Associate Specialist, Renewable Energy,, f/t, WWF-Canada, Toronto, Ontario
Date posted to RCEN & GoodWork: Mar 14 2017


Position: Associate Specialist, Renewable Energy
Type: full-time contract position
Organization: WWF-Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

About WWF’s Arctic Program

WWF-Canada is a science-based, solutions-oriented, collaborative organization working to secure a future in which ecosystems are healthy and species thrive. Our programs focus on the areas of fresh water, oceans and the Arctic.

WWF-Canada’s interest in the Arctic stems from having the opportunity to “get it right” in an environment that is less developed, where people still engage in a sustainable and symbiotic relationship with animals and the land. It is important that our conservation efforts help safeguard these relationships and that, where possible, conservation efforts support social and economic development for northern communities.

As the international level, WWF has a presence in each of the Arctic coastal nations, and is an official observer at the Arctic Council. WWF has supported Arctic conservation efforts for decades and has experts based globally and in Canada with specializations in marine conservation, arctic species, shipping, and responsible development amongst others. Since 2010, WWF-Canada’s arctic program has maintained an office in Iqaluit, NU and Inuvik, NWT to support its conservation efforts in the Canadian arctic, with staff also based in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario.

Position Description

WWF-Canada is committed to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 or before. Diesel fuel is the primary energy source for Arctic communities in Canada – a dependency that has negative environmental impacts, high logistical and financial costs, negatively impacts and hinders the self-sufficiency of northern communities. Conservation and energy efficiency initiatives are already underway in the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut, making it more feasible for renewable energy to meet energy demand. Over the next three years, WWF-Canada will work to demonstrate that low-impact renewable energy, such as wind and solar, is possible and can contribute to sustainability in northern Canadian communities and a cleaner Arctic environment for species and people.

The Associate Specialist, Renewable Energy will drive progress towards meeting WWF-Canada’s multiple objectives for habitat-friendly renewable energy deployment in the Canadian Arctic including community engagement, renewable energy project financing and ownership model options, as well project management of the initial stages of two to three on-the-ground renewable energy deployment projects with several arctic communities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Report and proposal writing for established and potential project funders
  • Logistic and administrative support related to organizing community consultation events, renewable energy focused conferences, and workshops, etc.
  • Creation of briefing notes related to a variety of renewable energy issues as required
  • Act as point person/community liaison for hamlets identified as a focus for renewable energy deployment
  • Prepare presentations related to renewable energy for senior staff members and on occasion deliver presentations related to renewable energy to external audiences
  • Proactively monitor renewable energy news and developments
  • Provide advice to all members of the renewables team based on research and science

What We Are Looking For:

  • University degree in Environmental Studies, Science, or a suitable alternative, combined with at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • Sound knowledge of principles and practice relating to project/program management
  • Strong written and verbal communication and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse partners
  • Knowledge of conservation issues across Canada and specifically in the Arctic
  • Experience working within the renewable energy sector and/or experience working in the arctic would be considered an asset.
  • Experience working with indigenous communities would be considered an asset

Other information:

This is a full-time contract position based out of WWF’s Toronto office that may require some national travel.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, you can click here to apply online.


You can submit your application via direct mail to:
Attn: Human Resources Department
245 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 410
Toronto, ON  M4P 3J1

If you are submitting an application via direct mail, please include your answers to the following questions:

  1. Apart from its mission, what makes WWF-Canada an employer of choice for you?
  2. Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  3. This role is based out of our Toronto office. Is there anything that would prevent you from working out of our Toronto location
  4. What are your annual salary expectations?
  5. How flexible are you salary expectations?
  6. When would you be available to start?
  7. Where did you see this job posting?

Deadline to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please submit your application on or before March 29 2017.

Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

WWF-Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples.

WWF-Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Representative in a timely fashion of any accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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