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Position: Program Manager: Parliamentary Internship for the Environment (Bilingual)
Organization: Environmental Leadership Canada
Location: Greater Ottawa Region (While Environmental Leadership Canada is fully virtual and day-to-day work can be completed virtually, proximity to Parliament Hill and interns for in-person meetings and programming is necessary.)

  • Compensation: $55,000 - $65,000 (depending on experience), $1,000 health/wellness benefit
  • Term/Hours: 37.5 hours /week with option for flexibility
  • Reports to: Executive Director

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to by June 26th, 11:59 pm (PT). Please indicate you saw this posting at

About Environmental Leadership Canada

Environmental Leadership Canada (ELC) is a Canadian registered charity with a mission to build the next generation of environmental leaders and boost the capacity of everyday Canadians who care about the environment to engage in our democracy. We envision a future where the health of our planet is a central force in Canadian politics at all levels.

We work toward this vision by building political engagement, knowledge, and leadership capacity among young environmental champions through programs like the Parliamentary Internship for the Environment and Municipal Climate Internship, and events like our annual FLIP (Future Leadership in Politics) Summit. We also run initiatives to boost the capacity of every day Canadians to engage in our democracy, through training, resources, and educational events (e.g. Every Day Advocates and Debates on the Environment). ELC operates in a cross-partisan manner as environmental leadership must transcend political affiliation for lasting environmental change. We do not lobby or take policy positions.

Position Overview

The Program Manager is responsible for the Parliamentary Internship for the Environment (PIE) program, including strategic program planning, intern recruitment, intern placements, managing relationships with MP offices, intern support, cohort and individual learning, professional development programming, alumni network engagement, and program evaluation. The Manager also supports program fundraising and events related to the program or interns.

We are looking for a candidate who is proactive, collaborative, strategic, pragmatic, empathetic, and non-partisan, and who would bring sound judgment, empathy, listening, people management, problem-solving skills, and creative ideas to the position.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for politics, the environment, and building the capacity of aspiring environmental leaders.

We recognize that no single candidate will hold all the skills and experiences that we seek. However, the successful candidate must be fully fluent in both official languages and able to complete the job in the National Capital Region. While Environmental Leadership Canada is fully virtual and day-to-day work can be completed virtually, proximity to Parliament Hill and interns for in-person meetings and programming is necessary.

Background on the Program

The PIE program was launched in 2018 by GreenPAC, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that helped to launch ELC and transferred several charitable programs over to ELC’s leadership. The program was founded to equip the next generation of environmental leaders with the political know-how, skills, and experience needed to drive change. The program also provides a capacity boost across parties for environmental work on Parliament Hill.

Entering its seventh year, the program attracts hundreds of outstanding applicants from across the country and has placed 38 interns on Parliament Hill, including in the offices of Ministers, Senators, and party leaders. In addition to elevating the political know-how of environmental advocates, building long-term environmental literacy in political offices, and helping to make sure the environment is a nonpartisan issue, the program has also fast-tracked youth into careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors and as political staffers. Several alumni have run for office and our alumni network now includes a city councilor and several senior political and policy staffers across federal, municipal, provincial and Indigenous governments.

As a nonpartisan program, our host Parliamentarians come from across the political spectrum, with each cohort including placements across parties and, more recently, in the Senate. Interns gain an in-depth understanding of federal politics and the policymaking process through personal work plans that focus on the environment and interns’ personal learning goals. Outside the office, they take part in a robust suite of training sessions, workshops, conversations with leaders from across sectors, and professional development opportunities. The program prioritizes learning and leadership in anti-racism, Reconciliation and active allyship.


Intern Recruitment, Placements (20%)

  • Plan annual recruitment of interns for the upcoming program year, adapting based on lessons learned and evolving program goals
  • Lead recruitment outreach, including identifying and pursuing new and strategic avenues for recruitment, particularly amongst communities underrepresented on Parliament Hill and in the environmental sector
  • Lead interview and intern selection process, with support from Executive Director and Program Coordinator
  • Identify “best fit” matches for interns (e.g. considering intern needs, goals, etc.) and arrange placements with MP offices, with support from the Executive Director
  • Arrange and approve intern work plans that ensure a minimum depth and breadth of meaningful political and environmental experiences for interns, and establish expectations around intern roles with partner offices
  • Build relationships with MP partner offices, including pursuing new leads for future program years, and holding regular check-ins with MP office staff
  • Identify solutions to emerging issues, with support from the Executive Director

