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Environmental Justice Fellowship Opportunity

In-person (Montreal, Canada)

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Executive Director is looking for a full-time fellow to help the CEC strengthen the inclusion of environmental justice dimensions in its ongoing work program. The selected candidate will report to the Executive Director and will work closely and in collaboration with the CEC’s Units to explore and enhance opportunities to include environmental justice dimensions across the CEC’s ongoing and future work. As the issue of “environmental justice” is not necessarily understood in the same way across North America, the fellow will help the CEC identify nuances, differences and commonalities related to environmental justice matters as are relevant in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

This three-month fellowship (with possible extension) will provide a unique experience for fast-paced professional growth on how environmental justice issues on a variety of environment and climate change-related topics play out across North America. This opportunity will also offer high-level exposure to leading environmental, regional diplomatic, and policy challenges at one of the planet’s foremost international organizations, helping to identify opportunities that will strengthen coordinated actions for a meaningful consideration and inclusion of environmental justice dimensions in environmental priorities in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The work carried out will align with the CEC’s mission and priorities to better protect the shared North American environment and work collaboratively to stop and reverse climate change and biodiversity loss trends, while promoting more social and environmental equity.

Eligibility

The successful candidate should have one or more of the following competencies:

  • Background on environmental justice with experience related but not limited to community engagement, environmental justice public policy, and Indigenous knowledge.
  • Have an excellent command of English and Spanish. A knowledge of French will be considered an asset.
  • Be a fast learner, organized, independent, self-motivated, and analytical.
  • Have a passion for thinking through society’s most challenging policy dilemmas.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic, international, and multicultural environment.
  • Have the legal right to work in Canada. The CEC may assist with guidelines for applying for Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).
  • Good organizational, time-management, and priority-setting skills.

Tasks

The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to a variety of short-term and quick turn-around assignments, research tasks, team engagement and other activities, including, for example:

  • Review the CEC’s past experience and engagement on environmental justice-related issues in North America.
  • Learn about the past work of the CEC’s Units (Ecosystems, Green Growth, Environmental Quality, Government Relations, Strategy and Performance, Advisory Groups, Outreach and Partnerships, Communications) and engage with unit teams to identify environmental justice relevance and opportunities for the CEC’s work program.
  • Research and compile relevant environmental justice information across North America, pertinent to and differentiated among Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • Help the CEC better understand environmental justice dimensions of vulnerability intersectional issues across the region (for example, as it relates to youth, LGBTQAI2S+, people of color, etc.).
  • Support the CEC to strengthen its understanding of the relationship between environmental justice dimensions and Indigenous groups.
  • Review CEC current and emerging projects, including but not limited to, Champion Cities, Horizon 2030, Air Quality Monitoring for Environmental Justice, the Communities for Environmental Justice Network, and identify opportunities to highlight environmental justice aspects within these projects.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities and methods for better addressing environmental justice matters in the CEC activities.
  • Help develop key performance indicators to measure the CEC’s impact in addressing environmental justice dimensions.
  • Support the CEC in addressing environmental justice dimensions that may be relevant to topics and materials for the 2024 Council Session. This could include assisting with the development of a trilateral roundtable agenda and identifying relevant speakers from the three countries.
  • Identify and engage with key environmental justice actors across North America. 

Remuneration

C$12,000 for the full duration of the fellowship, including costs associated with travel to Montreal and accommodation for three months.

Application process

Interested candidates should submit by 9 February 2024 their CV/résumé, along with a brief cover letter explaining why you think you would make a great fit for this position to: ejf@cec.org  (Attention: Executive Director)

The CEC promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity in our employment and human resources practices.

No phone calls or email message inquiries will be accepted.

Overview

Status

Active

Deadline

February 9, 2024 5:00pm

Salary/Budget

C$12,000 for the full duration of the fellowship, including costs associated with travel to Montreal and accommodation for three months.

Location

In-person (Montreal, Canada)

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.