Deep Dives Module

Career Track 9: Education, Training & Advocacy

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The Education, Training and Advocacy Career Track is for participants who wish to explore careers in education and engaging communities and people of all ages around renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation. This track will also explore advocacy work to advance clean energy transition.

Did you know?

Community energy planning is an important catalyst that garners Indigenous and local support for clean energy projects and partnerships. Such engagement and educational efforts are a hallmark of successfully implemented Indigenous clean energy projects.

Source: Accelerating Transition report

Job profiles:

  • Professor
  • Lobbyist
  • Training and Professional Development

Job Profiles

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Professor

Job description - Post-secondary education professors teach undergraduate and graduate courses as well as pursue academic research. They are responsible for developing environmental and clean energy-related curricula, programs, proposals, and carry out environmental-related studies that are intended to be published. They are employed by graduate schools, such as universities and colleges.

Median income: $46.15/Hour

Alternative Job Titles

  • Lecturer
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

1462

New Jobs:

265

Replacement:

1197

Requirements

  • It is required to have a PhD in the area of study for university professors.
  • It is required to have a master’s degree in the area of study for university lecturers.
  • Strong knowledge of techniques for curriculum development, targeted teaching and coaching for individuals and groups, as well as how to measure the impact of the training provided.
  • Usually remarkable and innovative contributions in the field of study will stand out in the recruitment process.
  • A strong research and publication background is usually required.
  • Academic excellence records in all high school, undergraduate and graduate courses is considered an asset.

Skills

  • Very good verbal and written communication skills to present both complex and extensive material to all types of audiences.
  • Analytical skills to develop research relevant to the area of study.
  • Attention to detail skills in order to draft and proofread materials that will be distributed to students, as well as revise and edit articles.
  • Critical thinking skills to deal with questions and doubts that may arise from students and provide an atmosphere of open discussion and encouragement.
  • Time management skills to plan the lessons according to the material that must be covered and the time available.
  • Conflict resolution skills to manage possible conflicts that may arise during group work in the course.
  • Good understanding and interpretation skills to take into consideration the students' opinion in matters concerning tests, exams and/or final grades.

Main Duties

  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses.
  • Carry out research studies in the field of specialization and have the findings published in academic journals or books.
  • Develop, manage, and grade exams and reports as well as supervise graduate students on their research.
  • Counsel and guide students on academic and course related matters.
  • Attend university events as speakers, guest speakers, advisors, and/or staff resources.
  • Arrange and manage the curriculum and course hours.
  • Establish research priorities and financing possibilities, taking into account budget feasibility and other indicators.

Training Opportunities

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

Did you know?

For professors teaching future professionals in some professionally regulated fields, such as medicine, engineering, architecture, psychology, or law, certifications or licenses may be required.

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Lobbyist

Job Description – Lobbyists conduct extensive research in a variety of natural resources-related fields and applied sciences in order to articulate and communicate the company's goals and perspectives to external stakeholders. They are responsible for analyzing regional, federal and international policy in detail to suggest strategies that are of benefit to the company. Lobbyists prepare reports based on their research, provide consultation, manage programs and communicate with government representatives, officials and legislators on behalf of their organization and/or clients.

Median Income - $39.90/Hour

Alternative Job Titles

  • Environmental Issues Lobbyist
  • Natural Resources Policy Analyst
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Job prospects
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Total Job openings:

1941

New Jobs:

642

Replacement:

1299

Requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in a related discipline is usually required.
  • A master’s degree in a related discipline is considered an asset.
  • Proven experience of liaising and collaborating in a multi-stakeholder environment is usually required.
  • A combination of education, knowledge and work-related experience is usually required for this occupation.
  • Knowledge related to the research field of natural resources and applied sciences.
  • Knowledge of policies, regulations, and procedures related to the environment and clean energy.

Skills

  • Organizational skills to determine stages and milestones and set timelines in order to meet deadlines within budget.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to accurately and effectively research policies and key findings relevant to the organization.
  • Strong communication skills to address key policy issues and convey those issues to stakeholders in clear and plain language.
  • Attention to detail skills to review policies and regulations thoroughly and propose recommendations that would benefit the organization.
  • Ability to work with and deliver key messages to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills to review policies and procedures, write memos, and summarize program documents.

Main Duties

  • Consult with experts on environmental policies and legislation relevant to the organization to provide suggestions to regulatory authorities.
  • Raise awareness on issues such as the use of natural resources, the environment, and clean energy.
  • Lead research and provide input on policies as well as develop any programs related to clean energy and natural resources management.
  • Examine current policies and programs to evaluate whether change is appropriate and investigate any possible avenues for alternatives.
  • Lobby environmental policy and legislation by being involved in or leading expert-level environmental committees and associations.
  • Seek stakeholder contribution for support in the identification and development of policy and advocacy initiatives.

Training Opportunities

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Training and Development Professional

Job description – Training and development professionals are responsible for developing curricula, programs and materials related to clean energy and natural resources usage. They also organize, prepare and conduct workshops, conferences, seminars, retreats and in some cases individual and/or group sessions. Training and development professionals develop training programs and supervise the training of staff.

Median income - $35.82/Hour

Alternative Job Titles

  • Training and Development Consultant
  • Training Supervisor
  • Job Training Specialist
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

818

New Jobs:

293

Replacement:

525

Requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in a field related to the area of training provided is usually required.
  • Some employers may ask for a certification as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
  • Specific knowledge varies depending on the type of training that the professional will be providing.
  • Practical knowledge of methods for designing curricula, programs, and materials, as well as knowledge of teaching and instructional methods for training individuals and groups.
  • Good understanding of the principles and practices of business and human resources management.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills to deliver information in a clear, interesting, and practical way that suits the learners' individual needs.
  • Effective public speaking skills to deliver training, workshops, seminars, and programs.
  • Attention to detail skills in order to draft and proofread materials that will be distributed to learners, as well as revise and edit articles.
  • Organizational skills to coordinate the activities of groups and individuals in order to fully line up their activities with the company's goals.
  • Good time management skills to design the training based on the material that is expected to be covered and the time available.
  • Good analytical skills to develop research relevant to the area of training that will be provided.

Main Duties

  • Design, plan and deliver training in a classroom setting, or via webinars and workshops.
  • Identify strategies on how the delivered program will be integrated with other existing curricula and other programs.
  • Give presentations at professional gatherings, conferences, retreats, or symposiums.
  • Deliver training through a combination of learning methods, including hands-on experiences that enable learners to apply their learning to actual environmental real-world activities.
  • Consult with clients and people interested in training on how best to implement new learning opportunities.
  • Develop opportunities to facilitate the delivery of effective on-going learning.

Training Opportunities

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