Great climate change job opportunity for a graduate student!

Position: Climate Change Research Co-op/Intern
Ministry: Agriculture
Salary: $1,661 biweekly ($23.73 per hour) (graduate level co-op)
Start/End Date: September 2016 to April 2017 (8 months)
Location: Victoria (note: please do not apply unless you are willing to be located in Victoria)
Application Deadline: July 11, 2016

This position is a unique opportunity to build understanding of the importance of agricultural climate change adaptation and to contribute to high priority policies, programs, and actions to advance climate change adaptation and mitigation in the B.C. agriculture sector. Note that the position is located in Victoria and that no relocation expenses will be paid.

B.C. agriculture is diverse: regionally, by commodities produced, and in terms of scale of operation. Agriculture is an important part of the lives of British Columbians and farm families, and a major economic driver in communities and the province as a whole. Climate change is already happening in B.C., and projections for the 2020s and 2050s point to significant impacts for agriculture, including excess moisture, pest outbreaks, sea level rise, and extreme weather events such as drought and flooding. For agricultural producers, climate change will result in increased management complexity, costs, and uncertainty – as well as new opportunities.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch works to enhance agrifood and seafood sector growth, competitiveness, sustainability and adaptability. The branch provides expertise and support for: innovation, domestic and international marketing, management practices that promote sustainable and productive agrifood systems, and creating and maintaining a positive regulatory climate with local government. Within the branch, the climate action team works in partnership with the agriculture industry to build the sector’s adaptive capacity and resilience.

Through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative, approximately $5.7 million in funding has been allocated over 2013 – 2018 to the climate adaptation program. The program is industry-led and delivered by the B.C. Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI). The program supports the development and implementation of multi-partner regional adaptation strategies in key agricultural areas of the province, and the piloting and demonstration of adaptation practices on B.C. farms and ranches. This programming is recognized across Canada as the most advanced and effective programming for agricultural adaptation to climate change.

British Columbia is currently developing a Climate Leadership Plan, and is participating in the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change.

For more information and to apply, download the full job description here.