Environmental Sector

0 - General Pool: Sustainability Internship

Work Type: Internship


Sustainability Intern - General Pool


Position: Candidate for Sustainability Internship

Organization: Various Canadian Environmental Nonprofit Organizations

Location: Canada. The position may be remote or in-person, to be determined by the hiring organization. 

Time Commitment: 30 hours/week for a minimum of 13-26 weeks.

Start Date: Summer 2023


Eco-Internships is a social enterprise designed to help small-shop environmental non-profit organizations (ENGOs) with human resources and staffing needs. One of the ways we support ENGOs across Canada is by connecting non-profits to funding opportunities to hire youth interns through wage subsidy grants and other funding. As part of our arrangement with hiring organizations, employers who partner with Eco-Internships also agree to support interns’ participation in our Intern Training Program to learn fundamental skills for ENGO administration and network with other interns in the ENGO community. 


Mandatory training and ongoing mentorship are key parts of the internship experience. Participants in the program will be matched with designated Intern Mentors—and sometimes with an Eco-Internships Manager—to ensure that interns have the support they need to begin their careers in the ENGO sector.


Resumes submitted through this application pool will be initially reviewed by our team at Eco-Internships and considered for a first-round interview with the Eco-Internships hiring team. Resumes for selected candidates will later be distributed to various organizations participating in this program, who will then have an opportunity to schedule a second round of interviews with candidates. A candidate who is selected for an internship with an organization will receive an offer letter after the organization has completed its second-round interviews. 


We especially thank our partners at the Sustainable Eastern Ontario Network, the Canadian Environmental Network, and the collective organizations of Sustainable Capacity Solutions for all their assistance in successfully executing this program.  To learn more about Eco-Internships, check out this video: "What is Eco-Internships?"

Eco-Internships is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and is committed to supporting an inclusive and diverse workplaces that is defined by mutual respect and collaboration. Employment opportunities are therefore available to all participants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The Sustainability Intern will work under the guidance of a Manager and/or Board of Directors. They will also work with an assigned Mentor from another environmental group to help guide them in their role. The Sustainability Intern will develop programs, help fundraise, lead communications and social media, support partnerships, and participate in networking opportunities. The sustainability Intern will participate in a mandatory nonprofit internship training program provided by the Capacity Building Institute as part of their role.



The Sustainability Intern will be paid $20/hour for 30 hours/per week during the internship. 



The possible Sustainability Intern duties are as follows (but not limited to):

    • Coordinate communications through social media, website updates, and other communication  strategies.

    • Assist with fundraising for the organization

    • Event management & planning

    • General outreach and stakeholder engagement for the organization

    • Participate in monthly NCENN meetings and support content when applicable.

    • Support the preparation of reports including key materials and photos.

    • Potential fieldwork

    • Digital communications

    • Attend the Intern Training Program and invest in learning and professional development through this program

    • Work with an Intern Mentor to support the role

   • Committed to sustainability
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental issues
  • Experience with environmental non-profit organizations preferred
  • Proven capacity to communicate with and work effectively with others
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment and support
  • Experience with publicity, marketing, and event management
  • Proven capacity to work in a self-directed manner, provide leadership to, and collaborate with others in a team situation
  • Ability to organize a high volume of work, prioritize, and effectively handle spontaneous demands
  • Must be a creative, energetic, flexible, motivated, and detail-oriented professional
  • Meet the requirements of qualified interns as established by the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (see below)

  • Post Secondary Graduate
  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*.
  • Available to work for six months.
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.


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