Clean Energy Jobs, Training & Education

As a founding member of the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario, Ecology Ottawa is helping people in Eastern Ontario have an increased ability to access training, mentorships and the good green-collar job opportunities being provided by the clean energy economy.

Please find information below on the following subjects:

1. Green Job Postings (on-line)
2. Job and Career Centres
3. Apprenticeships and Mentorships
4. Training Opportunities
5. Education Opportunities

It is hoped that this information will result in individuals and employers being better suited to meet the growing demand for green services and green jobs. Should you have information about other opportunities in Eastern Ontario that are not included in the lists below, please forward them to:

1. Green Job Postings (on-line)

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) – The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. CaGBC member companies and organizations who are currently hiring may submit their job postings to this forum.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) – The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance is the independent advocate for energy efficiency in Canada. They work with governments and stakeholders to ensure energy efficiency is a priority for all sectors of the economy. Their website contains a job board with related jobs across Canada.

CanSIA – The Canadian Solar Industries Association is a national trade association that represents approximately 650 solar energy companies throughout Canada. Its job board lists opportunities within the solar energy industry.

CanWEA – The Canadian Wind Energy Association is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its members. Its website lists opportunities within the wind energy sector. – Job listings for the not-for-profit sector, including environmental NGOs.

ECO Canada – Contains a job board, wage-subsidy internship programs, occupational profiles, a guide to environmental university/college programs, scholarships/awards, and many other resources. – Limited job board (but growing).

Good Work Canada – Job listings from environmental organizations, green business, not-for-profits, education, and government.

Green Ottawa – A broad, cross-sectoral gateway to everything “green” in Ottawa-Gatineau and the National Capital Region. The site includes job listings. – Includes non-profit job listings.

Stop Dodo! – Portal for environmental jobs, in Canada, as well as the rest of the world. – This environmental job website includes information for job seekers looking for entry level to senior level career-track jobs and internships.

Ontario Environment Network – Environmental Directory – Ottawa – The OEN maintains a database of Ontario environmental groups and posts job opportunities in the environmental field in Ontario

Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) – The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) facilitates cooperation and networking among non-profit, non-governmental environmental organisations across Canada and internationally. Since 1977, we have been enabling and enhancing our members’ work of protecting, conserving, restoring and promoting a clean, healthy, sustainable environment.

Conservation Ontario  – Job postings with Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities – Conservation Ontario is made up of a network of 36 Conservation Authorities, community-based watershed management agencies dedicated to conserving, restoring and managing Ontario’s natural resources on a watershed basis.

Ontario Internship Program – The Ontario Internship Program invests in committed, talented graduates seeking a great opportunity to start and accelerate their careers. It`s a paid, two-year developmental opportunity to grow top talent while delivering important public services to the people of Ontario – Applications for the 2015 Ontario Internship Program will be available online as of January 5, 2015 – Applications will be accepted from January 5 until January 21, 2015 before 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.

Summer Job Opportunities with the Ontario Public Service –Including Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Parks, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Job ads for 2015 Summer Employment Opportunities will be posted in two distinct timeframes:

Posting Period 1: Friday, February 13 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Posting Period 2: Friday, March 20 – Sunday, April 5, 2015

Internships and Co-op’s with the Ontario Public Service – Internships and co-op opportunities across many departments such as the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Parks, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Geography Jobs Canada – Jobs in the environmental field in Canada – Your home for green jobs: renewable and clean energy jobs (solar, wind jobs), green building jobs, organic jobs, and all environmental and sustainable (International)

Environment Canada Science Horizons Youth Internship – Environment Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship Program responds to the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) which the Government of Canada has been operating since 1997. The program aims to give recent post-secondary graduates opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and experience which will prepare them for sustainable employment in the field of environmental science.

Science and Technology Internship Program – Natural Resources Canada – The Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) provides an opportunity to recent graduates in natural science and engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.

2. Job and Career Centres

Employment Resource Centres in Eastern Ontario

Ecology Ottawa has compiled this information on behalf of the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario, which is encouraging the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. It is hoped the information contained in this document will help job seekers connect with those who have jobs to offer, and that Eastern Ontario will become a leader in driving demand for the goods and services that create jobs in the emerging clean energy economy.

3. Apprenticeships and Mentorships

Building Greener Futures Together (BGFT) works to improve access to jobs in “green” residential renovations and retrofits for youth facing labour market barriers. In addition to providing essential employment supports, such as training opportunities and work placements, BGFT is actively developing the job market in order to maximize opportunities for new workers.

BGFT is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, the City of Ottawa several local home renovators and not-for-profit organizations. Learn more here.

Eco-mentors are environmental youth leaders between the ages of 15 and 24 years old who want to raise awareness and promote positive change in support of a healthier environment. They engage friends, peers and family, and take a leadership role in environmental education. Participants become certified EcoMentors. Training options include in-person training sessions, self-training, or training through a partner organization. Learn more here.

4. Training Opportunities

The Kortright Centre for Conservation is Ontario’s premier environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration centre. The centre offers over 50 environmental education programs for schools and 30 sustainable technology workshops for the public, trades and professionals. Options include Professional Training, Installation Workshops, Technology Workshops, and Introductory Seminars. Learn more here.

The Windfall Ecology Centre’s REpower Ontario initiative orients, trains, and connects eager participants with employment and self-employment opportunities and possibilities in the new green economy. This program empowers participants to recognize existing aptitudes and passions while identifying how to transition those skills to build a career within the green economy. Through unique learning activities and methodologies, REpower Ontario integrates the areas of renewable energy, water, social innovation and community development. It provides the opportunity for creative personal planning for a green career. Financial assistance is available to eligible applicants to attend the REpower Ontario course. Learn more here.

Government of Ontario online links to Employment and Training Opportunities – Information for job seekers and businesses. Includes programs and resources to help you plan your career, get training, find a job, or hire workers for your business.

CIFAL Findhorn – Sustainable Energy Training Course (Scotland)

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association – List of training and education opportunities in the Ontario sustainable energy sector

5. Education Opportunities

Education Opportunities for Individuals Seeking Green Collar Jobs

This list of education opportunities is for individuals seeking green collar jobs. The programs listed are related to green building techniques, or how they integrate green energy into traditional disciplines. Programs fully focused on green energy are also included. University and college programs as well as courses/programs offered by other institutions/organizations are included.

5. Additional Resources 

Green Collar Careers – This initiative is a pilot program in partnership with the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative and the Toronto District School Board. The website includes information for job seekers, students, teachers and industry partners.

Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP) Ottawa – Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP) Canada is a national organization of local chapters dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging and established environmental and sustainability professionals.

Green Drinks Ottawa – Green Drinks is an open invitation to anyone studying, working on, or just interested in all things environmental. Come and join us for interesting, and inspiring conversation. We’re an informal, self-organizing network and meet on: the Second Thursday of every month at: The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill, 283 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Invest Ottawa, Clean Technologies – Business resource for clean energy technologies in and around the Ottawa region.

Clean Energy Canada – We work to accelerate Canada’s transition to a clean and renewable energy system. We build awareness of and support for solutions that address climate disruption and foster an energy efficient, environmentally responsible, and prosperous economy. We do so in collaboration with civil society, governments, and the private sector.

We are very grateful that the work of the Community Energy Network is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Ontario Trillium Foundation