Adaptation Resilience Training

The Adaptation Resilience Training is helping Alberta prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. Through the training, Alberta organizations, governments and businesses can access resources to help understand and manage their climate risks. Professionals in these organizations will be able to access the training beginning in late 2021.

ART Work Placements

The Adaptation Resilience Training also supports a number of full time, paid work placements with businesses, governments and non-profits involved in water management, infrastructure, community planning and agriculture.

Over the course of 8 months, these positions give recent university or college graduates early career experience working with skilled professionals on real-world adaptation issues. In turn, organizations gain a skilled, young professional who will help them to directly assess climate risks and develop adaptation solutions tailored to their exact context.

Become a host organization

We are now seeking organizations to host a work placement for September 2021 to April 2022. Wages are 100% covered by the ART program.

This opportunity is open to any organization or business in Alberta (including municipal and Indigenous communities, not-for-profits, research bodies, commodity groups, professional associations and utilities) who are working on climate adapatation in water management, infrastructure, community planning or agriculture.

Adaptation projects focus on the response of human or natural systems to the physical and economic impacts of climate change (not to be confused with mitigation of greenhouse gases that cause climate change).

To apply, organizations must pitch an adapation project and commit to supporting their work placement with mentorship, work space and any required equipment. Applications should clearly describe how the project will contribute to climate adapatation, how it will benefit the organization, and scope out the project's timeline, tasks and deliverables. For full details, please download the application form.

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Deadline: June 18, 2021.

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.