Adaptation Resilience Training

Finding work as a recent grad is challenging, let alone in your field of study.

With the Adaptation Resilience Training, now you can get a foot in the door to an impactful job, enabling you to focus on your career right out of school.

You’ll be placed in a full time, 8-month paid internship with an Alberta organization or municipality, including non-governmental organizations (NGO), non-profit organizations (NPO) and government agencies, working in water management, infrastructure, community planning or agriculture. 

“By helping to create a climate action plan for the Town of Okotoks, I think I made a huge impact. This plan sets out a clear goal to carbon neutrality and makes reaching this goal much more achievable.”
—Rosheen Tetzlaff, U Alberta ’20

Alberta faces uncertainty due to climate change impacts, but you can help strengthen your community to ensure our water, power, and food systems continue to thrive. With the internship you will:

  • Access in-depth learning on how climate change will impact Alberta
  • Learn about climate change risks, impacts, mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • Connect with a community of young professionals in your field
  • Gain work experience in a flexible, collaborative work environment
  • Contribute to research and planning for climate change disasters working with governmental and non-governmental agencies
  • Engage with diverse perspectives from across the province
“The stream leads were incredible mentors for us and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. My mentor was fantastic and put a lot of time aside to help me with any questions I had.”
—Mercedes Liddicoat, U Lethbridge ’20

Apply for the Adaptation Resilience Training today!

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Applicants must be recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates from an accredited Alberta post-secondary institution. Applicants must have a graduation date between May 2019–Dec. 2021. Most positions require a degree, but qualifications vary. Please consult each posting for specifics.

Successful applicants must demonstrate their interest in climate, sustainability or environmental issues, through their academic, personal or extracurricular activities.

General qualifications

Strong candidates will show:

  • Initiative and ability to succeed with moderate supervision
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Dependability working on multiple concurrent projects
  • Interest or experience conducting primary research
  • Comfort conducting literature, data and policy reviews

Some positions require additional qualifications, such as ability to do field work, process data, programming skills, etc. Please see each posting for details.

General job description

The project assistants will gain meaningful experience with climate change adaptation and related issues.

Positions are full time (up to 35 hours/week) for a period of 8 months. Project assistants must attend an orientation, check-in periodically with the Sustainability Council, and are responsible for writing a final report. Host organizations may also require attendance at an onboarding training.

In general, project assistants will have the opportunity to:

  • Research relevant information obtained through websites, articles, journals and interviews, as directed by their supervisors.
  • Assist in project tasks including data collection (entry, sorting and analysis) and preparing documents for distribution or review.
  • Conduct reporting tasks such as writing memoranda, summarizing discussions, generating graphs/charts, and summarizing information or data.
  • Assist in project administrative tasks such as attending meetings and aiding in note taking and distribution, and managing tasks and assignments.
  • Facilitate break-out groups in conjunction with stakeholder focus group meetings.

Additionally, other duties may be required by host organizations depending on the specific project. Please see each posting for details.

The Adaptation Resilience Training is a cost-shared initiative supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program and Alberta Environment and Parks.

The program is administered by the University of Alberta's Sustainability Council and Associated Engineering.

Previous cohorts

The first cohort of Adaptation Resilience Training work placements ran in 2020–21. Recent graduates from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Lethbridge University and Olds College developed the inaugural training materials and contributed to organizations across the province.

Browse their final reports and click on the link to download.