Community Energy Champion Trainee

Full time

Applications Close: May 30, 2024

The West Moberly First Nations is located 32 kms northwest of Chetwynd, BC, at the west end of Moberly Lake. The area is surrounded by lakes, rivers, and mountains. Our community values its mission which is to positively enhance the advancement of West Moberly First Nations’ ethics with respect, honesty, fairness, integrity, and self-motivation by promoting open communication with members, Chief & Council, and staff.

About the position
West Moberly First Nations has partnered the Fraser Basin Council who is administering the Energy Peers in Indigenous Communities (EPIC) Network grant to create an exciting career opportunity.

The Energy Peers in Indigenous Communities (EPIC) Network is a program to build capacity, knowledge and skills related to renewable energy in Indigenous on–grid communities in British Columbia (BC). On-grid is defined as those communities that are connected to the North American electrical grid.

The program provides capacity-building funds to Indigenous communities to hire an energy champion to advance their goals related to renewable energy projects.

Federal funding for this project is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program.

EPIC Program Goals:

  • To increase the capacity of Indigenous communities in BC to progress their community energy goals and to participate in the renewable energy sector.
  • To provide opportunities for Indigenous communities to increase their energy resilience and to realize their energy independence and sovereignty goals.
  • To empower Indigenous communities to take climate action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • To maximize the community social and economic benefits of clean energy initiatives.

The new Community Energy Champion will join a peer network of similar positions in up to eight grid connected First Nations communities to support and advance clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate adaptation projects within their community.

Within the position you will work on developing a community energy workplan and will help with the current energy projects that are in place. The position is new and will, to a certain degree, however duties will include planning, reporting, communication, and administration along with a portion of educational workshops and training.

Community Engagement

  • Develop new community energy workplans.
  • Develop and execute two annual work plans that include:
      • creating a CEP with load modeling and emissions analysis, executing community engagement events, and planning and coordinating energy and
      • climate action projects related to community priorities identified by WMFN and soon to be updated CEP.
  • Participate in training, professional development, and capacity building opportunities aimed at items such as clean and renewable energy project management, leadership, energy efficiency, funding resources, and community engagement.
  • Attend scheduled network sessions, in person and online, to share and transfer knowledge with other Indigenous communities.

Administration

  • Manage and deliver the completed project within a projected 2-year plan
  • Select and provide oversight of the Community Energy Champion deliverables.
  • Provide project and financial reporting to the Council, advising in a timely manner of any changes to the Project’s approved schedule, scope, budget, or deliverables (for approval by the Council); and
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in interviews, webinars, or conferences to share outcomes from the Project.

Project Management

  • The community point of contact for energy projects
  • Point person for correspondence and opportunities related to energy.
  • Prepare notices, invite guest speakers and provide materials for meetings and information sessions.
  • Coordinate community information sessions.
  • Help with action items set out in the community plan.
  • Review and report on progress of project.

Community Workplan

  • Develop and execute a workplan including the planning and coordination of energy and climate activities and deliverables associated with capacity building, clean energy, demand side management, adapting to climate change, and community engagement. Specific tasks may include:
      • Leading the development of a Community Energy Plan (CEP) and implementing the recommendations in the CEP.
      • Collaborate with internal departments to perform home energy efficiency upgrades.
      • Support the development of infrastructure to generate additional clean energy.
      • Work with our energy partner W Dusk Energy Group Inc. while receiving guidance from them as required.
      • Engage community members on the impacts of climate change and begin planning for community resiliency.
      • Work with the peer network, mentors, EPIC, and contractors to determine which community resiliency projects are best suited to the community.
      • Manage and executing projects, including:
        • Community Solar Phase I and future phases
        • Green Hydrogen
        • Clean Energy Research
        • Geothermal project
      • Develop communication materials and sharing information with the broader community.
      • Conduct community engagement, including surveys.
      • Present information to leadership for decision.

Meetings

  • Participate in group and individual training and capacity building opportunities aimed at items such as office skills, project management, leadership, renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and community engagement.
  • Attend peer network sessions to share and transfer knowledge with peer network from up to 8 First Nations communities.
  • Participate in monthly coaching with a trained coach to improve self and continuously build capacity to meet the job responsibilities of an Indigenous Energy Manager.
  • Attend an annual in-person gathering.

Deliverables

  • Within the year, the detailed work of the Community Energy Champion will be defined in a Workplan (June 2024 – March 2025). The completion of Annual Workplans is linked to payments on the project.
  • An updated CEP completed by the end of 2024.
  • Additional funding secured to support renewable energy planning, development, and implementation, based on West Moberly First Nations’ clean energy goals.
  • Substantial advancement of renewable energy project(s), to the extent possible, subject to the availability of funding.
  • Community engagement activities to inform and involve community members in these activities.

 

 

Requirements

Competencies and Skills

Education and Work Experience:

  • Post secondary education relating to business management, finance, and or environmental sustainability or
  • Work experience related to energy, sustainability, project management, etc.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • This is a hybrid position that will require time spent in the community.

Required Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication, and the ability to present and speak in public forms.
  • Must be able to handle a variety of work types (i.e. desk, field, public, team, independent).
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, adaptability.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Good sense of organization
  • Ability and willingness to learn on the job, through mentorship, and organized training courses.
  • Ability or interest to learn how to manage small and medium sized community projects.
  • Interest in clean energy, climate change, and community empowerment
  • Open to learning, making mistakes, working with a peer network, and mentors.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed.

How to Apply

How to Apply
Interested candidates can email their cover letter, along with a resume in a single word or PDF file, by no later than 4:30 pm May 30,2024 at jobs@westmo.org
Salary Range
$55,000 to $70,000 per year, based on experience and qualifications.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.