Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy & Climate Solutions

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

Join the country’s most trusted environmental organization and become a force for good.


We find solutions for living within the limits of nature. Through a combination of evidence-based science and active public engagement, we seek to motivate Canadians to take action on the pressing environmental challenges we face. With headquarters in Vancouver and regional offices in Toronto and Montreal, we address issues from coast to coast to coast, in both official languages. With the support of scientists, academics, progressive businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations and hundreds of thousands of Canadians we aim to achieve this vision: “That within a generation Canadians act on the understanding that we are interconnected and interdependent with nature, and with each other.”

To find out more please go to www.davidsuzuki.org

Job Description

Position Title:

Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy & Climate Solutions


B – Specialist


Based at our Vancouver office 


Director, Science and Policy; daily oversight by Science and Policy Manager

Job status:

Permanent, full-time (34 hours/week)


• Recognized as a DSF expert in their area(s) of specialization (climate change and clean energy).

• Implements and takes responsibility for the outcome of the plans, strategies and initiatives associated with their work.

• Contribute to the development of integrated strategies for research, communications, campaigning, development, and project delivery in support of Science and Policy goals and objectives.

• Develop and prepare discussion papers, technical reports, briefing notes, presentations, correspondence, and communications backgrounders.

• Attend meetings and maintain ongoing contact with other organizations and researchers active in the climate change solutions field. Integrate information and assess the significance and implications of policy positions and strategies.

• Build DSF’s profile with the public through different channels (public speaking, academic conferences, print, social media, on camera interviews, etc.) using technical analysis and science. 

• Collaborate with other David Suzuki Foundation staff and local community partners on regional projects.

• Identify opportunities arising from emerging trends and generates options for engaging them.

• Supervise and coordinate the publication of reports, and other projects, as required. May include supervision and coordination of contractors in the preparation of reports.

• Present recommendations to team manager and or director, as requested.


• University degree or equivalent experience in a natural, social science, or engineering discipline. 

• At least four years of policy analysis experience in climate change and energy issues.

• Strong values fit with DSF’s mission, demonstrated through your work or community involvement to date.

• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Familiarity with technical writing and data, and ability to interpret technical material for general audiences. 

• Public speaking skills are required and spokesperson experience is an asset.

• Competent knowledge of renewable energy, electricity generation and distribution (including distributed/local systems), and energy efficiency policies. 

• Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses of GHG emissions and energy data, etc.

• Solid understanding of transportation systems and urban form is an asset. 

• Practical understanding of legal issues, public policy development process and socio-economic analysis including energy and GHG emissions modelling. 

• Strong project management skills—can balance reactive daily tasks with planning and stewarding longer-term projects

• Able to manage own workload without close supervision and works independently, making decisions and solving routine and complex problems

• Excellent networking skills, alliance-building experience and ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities. 

• Superb written and spoken English language skills required. Fluent French language skills are an asset. 

• Computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Email

Additional Information

Application process

Please submit your cover letter and resume explaining why you are interested in this opportunity by going online to: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/about/employment/ and clicking on the "I'm Interested" link. This position will remain open until it is filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by May 15th or as soon as possible.

We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Aboriginal people, members of a visible minority and people with a disability.