University of Alberta

Sustainability Intern - Outreach

Office of Sustainability

Competition No.  -    S103934567
Posting Date  -    Dec 15, 2017
Closing Date  -    Feb 16, 2018
Hourly Rate  -    $16.43 per hour
Grade  -    02
Hours  -    10

This competition may be used to fill more than one position.

These part-time positions are expected to start work on August 20, 2018 and have an expected end date of May 17, 2019, with the possibility of extension.  Incoming Interns are required to attend mandatory training starting August 20, 2018.

The Office of Sustainability (OS) Internships are positions for current undergraduate students in their second year of their degree or beyond, and graduate students. Internships are investments in students and the OS aims to go beyond the tasks traditionally assigned to interns and is committed to providing our interns real world, meaningful experiences to build relevant qualifications for future careers. Interns will become familiar with the university’s many sustainability initiatives, while receiving hands-on experience in program development, outreach methods, leadership experience, needs assessment, evaluation and communications and sustainability related research.

The successful candidates must be available for 10 hours each week during the entire term of employment, with the exception of an extended winter university closure. The hours are flexible with the opportunity to work more or less than 10 hours throughout the academic year. It is expected that interns will work the majority of their time from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and weekend shifts.


  • Represents the OS and promotes our programming in a clear and engaging manner
  • Assists in the coordination and delivery of campus outreach events that may include: Sustainability Awareness Week, Earth Hour, Green Labs, Sustainability Speakers Series and Eco Move-Out
  • Provides administrative support for outreach and engagement events and projects, which will include delivering promotions, working outreach booths, preparing materials, equipment management and event wrap up
  • Supports the development and delivery of programs that promote sustainable behaviours amongst students, faculty and staff (e.g. a workshop that focuses on specific aspects of sustainability)
  • Works alongside the Project Planners in the planning, communication, organization, delivery and evaluation stages of a selection of programs


  • Minimum undergraduate or graduate student at the U of A in good academic standing; this internship is ideal for students that are enrolled in four courses or less
  • A strong knowledge of existing sustainability initiatives at the U of A is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to sustainability
  • Interest in developing leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfortable engaging with small and large audiences
  • Willingness to assist with special projects as needed (e.g. hosting waste diversion outreach at a special event)
  • Ability to work independently and receive constructive feedback
  • Persistence, initiative and self motivation
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility, inclusivity, and creativity
  • Proficient in Google Suite (e.g. Google Calendars, Google Docs and Google Drive)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Experience working on teams and ability to work with staff, faculty and students
  • Previous involvement in campus sustainability is an asset (e.g. campus sustainability volunteer programs)
  • Ability to commit to occasional evening or weekend work

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.