Community Climate Action Vancouver
Position: Climate Action Technician
Location: Metro Vancouver, BC
Hours & Date Range: 35 hours per week from August to January, must be flexible with working occasionally on weekends and evenings.
Compensation and benefits: $24.08 per hour (with an additional 4% vacation pay) + certifications and training. Three positions are available.
As climate change places increasing pressure on our global, regional and local ecosystems and communities, the need to address the climate crisis with meaningful action could not be more relevant. Harnessing the energy and ambition of young adults, the Youth Climate Corps BC (YCCBC) program empowers young people to inspire and implement solutions to the climate crisis through employment, training and leadership development.
For this pilot, a cohort of three YCCBC Climate Action Technicians, led by a YCCBC Program Coordinator, will be based out of Metro Vancouver for six months. The program will involve initial training with support from community grassroot partners. The training will focus on building envelopes, energy efficiency, heat pumps, local, provincial and federal rebates, and related climate action in Metro Vancouver. Throughout the program, the YCCBC crew will receive mentorship and ongoing leadership training from YCCBC staff and community partners, specifically those involved with the Vancouver-Hastings Climate Action Team and Eon Electric. The YCCBC Vancouver program will mobilize communities towards community priorities and climate goals. The program will include the delivery of the Youth Climate Corps BC curriculum, which focuses on climate action, community leadership and workforce readiness. The crew will have networking, mentorship and education opportunities related to climate action in Vancouver, and furthering their careers in the low carbon sector. YCCBC will work with partners to help identify next steps for the Climate Action Technicians to advance their education or careers in the low carbon sector.
CLIMATE LEADERS OF TOMORROW
GETTING THE WORK DONE TODAY
ABOUT YOUTH CLIMATE CORPS
Youth Climate Corps BC (YCCBC) is a youth-led climate action program that delivers tangible community benefits at the local level while generating momentum for a just and sustainable future across Canada. We provide young people with opportunities to make a difference in their communities while earning wages and developing skills that will prepare them for meaningful future work and engaged citizenship. Through our programs, young people will gain skills and training in climate careers, such as power-tool training, ecosystem restoration, building decarbonizing, supporting active transportation, and supporting vulnerable people through climate events. Our vision is about building young leaders who can communicate, collaborate, navigate barriers, and build capacity by embracing challenges as an opportunity to grow and learn. In the YCCBC, young people can improve their own lives while becoming part of something bigger than themselves. The Vancouver YCCBC program is a collaboration with the Vancouver Hastings Climate Action Team (VHCAT) led by Minister Niki Sharma, Eon Electric, Urban Repurpose and other community partners.
YCCBC decisions are informed by these core values:
● Youth leadership: While older people have important contributions to make,
solutions to the climate crisis must be shaped by those who will live the outcomes.
We ensure youth perspectives are at the decision making table.
● Community focus: We are a national initiative that operates at the local level
through projects identified as community priorities by local residents and leaders.
● Inclusion and connection: We understand climate change as deeply related to justice and oppression, so we strive to design programming to specifically address systemic issues, amplifying the leadership of marginalized people, and supporting Indigenous sovereignty leadership, as well as internally ensuring our workplace to be a safe and justice-seeking space.
● Innovative problem solving: We strive to make unique contributions to the
Canadian climate movement and to local communities by tackling work that is
important, but neglected, or facing barriers.
● Grounding in ecology and climate science: Our initiatives are guided by the best
current science and strive to preserve and enhance the resilience and health of
natural ecosystems alongside human needs.
We are seeking passionate, motivated, and empathetic individuals driven to take meaningful climate action in their community.
Applicants should note that although the program will include various projects, the bulk of the program will involve working under the guidance and mentorship of Eon Electric apprentices for 4 days out of 5 in a given week. This will involve working on construction sites, and often sorting construction material to reduce waste.
With support and direction from the Vancouver YCCBC Coordinator, the Climate Action Technicians will:
Work under the supervision of Eon Electric to work on projects related to energy efficiency, decarbonizing, and adapting to the heating climate; while also reducing construction waste.
Be responsible for mobilizing the community to improve literacy on incentives and supports for home efficiency and resiliency assessments and retrofit and heat pump incentive education.
The YCCBC crew will work in partnership with Vancouver-Hastings Climate Action Team (VHCAT), led by Minister Sharma, to scale up VHCAT projects such as strengthening mutual aid networks for vulnerable residents, food rescue and active transport engagement in the Vancouver-Hastings area.
There will also be opportunities to work on other ecosystem restoration and community climate action projects.
Works to uphold and create a positive and inclusive work environment;
Excited to work and learn in a team setting;
Motivation to be part of solutions to climate change;
Passion for community building;
Willingness to engage others in climate action;
Adaptable and adventurous attitude;
Experience working independently and within a team;
Previous familiarity or experience with climate action or in climate-related fields is an asset but not a requirement;
Familiarity with climate change, climate action, and anti-oppressive justice work and related fields such as food security, systemic inequality, energy, forestry, ecology, extractive capitalism, Indigenous sovereignty and others is an asset.
As a condition of funding partnerships, applicants must:
Be between 17 - 30 years of age
Be legally entitled to work in Canada
Be living or willing to relocate to Vancouver
Class 5 drivers licence * not required but an asset*
YCCBC is committed to equity and inclusion in our hiring processes and work environment and we encourage women, people of colour, people of Indigenous ancestry and LGBTQ2+ individuals to apply for this position. We strive to ensure that YCCBC is a safe place, and are continually deepening our commitment to anti-oppressive operations within YCCBC.
No ‘formal’ post-secondary education is required, as we recognize that ‘formal’ education at colleges and universities is just one version of many types of meaningful education.
Please send your cover letter or short video (please no longer than 5 minutes) and resume explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and why you are a good fit to email@example.com
We will be hiring on a rolling basis, and will not accept applications after July 31st. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.