INTERNSHIP: Vancouver, BC – National Farmers Union, Climate Change Coordinator

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 17, 2020

The NFU is hiring a Climate Change Coordinator for BC. This 18-week paid internship for an outgoing, dynamic person with skills in marketing and outreach, and keen passion for addressing the climate crisis through agriculture. Must be 15-30 years of age, working from the Vancouver Area. 


The National Farmers Union Climate Change Coordinator – BC will provide coordination leadership in the agricultural sector in British Columbia regarding climate change.  In this role, they will connect with other agricultural organizations in BC, advance mutual climate change goals, promote the extensive agricultural policy work of the National Farmers Union on climate issues, meet with new and existing members (safely distanced or virtually) and work to build momentum for a collective response to climate change in the agricultural sector.  The Coordinator will be an outgoing, self-motivated young professional with strong communication skills living in or near Vancouver, British Columbia who is keen to be part of making agriculture more sustainable, socially conscious and climate-friendly.

The NFU Climate Change Coordinator — BC  will disseminate the science-based research of the NFU’s Director of Climate Crisis Policy & Action and that from Farmers for Climate Solutions, the NFU’s collaboration with some of Canada’s leading national and regional agricultural organizations. Work will include organizing learning opportunities; disseminating policy briefs through traditional, online and social media channels; strategic networking with allied organizations; scheduling, budgeting, reporting and evaluation.  This position will also promote further engagement of people interested in these topics through engaging events, communications, and social media channels.

This is an 18-week, part-time (30 hours per week) contract position that reports to the Executive Director.

Duties and responsibilities

The Climate Change Coordinator – BC will provide leadership in British Columbia regarding agricultural responses to climate change :

  • Meet with the other dynamic organizations in BC working on the intersection of agriculture and climate
  • Develop relationships & develop a campaign to further the NFU’s goal of a sustainable climate, healthy environment, and sustainable farming
  • Communicate the climate-focussed research findings of the NFU, including Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis:  A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farms & Food Systems and the reports that follow from this work
  • Develop, organize and promote web-based (and, if appropriate, small group in-person) learning opportunities
  • Within the climate change project:
    • Advance food sovereignty and agroecology;
    • Build relationships within NFU;
    • Build capacity of NFU members (transferrable skills, confidence, experience);
    • Connect with farmers, from long-term members to young, developing farmers
    • Increase space for agroecological practices in Canadian economy to support climate change reduction goals
  • Bring people together to expand opportunities for work
  • Strengthen relationships for long-term action and on-going involvement in the NFU
  • Create building blocks to support future work
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and skills

The NFU is looking for a highly organized, responsible person with a passion for people, storytelling and movement-building. Ability to learn technical information and convey it clearly to the public is critical.  Direct experience of Canadian farming is a strong asset. The Communications Specialist is eager to take initiative in their tasks, but willing to check in and take feedback. The candidate will have a high degree of professionalism and an outgoing personality to build relationships. They will be highly capable at social media, and digital platforms and will be eager to learn any skills they do not already have. They will have strong written and communication skills. They will be willing to make calls and work independently with guidance. The candidate will take ownership for results. They must be committed to the NFU’s climate change, agroecology and food sovereignty goals.


The Climate Change Coordinator will have:

  • A background in marketing or communications either through schooling, experience or both
  • An understanding of climate change and Canadian agriculture
  • Knowledge of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty
  • Ability to work collaboratively while taking responsibility for their work
  • Proficiency in online communications including Mailchimp and WordPress
  • Strong social media skills including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, conscientiousness
  • Knowledge of and interest in community development, food security, and food systems
  • Proactive, positive, industrious, and socially conscientious
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusivity and respect
  • Communications – Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to engage professionally with people who disagree
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, conscientious
  • Co-operative/collaborative within and between organizations
  • Other assets not required, but viewed favourably
    • Proficiency in French
    • Webinar hosting/logistics
    • Google analytics and other usage statistics tools
    • Digital Photography
    • Video and audio editing
    • Driver’s license

Education required

University degree in communications, political studies, science or similar that enables candidate to manage project demands.

Some experience preferred.

Training is provided

Job Details

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Salary range: $15-17/hr
Hours per week: 30
Start Date: 2020/08/31
End Date: 2021/01/09

To Apply


Deadline: August 21, 2020

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