Internship Opportunity

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Youth for Water Program (4 positions)
6+ Month Term, beginning September 2016
Application deadline: 22 July, 4:30 p.m.

The Sacred Water Circle (SWC) and Green Communities Canada (GCC) are looking for Indigenous youth who are interested in learning how to protect, conserve and improve the health of water within the Kawartha Region. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation- this initiative will provide you with an opportunity to learn about water issues, and become involved in water protection and conservation.

This intern opportunity is geared towards Indigenous youth between the ages of 18-29, who will be provided with the information they need to bring traditional Indigenous knowledge and science together to help our communities protect and restore our water quality and quantity.

With the support of the SWC and GCC, interns will be provided with the necessary skills, training and tools required to become environmental leaders in their communities. Youth will create and coordinate a project geared towards water conservation, including water infrastructure installations that will help harvest rain water and/or create infiltration landscapes to reduce peak storm water volume and repeated flooding. This will work to provide youth with hands-on learning in water protection and be an opportunity to build networks with the local environmental community (Indigenous and non-Indigenous). This experience will also expose the interns to the opportunities for careers working with water, and provide them with hands-on experience to help them move forward in their career.

Project Description

Throughout the project interns will be supported by the Project Coordinator, RAIN Community Solutions Project Manager and the SWC Planning Committee, providing training and mentorship to enable the work on chosen community projects for water protection and conservation in local or urban communities. Specific training, activities and events include:

    • A multi-day workshop on local water issues and solutions to these water issues
    • Consultation with local First Nations communities and groups to identify water projects that are of interest to the local community
    • Training in methods of restoring the natural water cycle in urban and rural areas to protect water quality and quantity. Training could include (depending on interns identified needs and interests):
      • Rainwater harvesting
      • Common contaminants and best practices for pollution prevention
      • Building and designing permeable landscapes (rain gardens, infiltration galleries, permeable paving)
      •  Removing impermeable surfaces (asphalt) and replacing with green space
      • Protecting homes from property- level flood damage
      • Proper well and septic care
    •  Workshops and hands-on experience in project development, proposal writing, project coordination, fundraising, implementation and results tracking
    •  Hands-on experience in event coordination and promotion

Benefits to the Intern

  • An opportunity to work on innovative water protection projects that will benefit the local community
  • Career mentoring and experience that looks great on a resume!
  • Peer to peer networking
  • The skills needed to develop, implement and manage a project that has measurable environmental benefits
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation, flood risk reduction, pollution prevention, water protection through traditional Indigenous water knowledge and science
  •  Build relationships with local environmental professionals, community groups, organisations and knowledge holders

Additional opportunities:

  • Local environmental organisations have indicated that they may have opportunities for interns to gain on the job experience by shadowing and/or assisting environmental professionals. More details will be identified in the coming months.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A passion for water protection
  • An interest in working in the environmental field
  • A demonstrated commitment to the environment as demonstrated through volunteer experience, education and/or work
  • An ability to commit to the project for 8 months beginning in September
  • Reside within the Kawartha region and be able to regularly commute to downtown Peterborough (please contact us to discuss support for transportation into the city, if this is a limiting factor)
  • High school diploma preferred- but candidates that can demonstrate equivalent skills will be considered
  • Youth must be between the ages of 18- 29 to participate, and of Indigenous heritage

Financial Support

The internship is a part-time position working three days a week, with some flexibility to time commitment for weekdays. Interns will be given a $6,000 stipend for a six month placement with possibility of 2 months extension with community project funding (Please note: this amount is minimum and we hope to increase the stipend with confirmed funding).

If you have any questions or are interested in the water internship please contact:

Youth Coordinator, Hattie Edwards at 705-745-323 X.159 or

To Apply:                                                                                                                                                                            Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the internship, your résumé and three references to Green Communities Canada by email to by July 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. 

Use ‘Coordinator, Youth for Water Internship Program’ as the email subject headline.

To learn more about the Sacred Water Circle’s work with water engagement and protection please visit

To learn more about Green Communities Canada’s work on stormwater management and water protection, please visit

For resume and cover letter writing training or assistance please visit your local Employment Resource Centre:

Curve Lake Employment Resource Centre: 705-657-9455

Hiawatha First Nation Employment & Training Services: 705-295-4421

Alderville Learning Centre: 905-352-2793

Peterborough-Niijkiwendidaa: 705-741-0900

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