by Stacy Dunn
A green job is a job or self-employment that genuinely contributes to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly world.
The website GoodWork.ca says small business, self-employment, and entrepreneurship is very much a part of the new green economy. Green jobs can also be found with large businesses, nonprofit organizations, government, or education.
This website posts green job openings from across Canada.
Visit GoodWork.ca at www.goodwork.ca/jobs
Examples of green jobs:
Scientists, Engineers, Architects, Architectural Technologists, Planners, Economists, Biologists, Conservationists, Policy Analysts, Greenhouse Gas Specialists, Public Relations, Landscapers, and Geomatics
For labour market research in the environment sector, visit ECO Canada at www.eco.ca/research
Bruceyene Collins, Learning Manager with the Holland College Architectural Technology program, says partnerships with regional, national, and international post-secondary institutions and local organizations has helped her students explore green building practices and sustainable design standards such as Passivhaus and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
“In 2012, we did an international exchange project with Nova Scotia Community College, Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, and the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland on developing energy-efficient solutions for the built environment,” she says.
“This three-year project was very influential to our program and led to the creation of a Sustainable Design course and integration of sustainable design concepts into the students’ technologist thesis project.
“In our program, we regularly work with Habitat for Humanity and private homeowners on developing energy efficient residential projects that provide great practical experience for the students.”
The Architectural Technology program is accredited at the “Technologist Level” by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). After two years of work experience as an Architectural Technologist, graduates can apply for certification with Island Technology Professionals to receive their Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) designation.
“Our graduates go on to careers as Architectural Technologists, Engineering Technologists, CAD Operators for the manufacturing sector, Kitchen Designers, Contract Administrators, Project Managers, and Building Inspectors.
“Some graduates pursue further education to become certified Passive House Designers/Consultants or to obtain their LEED credentials. Green jobs are the future of the architectural building industry and PEI is well situated to address the effects of climate change through sustainable construction practices.”
Colleges and Institutes Canada offers an internship program for youth. “The Career-Launcher Internship program is funded through the federal government and helps pays the intern’s salary,” says Paul Murnaghan, Program Manager for the Holland College Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology programs.
“About 84 percent of interns found employment or continued their education after finishing their internship. Depending on the year, 88 to 100 percent of the Architectural Technology graduates found employment in their field of study. In addition, a number of graduates take advantage of the degree pathways that are offered.”
For more about Holland College programs, visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs
For more about Island Technology Professionals, visit www.techpei.ca
For more about CICan Career Launcher, visit www.careerlauncher.ca
For the past two years, UPEI has hosted the School of Climate Change & Adaptation. Earlier this year, UPEI unveiled plans to establish the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation in St. Peter’s Bay.
The facility will house the UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation and the UPEI Climate Lab. It will include research, innovation, and collaboration space, a residence for third and fourth-year students and visiting faculty, storage and repair space for equipment, and common areas designed to encourage interaction and integration of the research. A Master’s program in Climate Change and Adaptation is also proposed.
“We hope to have the new facility running by the end of 2021,” says Ross Dwyer, Project Manager. “We partner with Parks Canada, the Government of PEI, farmers, fishers, private industry, and non-profit organizations on projects like monitoring coastline and soil erosion and crops. The work is largely field based. We have a great opportunity to go to Prince Edward Island National Park at Greenwich to study biodiversity using drones, virtual reality technology, GIS and other mapping software.”
For more about the UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation, visit
ClimateSense Professional Internship Program
Ross is also Project Coordinator of ClimateSense, a continuing education program for graduates and professionals working in climate change and adaptation at UPEI. Natural Resources Canada and the Government of PEI are among the partners in this program.
“This project gives people the opportunity to learn about climate change across various sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and food,” says Erin Taylor, Director of the ClimateSense Program and the Manger of the Climate Change Secretariat for PEI’s Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change.
“We further developed the program this year to give 12 internships to recent post-secondary graduates so they can gain some valuable work experience and mentorship with organizations doing projects related to climate change.”
The internships are six or 12 months long with non-governmental organizations, government departments, or private industry. Interns will attend ClimateSense training and professional development workshops. Their positions are funded through the federal and provincial governments.
“There have been job opportunities in the environmental sector across all departments for the last couple of years,” Erin says. “Climate change is an issue that many departments have included in their mandates. I was hired by the province in 2004 in a climate change specific role. Since then, four staff have been hired to work in the Climate Change Secretariat with me. I expect to see more growth in green jobs within government in the next few years.
“I had a team of summer students who were studying engineering, environmental science, dietetics and public policy. The dietitian student’s project was on food waste, a significant greenhouse gas emissions problem. Several food issues affect climate change, such as carbon dioxide and food nutrition and the transportation of food to the North and other hard-to-reach places.
“Climate change isn’t going away anytime soon.” Erin says. “We need well-educated people with creative and innovative ideas to build networks and find solutions.”
For more information on ClimateSense, visit www.climatesense.ca.
For a list of jobs with the PEI Public Service Commission, visit www.jobspei.ca.
Other green organizations
View Parks Canada jobs at www.pc.gc.ca/en/agence-agency/emplois-jobs
Island Nature Trust is the province’s first and oldest private land trust, working since 1979 to protect land and wildlife on PEI. For more information, visit www.islandnaturetrust.ca
PEI Watershed Alliance is made up of 24 community-based groups managing local wildlife habitats. They have a mix of seasonal and permanent staff and volunteers providing action-based watershed stewardship year-round. For more information, visit www.peiwatershedalliance.org