Canada nationals: Summer Student (Climate Adaptation)

Government of Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS, CA

About Us

Nova Scotia Environment’s role is to protect the environment, human health and animal health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise.
Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental, conservation, animal, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.

The Climate Adaptation Section supports provincial departments, industry stakeholders and communities to prepare for climate change. We help our partners to identify and understand current and future impacts of climate change on their operations, their sector, their stakeholders, mandate and goals, as well as broader implications for communities, landscapes, ecosystems and infrastructure. We offer resource support, educational training and assistance in assessment and strategy design and implementation. We also help coordinate large multi-stakeholder climate adaptation capacity building initiatives inside and outside of government. While the adaptation strategies of our partners vary widely from one context to another, we strive to ensure that the processes they follow and the work they undertake reflect best research and practice, align with provincial values and advance wherever possible, larger public policy goals.

About Our Opportunity

Working under direction of one of our climate adaptation senior policy analysts, you will support the Climate Unit to implement our adaptation commitments and enhance the resilience of the province.  This includes but is not limited to conducting background research and coordination support for a provincial climate change impact assessment.    

About You

To be eligible for this position, you must currently be enrolled full-time in an Environmental Sciences, Economics, Business or other relevant post-secondary concentration and returning to school in Fall. 2020. Knowledge of provincial and federal climate change risk assessments and/or adaptation policies, programs, and plans is considered an asset. 
In addition to the above, the below will be key for success within the position:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting high quality literature reviews and familiarity in working with demographic and statistical data,
  • Strong critical and creative thinking skills,
  • Strong computer skills,
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills,
  • Highly organized and motivated,
  • Interest in working with maps and graphic representation of data,
  • Ability to work in a team environment and willingness to share ideas with colleagues.
Other Considerations

Please note, this is a student position with an end date of August 28, 2020

Pay Grade:  

Salary Range:  $16.18 – $26.37 Hourly   




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