Energy & Climate Action Assistant

Energy & Climate Action Assistant

Internal Employment OpportunitiesEnergy & Climate Action Assistant

Energy & Climate Action Assistant


September 27, 2021

North Vancouver

Public Works

* This is a temporary position (6 months), 21 hours a week, with possibility of extension and to become full-time. *

 Who we are:

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation People currently reside on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC. Since time immemorial we have occupied Village sites all around səl̓ilẃət, also known as Burrard Inlet. This is how we have come to be the People of the Inlet.  Revitalization is important at Tsleil-Waututh, where you will see our language, culture, and stewardship of the lands and waters returned to our people and we are once again prospering the same way our Ancestors had for so many years. We are one of the most progressive Nations in North America because we have deep cultural and spiritual roots, as well as a great affinity for the land and water. This is reflected in our work and interaction with the world at large. Working with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a unique opportunity as you will experience the wealth of Culture and strength of business practices.

 Job Summary:

The role of the Energy & Climate Action Assistant will be to work with the Public Works team and the Climate Action & Sustainability Manager to support implementation, monitoring and reporting on progress towards achieving Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s climate action, energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions plans and targets. This position also involves engagement with the TWN community, other departments and building relationships with other First Nations and governments.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Energy & Climate Action Assistant will provide administrative and technical support for the following:

  • Development, communications and implementation of the TWN Community Energy Plan.
  • Implementation of TWN’s green building and energy efficiency objectives and policies in the TWN Land Use Plan Bylaw and Comprehensive Community Plan.
  • Communications, reviews and updates to the TWN climate change action and sustainability projects and reporting on meeting summary notes.
  • Planning, reporting and implementation of building energy retrofits, green energy infrastructure, and electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Gathering and collating data on TWNs renewable energy systems, community-wide energy production, consumption and GHG emissions reduction.
  • Communication and administration support for local community and household low carbon and energy efficiency updates, retrofits, waste reduction and sustainable transportation strategies.
  • Attending energy management meetings, workshops and participate in training to grow skills and capacity.
  • Supporting TWN community engagement to learn from community knowledge, and to inspire action towards achieving community energy conservation and GHG reduction targets.
  • Helping to organize events and to build education and local experience with energy efficiency, renewable energy, low carbon resilient opportunities.
  • Supporting development of grant applications to advance TWNs climate action and energy goals.
  • Connecting with First Nations and other external contacts to learn from and share information about energy efficiency, GHG reduction and climate action opportunities.
  • Other duties, as may be assigned, that are appropriate for this position.


  • High school graduation with a minimum of 2 years of related work experience (e.g. climate action, energy management, sustainability, urban planning, natural resources management).
  • Basic knowledge of and experience with climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and climate action best practices.
  • Basic knowledge of and experience with greenhouse gas emissions, low carbon opportunities, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green building strategies.
  • Understanding of the current and historical culture of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coast Salish peoples.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or organization is preferred.
  • Must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.

 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Self-starter who is comfortable working in the office as well as remotely, and supporting a distributed team.
  • Good organizational, problem solving and analytical skills, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects or assignments, and consult with the supervisor as needed.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with computers, online meetings, Internet research and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and cooperation in adapting to changing work plan priorities.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and engage with the community in a culturally-appropriate manner.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and to manage work plan to meet given deadlines.
  • Demonstrated patience, understanding, willingness to share information, and openness to learning and training opportunities.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of BC indigenous cultures, and ability to work in a dynamic cross-cultural setting.
  • Strong personal interest in climate action/energy conservation and community sustainability.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Fast learner, enthusiastic and not afraid to ask questions.

 Work Conditions:

Physical demands:

  • Significant desk work with long periods of manual dexterity activities (keyboard operations, filing)
  • Occasional field work in variable weather

Mental focus:

  • Must synthesize complex and diverse information
  • Must remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive, even when faced with hostility
  • Attention to detail with strong organizational skills
  • Adherence to established systems and processes
  • Ability to work under pressure

Working conditions:

  • Work independently in a business office environment and occasionally in the field
  • Adherence to timelines
  • Focus on client service
  • Dynamic environment with frequent interruptions
  • Responds quickly to reassignment of priorities
  • Highly sensitive legal, confidential and political issues and environment
  • Rapidly changing priorities, requiring innovation and resourcefulness
  • Occasional meetings outside normal office hours
  • Engagement with other departments, levels of government and First Nations

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We appreciate everyone’s interest in the role, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.