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Sustainability Indigenous Summer Student, Campus Programs, Indigenous Summer Student Program, Office of Sustainability

Job ID: 22611

Updated: April 7, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Office of Sustainability and the Indigenous Summer Student Program invites applications for a Sustainability Indigenous Summer Student, Campus Programs. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 4 months. 

 The University of Calgary plays a key role in the Calgary community as it is a hub of curious inquisitive and civic-minded students, faculty and staff.  Our campus community is foundational to fostering an environment that is respectful and inclusive of Indigenous peoples as demonstrated by the development of ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy. ii’ taa’poh’to’p  is a commitment to deep evolutionary transformation by reimagining ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being. Walking parallel paths together, "in a good way," UCalgary is moving toward genuine reconciliation and Indigenization.

The Indigenous Summer Student Program is an opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students to contribute to our Indigenization, while also gaining valuable work experience. This program is in partnership with Community Futures Treaty 7 and the Rupertsland Institute.

As per funding rules, currently this position is only available to First Nation treaty-status or Métis students.

The Sustainability Summer Student position is an exciting opportunity for an Indigenous student to gain experience engaging stakeholders about sustainability and help students, faculty and staff make lasting impacts on campus. The Sustainability Summer Student is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of programs that build awareness of and participation in campus community sustainability initiatives. The person in this role will help embed sustainability into day-to-day actions and decision-making and develop core competencies for leadership in sustainability for students, staff and faculty.  

The University of Calgary's Office of Sustainability (OS) helps the university:

  • Develop sustainability initiatives related to the planning, development, and operation of the university;
  • Build participation in sustainability stewardship and community engagement;
  • Advance the understanding of sustainability in teaching and research.
  • The office is the steward of the Institutional Sustainability Strategy and works with various groups on campus to address sustainability and to support the university's institutional commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability.

Hours of work: 8:30 -4:30pm (35 hours/week) This role maintains a steady workflow from June - August and may require the ability to manage competing demands and varying levels of complexity throughout this period. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Support the coordination of the Office of Sustainability's Engagement programs (60%):

  • Engage with students, staff and faculty members at targeted outreach events such as Campus Community Garden Events and Annual Pollinator Week Celebration
  • Assist with planning and coordinating groups and plot holder activities in the Campus Community Garden
  • Support ongoing coordination of the Sustainable Events Certification programs
  • Organize volunteer meetings, socials and recognition events for students, staff and faculty (virtual or in the community garden)

Support the operations of the Sustainability Resource Centre (SRC) (may be in person or virtual) (20%):

  • Answer questions, email inquiries and support resource centre visitors
  • Develop and implement engaging content on UCalgary Sustainability social media channels that reflect the Office of Sustainability's Engagement initiatives
  • Work with volunteers and campus groups/clubs to design and implement creative sustainability programming for the space

Special Projects with Office of Sustainability Staff & Students (20%):

  • Assist OS staff in coordinating collaborative events such as Green Building Tours, Campus Community Garden Eventsand other programs
  • Assist OS staff with development of engagement materials for all events/programs
  • Assist in conducting research and evaluations to inform program development
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned
  • Flexible work hours (evenings and weekends) may be required on occasion

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must be First Nation treaty-status or Métis status
  • Must be returning to full-time post-secondary studies in Fall 2021
  • Strong interest in and understanding of sustainability
  • Familiarity with sustainability-related clubs, departments and programs at UCalgary
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship or engagement experience, preferably within a volunteer/university context
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, the ability to take initiative, resourcefulness and creativity
  • Strong engagement and interpersonal skills; confidence to engage with peers in a public setting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, research and editing skills
  • Ability to negotiate multiple priorities and manage time effectively to meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational and project planning skills
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in teams
  • Ability to learn new software programs as required
  • Experience in digital media and/or social media content development/marketing is an asset
  • Experience planning events is an asset
  • Experience in customer service is an asset

Application Deadline:  April 21, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Operational/AdministrativeJob Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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