Intern Programming (30%)

  • Plan and arrange orientation, life skills and workplace readiness training
  • Plan, coordinate and develop PIE’s cohort learning curriculum (which may vary annually), as well as support interns’ individualized learning objectives, including:
    • Intersectional learning (i.e. building a holistic understanding of how political, environmental, social and economic issues intersect)
    • Anti-racism and active allyship
    • Environmental, leadership and professional development programming
    • Intern-led learning components
    • Network building opportunities
  • Ensure the curriculum meets the learning goals of PIE’s specialized Indigenous and Sustainable Agriculture streams
  • Plan and arrange inter-jurisdictional learning and travel to meet with provincial and/or municipal stakeholders, public servants, and Legislators
  • With other ELC team members, help plan and support PIE’s annual FLIP (Future Leaders in Politics) programming and/or other opportunities to feature the interns in public programming

Alumni engagement (5%)

  • Develop and execute annual strategy and tactics to build connectivity and value of PIE alumni network (e.g. event and training participation, networking opportunities)
  • Engage alumni (individually and as a network) to support program goals (e.g. new cohort orientation, ELC events focused on/featuring alumni)

Program Management, HR & Administration (35%)

  • With support from the Program Coordinator, act as primary liaison with interns (e.g. check-ins, issues support, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
  • Develop tactics and case-by-case strategies to respond to arising HR issues, together with the Executive Director
  • Plan and oversee the Program Coordinator’s workplan and deliverables related to the program
  • Plan and manage annual program budget, together with Executive Director
  • Develop and revise program policies and procedures as required, together with Executive Director
  • Support program fundraising efforts, including grant-writing and reporting to funders
  • Collaborate with other team members on program-relevant initiatives, as assigned/as they arise (e.g. communications, events)

Program Strategy & Evaluation (10%)

  • Track and evaluate the program’s theory of change, outcomes and impact (using results-based management and accountability methodology)
  • Develop strategies, tactics and partnerships to shape the evolution and strengthen the program’s specialized Indigenous and Sustainable Agriculture streams
  • Conduct regular check-ins with interns and periodic check-ins with office partners; lead annual evaluation (including exit interviews and surveys with interns, their supervisors, and MP partners)
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen experience and program connections for interns, alumni, and Parliamentarians
  • Report back to funders and Board of Directors on program results, learnings, and recommended changes, together with the Executive Director
  • Identify and pursue strategic partnerships in support of program goals (e.g. other internship programs, and organizations with similar objectives)

Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience managing (i.e., including coaching, mentorship) and supporting people (e.g. teams, volunteers, students) using a relations-first approach and prioritizing wellbeing
  • Experience working with youth, particularly youth from Indigenous and racialized communities and persons with disabilities
  • Experience implementing anti-oppressive, anti-harm, equity-centered policies and approaches (e.g. brave spaces, building active allyship) and comfortably navigating conversations around anti-racism and colonialism
  • Experience overseeing capacity building (e.g. building training and learning plans) and creating/engaging networks is an asset
  • Experience and passion for politics, the environment, and youth leadership
  • Familiarity with Parliament as a workplace and knowledge of Canadian politics is an asset
  • Experience with fundraising strategies, particularly grantwriting, and donor communications
  • Creative and strategic thinker, flexibility to adapt to shifting program strategies and tactics and arising challenges and opportunities
  • Experience with program planning, management, and evaluation is an asset
  • Strong judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated
  • Professionally non-partisan (i.e. not a recent candidate for office, no recent public-facing/lead roles with an elected official or political party)
  • Fluency or bilingualism (French/English), to interact with MPs, and political staff and to support bilingual office placements is required

Additional Information

ELC is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from equity-deserving communities, including BIPOC, 2(S)LGBTQIIA+, and individuals with disabilities. If required, ELC will collaborate with applicants to provide accommodations during meetings and board functions. Our commitment extends to making all positions accessible, welcoming, and inclusive for every team member.

As part of our ongoing efforts, ELC is actively working to ensure that every facet of our organization, including the team, board, advisors, and committees, reflects the diversity of the Canadian population. ELC is unwavering in its commitment to ensure that our work actively contributes to dismantling systemic racism and oppression within the systems of government and legislatures where our focus lies. These structures have played a role in enabling the environmental harm that we are dedicated to repairing. By addressing these issues at their root, we aim to foster positive change and contribute to a more equitable and just society.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 7 2024    ID: 71374