Sustainability Intern - ClimateSense Professional Internship - Department of Social Development and Housing - School of Climate Change and Adaptation (Grant Funded)

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Staff Position
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School of Climate Change and Adaptation
Sustainability Intern - ClimateSense PRofessional Internship - Department of Social Development and Housing
Full Time Term Position
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$45,000 per annum (Grant Funded)


April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

The ClimateSense Professional Internship Program is designed to build climate change adaptation capacity in recent post-secondary graduates as well as host organizations within the public and private sectors. Interns will complete two internship placements: one with a provincial government department or agency and one with a non-governmental organization, business, industry association, or other external organization. Interns will work with mentors within the host organization to complete a sector-specific adaptation project, and will also take part in the ClimateSense Training and Professional Development Program.

The successful intern will have the opportunity to explore climate change adaptation in both the public and private sectors during their placement, garnering valuable experience that will enhance future work opportunities.

This internship involves placement with the Housing Action Plan Division with the PEI Department of Social Development & Housing and an external placement with a yet to be confirmed partner organization in the community. As the ClimateSense Intern you will work closely with mentors at the PEI Department of Social Development and Housing, and at the assigned external partner organization, for a period of six months each.


  • Assess energy efficiency retrofits for the Department of Social Development & Housing’s existing building assets  and considerations in new builds
  • Based on a pre-existing energy efficiency audit, plan the appropriate and feasible retrofits to the existing buildings, including estimates and budgeting
  • Conduct coastal flood and erosion risk assessment on Department of Social Development & Housing’s properties and building assets
  • Develop adaptation strategy for the exterior of buildings and the surrounding property to foster positive actions toward climate change
  • Assess infrastructure needs for new social housing developments that would be consistent with climate change needs.  For new builds, consideration would need to be given to green infrastructure, location of building, and connections with alternative transportation systems, in relation to the provincial Sustainable Transportation project
  • Research green building technologies and net zero building technologies
  • Participate in ClimateSense Training and Professional Development Program, as well as other training opportunities provided by the mentoring organization
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities throughout the duration of the internship
  • Support the integration of climate change considerations into the work environment


Successful applicants will possess the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of a post-secondary institution between January 2018 to May 2020
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a degree or diploma program in construction and/or architectural technology, or equivalent qualification
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in energy auditing or in the interpretation of energy audits
  • Knowledge of architectural design, design engineering and sustainable building technologies
  • Knowledge of climate science, climate change and adaptation techniques will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrable background knowledge and/or education in another relevant environmental science
  • Prior tertiary level course work or climate related training will be considered an asset
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with various software programs such as Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative where appropriate
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to write quickly, effectively, and concisely
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills and the ability to effectively lead or participate on teams in a multi-disciplinary environment  
  • Must be adaptable and flexible within a variety of situations
  • Successful applicant must have their own transportation, a valid driver’s license and the ability to work at various locations across PEI
  • Successful applicant will be required to provide proof of an acceptable criminal records and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Additional relevant education, experience and Indigenous knowledge will be considered an asset
Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.