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Climate Change Adaptation Specialist
Department of Environment and Local Government  

Who we are

The work we do has a positive impact on our communities and helps improve the everyday lives of New Brunswickers. Together, we are over 45,000 New Brunswickers who are passionate problem-solvers, who make a difference and are proud to call New Brunswick home.

The Department of Environment and Local Government is seeking a Climate Change Adaptation Specialist to join the Climate Change Secretariat team.

The Climate Change Secretariat (CCS) coordinates initiatives promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the adaptation to the multiple impacts of climate change. The CCS also focuses on initiatives related to education, awareness, and capacity-building and is responsible for the development of New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan and coordinating its implementation. The Secretariat works with government departments and agencies to ensure that actions on climate change are integrated with governmental policies, programs, and day-to-day decisions. The CCS also engages local governments (such as municipalities) and non-government partners, stakeholders, and various sectors to encourage lower carbon investments and practices and facilitates and supports climate adaptation activities.

What you will do?

As a member of the Climate Change Secretariat, reporting to the Director of Climate Change Adaptation, you will engage with various stakeholders and sectors (i.e. municipalities, local governments, First Nations communities, government departments, non-government organizations, Regional Service Commissions, professional and industry associations, researchers, academia, the natural resources, agriculture, tourism, business, industry, other sectors, and the public), to provide information and guidance with respect to climate change data, climate change adaptation tools, best practices, and training.

You will facilitate and assist New Brunswick municipalities with their adaptation planning efforts that include conducting their Vulnerability Assessments and developing their Climate Change Adaptation Plans, while also providing support and services to other sectors engaged in adaptation.

You will also serve as the New Brunswick Climate Services Representative for the Atlantic Climate Services Centre, a newly-created organization responsible for providing climate data and services to Atlantic Canadians and the multitude of stakeholders and sectors outlined above. Your role will be to interact with the Executive Director of the Centre, share and communicate New Brunswick's needs with respect to climate services and ultimately deliver climate data and tools, educational and awareness services, training, and guidance, to the public and various clients, sectors, and researchers across the province.

Your work will be essential in building New Brunswick's adaptative capacity and increasing the province's collective resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.

Work environment

  • Office location: 20 McGloin (Marysville Place), Fredericton. 
  • Office layout: with surrounding open cubicles
  • Your Team: Small collaborative team of 12 ¿ including climate specialists, analysts, engineers, economist, strategist, and engagement specialist. 
  • Standard hours of work: Monday - Friday, 8:15-4:30 (office schedule) and flexible work that includes working evenings and travel, primarily within New Brunswick.   
  • We promote a scent-reduced environment.

Who you are

You possess expert knowledge of climate change science, climate change adaptation practices, stakeholder and community engagement approaches, communicating climate change to various audiences, and have extensive knowledge of land-use planning and/or engineering.

You are technically strong in the areas of climate change science and climate change adaptation approaches/measures that can be adopted by homeowners, landowners, local governments, infrastructure owners, various sectors, and other clients, to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change. You possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and are fluently bilingual in English and French at a professional level, as you will give numerous public presentations that are technical in nature, explaining the multiple aspects of climate change and how to incorporate adaptation in decision-making.

You are self motivated, work well in team settings, can problem-solve creatively and are safety-minded. You seek feedback from colleagues and others and are open to critique that helps improve outcomes. You are concerned for the wellbeing of New Brunswickers and have a strong personal interest in climate change and climate change adaptation. 

You can present at a professional and technical level in both French and English to best serve all New Brunswickers. You treat all people with the utmost respect, in a polite and professional manner that is courteous and always demonstrates kindness. 

Your attitude, skills and interests are just as important as your area of study. We are looking for diverse backgrounds that bring a combination of the following:

Essential qualifications

  • University degree in Environmental Sciences, Planning, Engineering, Education or other related disciplines, preferably with coursework related to Climate Change, Planning, Engineering, or Environmental Management,
  • A minimum of five (5) years of related work experience.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Written and spoken competence in English and French.  Please state your language capability

  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration.
  • Résumés should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment.
  • Please ensure that your preferred language of assessment is identified in your resume.

Asset Qualifications:

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel;
  • Demonstrated experience in public engagement and relationship development;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating public meetings and groups;
  • Planning designation (MCIP) or those working toward a designation
  • Engineering designation (P. Eng,,  Engineer in Training) or those working toward a designation
  • Comprehensive understanding of the effects of a changing climate on communities, infrastructures and natural resources;
  • Knowledge in the development and use of climate change models and climate scenarios;

Behavioural competencies

  • Analytical Thinking/Judgment;
  • Client Service Orientation;
  • Effective Interactive Communication;
  • Results Orientation
  • Conceptual Thinking;
  • Relationship / network building;
  • Teamwork and cooperation.

Technical Competencies:

  • Presentation skills;
  • Planning and Organizing Skills
  • Specialized Subject Matter Expertise and Knowledge.


$57,382 - $80,132 annually (Pay Band 5)

The Department of Environment and Local Government Offers:

  • Comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation, optional health and dental plans, Life Insurance, and participation in the Public Service Shared Risk Pension Plan;  
  • Opportunities for career growth, professional development and training; 
  • Free access to Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and services
  • 1 paid Volunteer Day per year to give back to your community; 
  • A departmental social committee; and 
  • A fitness facility (at Marysville Place) for employees at low cost.

Providing a safe workplace for all. Your health & safety are important to us. GNB has implemented preventative measures across the organization to ensure your health & safety.

How to apply

We encourage applicants to apply on-line at, by mail at the following address or by email at by August 17, 2021 indicating competition number  80-21-004. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.  

Department of Environment and
Local Government
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Telephone: 506-453-2690

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities in which we live and serve. We encourage and support applications from Aboriginals, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups. Candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and veterans, who are among the most qualified, will be given preference at the time of selection.

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