Climate Change Specialist (Contract)
Reporting to the Manager, Fleet & Facilities, the Climate Change Specialist is responsible for the research, development, planning, and implementation of the Town’s Climate Action Plan. This position focuses on mitigating the environmental impact of the Town, its businesses, residents, and visitors. The Specialist oversees the completion of priorities in the plan while continuously engaging with the community and various stakeholders to ensure institutionalized cultural change. The position researches and monitors funding opportunities and coordinates the completion of grant applications, including reporting and monitoring, where they may contribute to climate change initiatives. The main duties and responsibilities for the position are in the areas of leadership and coordination of the Town’s climate action plan, development of corporate climate action policy and promotion, grant research and coordination, research and present sustainability best practices, and other division duties.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Diploma in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, or related discipline. Educational focus on energy management and/or climate change an asset.
- Two (2) years’ experience in a role involved in reducing GHG emissions, climate change response and sustainable development. Sustainability experience, or urban planning experience, in a municipal environment, and conducting GHG inventories an asset.
- Demonstrated experience in program development process specifically implementation of new initiatives with through planning, costing, feedback and evaluation processes. Strong research, data analysis, and report preparation skills.
- Thorough understanding of local, provincial, and federal funding sources or the willingness to learn through research, and the ability to locate potential sources for funding. Thorough understanding of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, provincial, and federal regulations or the willingness to learn through research.
- Excellent administrative, written and verbal communication, interpersonal, organizational, time management, leadership, analytical, problem-solving and public relations skills, together with the ability to use tact and discretion and to deal courteously and effectively with the public and fellow staff members. Team oriented with a strong customer service orientation and the ability to work independently.
- Ability to multi-task, cope with interruptions and work under pressure to meet multiple deadlines, exercise discretion and good judgment particularly when handling highly confidential/sensitive information. Possess a high level of initiative and personal integrity.
- Thorough working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office applications, database management, and office equipment. Knowledge of GHG software an asset.
- Valid Class “G” driver’s license and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business. Ability and willingness to travel within the community as required.
- Possess a current Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Check (Level 2) with results satisfactory to the employer, and a valid standard first aid & CPR/AED Level C certification (or willing to obtain).