We've had a lot of interest in our posting for an 8-month paid position for a First Nation, Métis or Inuit Intern. We've had lots of questions too, so we put together a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) to help people looking for answers. If you have any other questions, please contact us.
For 2016, applications will be accepted until May 2, 2016 by email to HR@sharedvaluesolutions.com
The original internship opportunity posting is here:
Shared Value Internship
Paid 8-Month Position for First Nation, Metis or Inuit Intern with Shared Value Solutions
When will I start?
There is no official start date. The start date is somewhat flexible depending on the needs of the successful candidate, but would likely be sometime in early to mid-June 2016.
What work will I be doing while at Shared Value Solutions as well as in the community?
The projects the intern will take on during time spent at SVS will depend on the interests of the intern as well as the specific projects going on at the SVS office. Tasks and projects will most likely be desk based and linked to land use and occupancy studies and environmental review support.
While back in the community, projects will be dependent on the needs of the community. Loosely, the intern’s work would help advance the community’s goals related to the Duty to Consult and land use planning.
Who decides which projects I will work on in my host community?
The community decides which projects the intern will be a part of, taking into account the intern’s skillsets and interests. SVS can provide support in developing a plan for the intern as needed.
What department will I work in conjunction with in community?
This will be dependent on the departments the First Nation, Metis, or Inuit partner has in place. However, it is likely that the intern will work in conjunction with a Consultation Department, a Lands and Resource Department, or an Economic Development Department.
Will this job involve field environmental monitoring?
No, the intern job will not include environmental monitoring in the field. The SVS intern will be obtaining direct job experience in more strategic work related to the Duty to Consult, including desk-based land use planning research, EA technical review, consultation and communications, and negotiations with proponents. It will not be a technical or field monitor position.
Could the intern’s “Host Community Champion” be a Tribal Council or other Indigenous organization or program?
Yes, we are totally open to different models for the host champion. For example, some applicants have proposed to have an Aboriginal Training and Employment Program act as their host champion throughout and they will work there for the second 4 months of the internship.
What is important is that there is a host champion who is in contact with the intern throughout and who is willing to oversee the work of the intern for the second four month work term.
Will the host community be responsible for any costs related to the internship?
No, the host community will not be responsible for any costs related to the intern’s salary. The only potential costs would be related to work space provided for the intern for four months.
Is there any assistance, financial or otherwise, for housing accommodations while working at the SVS office in Guelph?
At this time, there is no formal process for supporting the intern in finding accommodations or funding to cover living costs. However, we do offer leads and suggestions for housing through our community’s networks, and would be happy to support the successful candidate regarding funding for living costs. These networks include:
- Purple Cow Hostel
- University of Guelph Summer Hostel
- Kijiji Guelph Short-Term Rentals:
- Anishnabeg Outreach Inc.
- Aboriginal Skills and Training
What are Shared Value Solutions’ objectives relating to this internship?
Shared Value Solutions hopes to help Indigenous professionals build their employment experience, skills, and networks in the environment sector, as well as enhance their leadership potential. In addition, we hope to build capacity within Indigenous nations to address complex environmental issues that they may face, including the Duty to Consult and Accommodate, land use planning, and the potential impacts of developmental projects.
Does the intern have to be a status member of a First Nation?
No, a First Nation intern would not have to have status to apply. Our objectives are to provide opportunities for Indigenous professionals; however, we recognize that many First Nations people do not formally recognize as ‘status’ for a number of reasons.
Does the intern have to be a graduate of a university, college or ECO Canada BEAHR program with an environment or social science focus?
These are qualifications that SVS feels would be helpful for the intern, but they are not required. We would be happy to consider applications from people with equivalent or related work experience. We are also open to considering applications from people with an education or work focus in areas beyond the environment or social sciences, if you think it applies (for example people with a background in business or economics.)
Is there an age limit?
No, there is no age limit for the internship. Anyone of any age can apply.
About Shared Value Solutions
SVS is a consulting firm whose core business is in regulatory and Environmental Assessment support and strategy; land use and occupancy and archaeology studies; Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies & Traditional Knowledge Studies; Aboriginal-private sector business partnerships; and community consultation and engagement. SVS is certified to offer BEAHR training in Environmental Site Assessment, Environmental Monitoring, and Land Use Planning. We assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations and private sector companies across Canada in coming together to create shared value for all parties involved. Our mission is to “have fun, make money, do good, and do good work”. For more information:
- Check out the Shared Value Solutions blog page