fleet and the drivers behind it. They are also in charge of setting up and establishing the itineraries and timetables for both the fleet and its staff. Fleet managers are responsible for all fleet logistics and for closely supervising all aspects of expenses and profits.

Median income: $40.51/Hour

Alternative job titles

  • Transportation Manager
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

1015

New Jobs:

169

Replacement:

846

Requirements

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in business, logistics, engineering, or a related discipline is typically necessary.
  • Extensive experience in logistics and operations management or similar role is usually required.
  • Depending on the job posting, you may be required to be certified as an operator of a specific type of transport.
  • Strong practical knowledge of business and management concepts in connection with strategic planning and resource allocation.
  • Previous experience working as a EV fleet supervisor or coordinator is usually required before taking the management role

Skills

  • Good attention to detail skills to efficiently prepare shipping documentation and track and trace freight in transit.
  • Ability to set up and manage the complex work schedules of operators.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to manage a variety of working relationships related to the project.
  • Analytical skills to assist stakeholders in making decisions that affect the organization and strategy.
  • Problem-solving skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to perform well under pressure and deliver on time.

Main Duties

  • Plan and manage daily operations, such as workload monitoring and task lists.
  • organize and maintain a record of the equipment, vehicles and crew available within the organization.
  • Monitor operations closely to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures.
  • Identify the most appropriate modes of transportation, routes, and equipment to meet the requirements of the organization and/or the customers.
  • Arrange for repairs and preventive maintenance, as well as purchase new vehicles when necessary.
  • Identify and propose transportation and communication system technologies to lower environmental impacts or avoid unnecessary costs.

Training Opportunities

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