Climate Change & Clean Energy Communications Specialist

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Contract

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.”

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Job Description

Position Title: 

Climate Change & Clean Energy Communications Specialist


Climate Change & Clean Energy Communications Specialist - reports to the Science and Policy Manager.


The purpose of the Climate Change & Clean Energy Communications Specialist position is to provide communication and research support to the Science and Policy team’s climate change and energy projects.


Full-time two year contract

Responsibilities include:


· Lead DSF’s communications strategy to achieve DSF’s climate solutions goals.

· Be the content lead for all DSF climate comms -- write blogs, editorials, reports, news releases, media briefings, and create social media content including video.

· Oversee all climate-related communications to ensure their effectiveness.

· Liaise effectively with the core communications team at DSF, and assist in the implementation of core DSF brand and content strategies as they are expressed in climate-related communications.

· Facilitate collaboration – share information and strategies within and across DSF departments and with key Canadian stakeholders such as academics, businesses, First Nations, municipalities, environmental groups, etc, often in both official languages. Be part of maximizing our impact through cross-sectoral collaboration.

· Seize opportunities that arise from emerging issues, current affairs and global trends to engage a wider community in our climate comms, and have more impact at key moments in the ever-evolving debate about climate change.

· Be a key part of our Science and Policy Team – build the public profile of the team and their projects, train spokespeople in new formats such as video, and participate in all planning and strategy sessions.

· Represent DSF in public forums, such as meetings, conference, press briefings and other events.


· Completion of a university degree and a minimum of five years professional work experience in communications and issue based research and analysis with a focus on environmental and energy related issues. Knowledge or a background in climate change, energy, and transit and sustainable transportation for cities is an asset.

· Demonstrated success in strategic communications planning, objective-setting and execution.

· Editorial experience (assignment, copy, web content, etc.) is required.

· Experience building relationships with Canadian media and pitching content is required.

· Experience creating online videos and other social media content.

· Experience building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholder groups and coalitions.

· Public policy and analytical research skills is an asset.

· Project management experience is an asset.

· Strong English language skills required. French language (or other language) skills an asset.

Additional Information


Please submit your cover letter and resume explaining why you are interested in this opportunity by going online to: and clicking on the "I'm Interested" link. The deadline for applications is September 25th 2016.

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