Summer Student - Climate Adaptation



Competition # : 41706 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 25-Feb-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change (ECC) has a mandate to protect the environment, and human health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership, and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations, standards, policies, and guidance for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. We also coordinate the delivery of provincial targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, transition to clean electricity and helping Nova Scotia prepare for the impacts of climate change.  We have more than 250 employees working from offices throughout Nova Scotia.

The Climate Adaptation Team supports provincial departments, industry stakeholders and communities to prepare for climate change. We help our partners to identify and understand current and future risks and impacts of climate change on their operations, sector, stakeholders, and goals, as well as implications for communities, landscapes, ecosystems, and infrastructure. We also help coordinate large multi-stakeholder climate adaptation capacity building initiatives inside and outside of government. 


About Our Opportunity

Working under the direction of one of our climate adaptation senior policy analysts, you will support the Research and Knowledge Mobilization Team to implement our programs and projects related to strengthening our understanding of climate change risk and adaptation in the province. This includes, but is not limited, to conducting targeted background research and literature reviews and assisting with various climate change research projects. Opportunities will be available to work with or enhance geospatial (i.e., GIS) datasets, depending on project needs and the successful applicant’s skillset. 

About You

To be eligible for this position, you must currently be enrolled full-time in an Environmental Sciences or Studies, Planning, Policy, or other relevant post-secondary concentration and returning to school in the Fall of 2024. Knowledge of the provincial climate change risk assessment and/or adaptation approaches is considered an asset, as is familiarity with equity in relation to climate change impacts. 

In addition to the above, the below will be key for success within the position:
•    Demonstrated experience conducting high quality literature reviews 
•    Strong critical and creative thinking skills
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Power Point)
•    Highly organized and motivated
•    Ability to work in a team environment and willingness to share ideas with colleagues

Experience with GIS software and data management is considered an asset (e.g., ArcGIS Pro, QGIS). 


Additional Information

Please note, this is a student position with an end date of August 30, 2024. 



Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $19.13 - $28.26 Hourly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to