Climate Integration / Adaptation Facilitator Intern - ClimateSense Professional Internship - Department of Education and Life Long Learning - School of Climate Change and Adaptation (Grant Funded)

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Position Type:
Staff Position
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School of Climate Change and Adaptation
Climate Integration / Adaptation Facilitator Intern - ClimateSense Professional Internship - Department of Education and Life Long Learning
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 two related placements; one with the PEI Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and one with STEAM PEI (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), a local not-for-profit NGO. As the ClimateSense Intern you will work closely with the secondary science and innovation curriculum specialist and the executive director of STEAM PEI, for a period of six months each.


  • Develop and deliver inquiry models/lessons that target select specific curriculum outcomes from the Prince Edward Island science curriculum that are conducive to the integration of climate awareness/resilience/adaptation
  • Develop and deliver a new STEAM PEI Climate Science summer camp
  • Facilitate climate lessons to students engaged in STEAM PEI summer camps, including but not limited to Building STEAM, Introduction to Engineering, InSTEM— a land based Indigenous camp that will be two weeks of learning on the land, about the land, with indigenous knowledge being the focus and western knowledge blended in
  • Co-facilitate (with classroom teachers) climate related lessons to students across the province of Prince Edward Island
  • Participate in the 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 will preferably have successfully completed a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree
  • completion of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) also considered an asset
  • Preference given to applicants who have experience supervising groups of children ages 5-18
  • Completion of nonviolent crisis intervention training will be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of climate change and adaptation techniques will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrable background knowledge and/or education in another relevant environmental science
  • Knowledge of climate science will be considered an asset
  • 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
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently and take initiative where appropriate
  • Must have 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 in both Summerside and Charlottetown
  • Current First Aid Certification and recent criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening is required or must be able to be obtained prior to commencing employment
  • 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.