ClimateSense Internship (Infrastructure Resilience Intern)

University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown and Stratford, PE, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The ClimateSense Professional Internship Program is designed to build climate change adaptation capacity in recent post-secondary graduates as well as host organizations within the public and private sectors. Interns will complete an internship placement with a provincial government department, non-governmental organization, business, industry association, or other external organization. Interns will work with mentors within the host organization to complete a sector-specific adaptation project, and will also take part in the ClimateSense Training and Professional Development Program.

This internship involves a 6 month placement with the Town of Stratford followed by a 6 month placement with the City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

                                             Location: Charlottetown and Stratford – Prince Edward Island


  • Work with the City of Charlottetown to review risks to City infrastructure and select an infrastructure project for implementation (storm-water management, coastline protection, etc.)
  • Research infrastructure recommendations, collect baseline information and integrate feedback from City departments
  • Develop a project scope, apply for external funding, and time permitting, support the implementation phase under the direction and supervision of City managers
  • Assist the Town of Stratford with assessing coastal infrastructure vulnerabilities, with a specific aim of developing and implementing adaptation measures for wastewater pumping stations as well as coastal properties
  • Work directly with homeowners in vulnerable areas to identify adaptation measures for existing structures
  • Evaluate the importance of each pumping station and the impacts if one or many stations fail, determining a method for safeguarding against failure, and determining potential changes to the emergency response plan if stations fail
  • Participate in the ClimateSense Training and Professional Development Program, as well as other training opportunities provided by the mentoring organization
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities throughout the duration of the internship


Successful applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of a post-secondary institution within the last 5 years
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental engineering or related field
  • Experience with municipal wastewater systems will be considered an asset
  • Experience or knowledge of coastal erosion risks and adaptation techniques will be considered an asset
  • Education or experience in environmental science
  • Knowledge of climate change and adaptation techniques will be considered an asset
  • Prior tertiary level course work or climate related training will be considered an asset
  • Strong organizational and written skills
  • Experience with personal computers and a proficiency in the use of word processing & spreadsheets
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently and take initiative where appropriate
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to write quickly, effectively, and concisely
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills and the ability to effectively lead or participate on teams in a multi-disciplinary environment  
  • Must be adaptable and flexible within a variety of situations

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

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