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Positions: Sustainability Interns
Organizations: Various Environmental Non-profit Organizations
Location(s): Ottawa & Kingston, Ontario (current in-person positions available)

Time Commitment: 30 hours/week for a minimum of 13-26 weeks.

Start Date: Summer 2022
Eligibility: age 30 & under (see below)

Are you a recent graduate looking to gain some work experience in the nonprofit sector? Do you have a passion for the environment? Are you excited about the idea of helping to build the capacity of other ENGOs across Canada?! Get first-hand experience working for a grassroots environmental nonprofit organization, make valuable connections and refine your skills through our training and mentorship included with this position. 


Eco-Internships is a social enterprise designed to help small-shop environmental non-profit organizations (ENGOs) with human resources and staffing needs. One of the ways we support ENGOs across Canada is by connecting non-profits to funding opportunities to hire youth interns through wage subsidy grants and other funding. The 2022 goal of the program is to hire up to 100 youth interns at environmental organizations in pairs of two. This means there will be up to 50 organizations, each with two interns. These interns will be matched with an Intern Mentor and in some cases also an Eco-Internships Manager. It includes mandatory training and ongoing mentorship as part of the internship experience. Resumes submitted through this application pool will be initially reviewed by our team here at Eco-Internships and then distributed to various organizations participating in this program.


The Sustainability Intern will work under the guidance of a Manager and/or Board of Directors. They will also work with a Mentor from another environmental group to help guide them in their role. The Sustainability Intern will develop programs, help fundraise, lead communications and social media, support partnerships, and participate in networking opportunities. The sustainability Intern will take part in a mandatory 3-week intensive training program in July as part of their role.


The Sustainability Intern will be paid $20/hour for 30 hours/week for the internship.


The possible Sustainability Intern duties are as follows (but not limited to):

  • Coordinate communications through social media, website updates, and other communication strategies.
  • Assist with fundraising for the organization
  • Event Management & Planning
  • General outreach and stakeholder engagement for the organization
  • Participate in monthly NCENN meetings and support content when applicable.
  • Support the preparation of reports including key materials and photos.
  • Potential Field Work
  • Digital Communications & Video Editing
  • Attend the Intern Training Program and invest in learning and professional development through this program
  • Work with an Intern Mentor to support the role


  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental issues
  • Experience with environmental non-profit organizations preferred
  • Proven capacity to communicate with and work effectively with others
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment and support
  • Experience with publicity, marketing, and event management
  • Proven capacity to work in a self-directed manner, provide leadership to, and collaborate with others in a team situation
  • Ability to organize a high volume of work, prioritize, and effectively handle spontaneous demands
  • Must be a creative, energetic, flexible, motivated, and detail-oriented professional
  • Meet the requirements of qualified interns as established by the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (see below)


  • Post Secondary Graduate (CAN NOT BE A CURRENT FULL-TIME STUDENT)
  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*.
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months.
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program.
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer).

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.



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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 17 2022    ID: 63353