Adaptation Resilience Training

The Adaptation Resilience Training project helps Alberta prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. These are full time, paid positions (up to 35 hours/week) for a period of 6–8 months. Project assistants gain early career experience working with skilled professionals on real-world adaptation issues.

Project assistants are helping develop and deliver training materials and other resources to professionals working across diverse sectors. They help host organizations understand and manage their climate change risks and support adaptation-related activities. Host organizations include businesses, governments and non-profits involved in water management, infrastructure, community planning and agriculture.

The intake for 2020 has completed.

Position Listing

Follow the links in the document to see the full job description on the University of Alberta's job board, Campus Bridge. You may need to register an account in order to access the job board.


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 2018 – Dec. 2020. 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 also show:

  • Excellent research and communications skills
  • Experience with data collection and analysis
  • Initiative and ability to succeed with moderate supervision
  • Interest in conducting policy reviews
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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 6–8 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 the listing for details.