It's another encouraging (early and initial, to be clear) step forward in Sooke's multi-year commitment to addressing the declared climate emergency in association with other orders of government, non-profits and as many community partners (groups and individuals) as possible.
"Hello all in the bcc line,
Writing to let you know that the District of Sooke has secured funding for a nine-month Climate Action Coordinator Intern CUPE position. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 18, and the term runs from Nov. 8 to Aug. 5, 2022.
If you are aware of anyone under the age of 30 who might be interested and would qualify, please forward to them … or to others in your circles who might know of someone.
Click here for the job description
(please note that the grant through the Career Launcher program's Clean Tech stream is now confirmed and the position is funded pending approval of the District's pick by the Career Launcher team)
Earlier this year Sooke hired its first Community Economic Development Officer with a strong mandate for climate action. We also adopted the Low Carbon Resilience co-benefits model developed by the Action on Climate Change Team at SFU for application in all decision-making.
We are just now in the home stretch of our next Official Community Plan, which has a primary objective of a “green and Net Zero” Sooke by 2050.
This new position is a significant one as we begin the multi-year process of implementing our Climate Action Committee’s “7% Solution” strategy (developed by data group lead Anna Russell; see pp. 23-64 of this July 19, 2021 agenda). It focuses on building emissions and transportation mode shift in pursuing a 50% cut by 2030 in Sooke's GPC Basic + emissions.
The 7% strategy is to be paired with a citizen engagement campaign developed by a Climate Action Committee working group led by Beth Lange (see pp. 11-22) with direction from consultant Denise Withers.
As the job description notes, the Climate Action Coordinator Intern will work alongside and be mentored by District staff — CAO Norm McInnis (a board director with the Local Government Management Association of BC) and Communicators Coordinator Christina Moog included.
In other words, this is an exciting time at the District of Sooke. I’m sure the right candidate will find this an excellent foot-in-local-government-door opportunity as they help define and shape climate action initiatives in a still small (15k) but smart-growth evolving community. (A remarkably beautiful one on Canada's far west coast, of course, but I won't get into the sales pitch further.)
Thanks for any help you can offer in finding the right her/him/they for this position.
Councillor, District of Sooke
Liaison to Climate Action Committee
PICTURE SOOKE during the Official Community Plan review
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I gratefully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional shared territories of the T'Sou-ke and Scia'new First Nations
Image: From the Career Launcher website. Prince William likely would have some thoughts about it.