The Climate Change Outreach Specialist (Specialist) is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Senior Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation and Outreach (Senior Advisor). The Specialist coordinates outreach planning, development, delivery, tracking, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of initiatives to improve awareness and access to resources and tools to enable actions to transition NWT to a lower carbon economy that uses less fossil fuel and builds resilience and undertakes adaptation actions to address current and anticipated climate impacts.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) works to promote and support the sustainable use and development of natural resources to protect, conserve and enhance the environment for the social and economic benefit of all Northwest Territories (NWT) residents.
The Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Division (Division) coordinates climate change action in the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), leads the implementation of the government’s Knowledge Agenda, coordinates ENR’s input into environmental assessment and regulatory processes, and fulfills ENR’s regulatory obligation to monitor air quality and cumulative environmental impacts. The Division also works to protect and conserve land and water to support ecosystems and species diversity in the NWT.
The Specialist ensures that climate change outreach initiatives support a cohesive territorial approach to meet GNWT climate change goals and objectives.
The Specialist works within a legislative and policy framework that includes: The ENR Strategic Plan, the 2030 Northwest Territories Climate Change Strategic Framework (CCSF) and its 2019-2013 Action Plan (Action Plan). The CCSF is linked to the 2030 Energy Strategy, which is the primary policy mechanism that the GNWT will utilize to decrease the NWT’s dependency on fossil fuels, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The Specialist coordinates the development, implementation and evaluation of the GNWT Climate Change Outreach Plan, and outreach actions undertaken with or by internal (e.g. GNWT departments and ENR divisions) and by enabling and supporting external partners and stakeholders (e.g. Indigenous, governments and organizations, communities, youth, elders, industry, environmental and non-government organizations, academia). This includes a focus on outreach capacity building and the development and oversight of funding programs and projects.
The Specialist coordinates the dissemination of climate change information, including audience accessible information arising from risk assessments, hazard mapping, research, and analysis. The Specialist coordinates, develops and monitors projects, programs, and actions that create tools, resources, training, workshops, curriculum updates, social media and media campaigns that support and enable climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.
The Specialist develops, delivers, enables, and evaluates priority outreach initiatives by clarifying desired outcomes, target audiences, issues, needs, barriers, and practical and effective outreach approaches that enable effective climate change adaptation and mitigation outcomes.
GNWT approaches to climate change outreach initiatives are subject to public scrutiny and comments from other parties and are frequently of significant political interest. The Specialist supports ENR by providing decision-makers with the information required to make sound decisions. This includes briefing Senior Management, the Minister, Ministerial Committees, Standing Committees and Executive Council on climate change. The Advisor provides advice on GNWT interests in pan-territorial, national and international forums on climate change adaptation, while working closely with IGOs, local governments and other partners.
The incumbent represents the GNWT in, intergovernmental, industry and public forums, ensuring alignment with national objectives, while recognizing local issues. The Specialist will maintain awareness of trends and best practices for education and outreach planning and delivery.
The Specialist works with individuals, all levels of government and internal and external partners and stakeholders and on multi-disciplined project teams to support climate change outreach.
The Specialist works collaboratively with colleagues within ENR divisions, particularly Forestry Management, Wildlife and Fish, Water Management and Monitoring, On the Land Unit, and Policy, Legislation and Communications to support internal and external outreach initiatives. The Specialist also works with and supports GNWT Departments, particularly Municipal and Community Affairs, Infrastructure, Industry, Tourism and Investment, Health and Social Services, Education, Culture and Employment to inform outreach priorities and support and align implementation. The Specialist also works with and supports Indigenous Governments and organizations, community governments, Federal Government Departments, academics, non-governments organizations, such as the NWT Association of Communities, and NWT Climate Change Council, panels, and groups.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Senior Advisor.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
An undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline (social sciences, environmental sciences (chemistry, biology, or general environmental studies), communications or education with at least three years of relevant outreach work experience.
Experience with climate change adaptation and mitigation
Environmental education or outreach experience
Relevant experience with GNWT, NWT community governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, non-government organizations and industry is an asset.
Project Management Professional certifications or training
This job opening is for a 2 Year Term.
Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.
Criminal Records Check
Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.
Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.
Transfer Assignments may be considered.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
Job Opening Information
Job Opening ID # 20180
Closing Date: June 2, 2021 – 23:59, Mountain Time
The salary range for this position is from $43.51 per hour to $51.98 per hour (approximately $84,845- $101,361.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
YELLOWKNIFE CENTRE 5TH FLOOR
BOX 1320 YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 2L9
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445