Apply now! Green Spaces Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all placements have been filled for Summer 2018!
If you want an opportunity to launch your career in Canada’s green economy, this is your chance!
Employers – Please contact the Regional Coordinator (RC) nearest you to submit a job description.
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A project undertaken with the support of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Youth empowerment is a crucial step for Canada showcasing its climate action leadership in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UNA-Canada has recognized this and in response, has launched the Green Spaces/Espaces Verts programme. Green Spaces is an innovative student youth initiative, designed to provide talented and passionate young Canadians with exciting summer work opportunities in parks and other natural settings across Canada.
WHO WE ARE
Green Spaces is a wage-matching programme that works together with organizations in the green sector across the country to place talented students in outdoor summer positions that will elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience of working in sustainable development.
Participants will undertake three to four-month work-integrated learning placements with organizations in a variety of sectors, including private companies, non-profits, governments, Indigenous-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other associations. These placements will be offered across Canada, but particularly in the following focus cities: Yellowknife, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax.
The participants may assist their employers and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability efforts during their placements. Additionally, they may also engage their communities and workplace to identify and address environmental “quick wins”.
UNA-Canada is building on 20+ years of success to launch Green Spaces, and has designed spectacular elements within the programme that will enhance the personal and professional growth of the participants, including:
- Bridging talented young students to meaningful summer work opportunities through work-integrated learning and disciplined support
- Strategic four-month full-time placements working with various sectors
- Employer partners will receive a wage subsidy to host GS participants during their four-month placements
- Peer-to-peer knowledge and skills transfer through “Innovation Team” sessions, consisting of Green Spaces and Canada Green Corps participants and alum, as well as UNA-Canada’s international UN interns
- Be an ambassador of UNA-Canada in their communities by raising awareness and education of the work they conduct in their placements and their sustainability efforts
- Contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate and environment through United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
BENEFITS FOR YOUTH
Getting that practical, real-world work experience in between school! Opportunities such as these give students a leg-up for once they graduate and are looking for their first job to launch their green careers.
- Gain valuable work experience and develop new professional skills
- Build your network with like-minded professionals from diverse professional and academic backgrounds
- Develop a more nuanced understanding of issues related to environmental sustainability, natural resource development and management, and green growth opportunities in a Canadian and international context
To be part of Green Spaces, youth must be:
- Currently enrolled in school, and returning back to school at the end of the four-month placement
- Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
- Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
- Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of the placement (*Please note that the cancellation of EI benefits may cause some delay in the hiring process), and
- Not have participated in a youth project or programme funded by the federal government within one year.
Interested participants can apply here.
The process for securing a placement is as follows:
Due to a highly competitive process, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We ask that no calls are made during this stage. If you have a specific question, please email the Regional Coordinator nearest you.
BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS
- A wage subsidy (approximately 50%) for the duration of your Green Spaces participant’s employment at your organization
- Access to a pool of talented and motivated students
- Connections to like-minded and innovative organizations across Canada
- Be part of the national network of industry leaders across the country in the green sector
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Private-sector companies
- Municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies, and Crown Corporations
- Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils, and self-government entities);
- Post-secondary institutions or research labs
The first step for potential Employers who are interested in hiring a Green Spaces participant is to email the Regional Coordinator nearest you. There is no deadline for employers to apply, but there is limited funding and all placements will take place May 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018.
|Aditi Rudra||[email protected]||Vancouver|
|Abigail Alty||[email protected]||Territories|
|Lisa Robenberg||[email protected]||Calgary|
|Pamela Bryan||[email protected]||Edmonton|
|Emily Kennedy||[email protected]||Halifax|
|Victoria Woodhouse||[email protected]||Toronto|
|Megan Elliott||[email protected]||Ottawa|
|Oula Hajjar||[email protected]||Montreal|
|Tania de Falco||[email protected]||Quebec City|
|Abdal Qeshta||[email protected]||Winnipeg|
|Tzigane Ludwig||[email protected]||Saskatoon|
Employers or youth who have specific questions regarding Green Spaces can email:
Project Officer, Nathan Adams at [email protected] (for Vancouver, Yellowknife, Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon)
Project Officer, Victoria Woodhouse at [email protected] (for Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto)
Project Officer, Samaram Njie at [email protected] (for Quebec City, Montreal and other enquiries in French)
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only selected candidates will be contacted.