Environmental Sustainability and Biomedical Waste Student

Position Summary

Interior Health (IH) is hiring an Environmental Sustainability and Biomedical Waste Student to join the Environmental Sustainability team located at the Kelowna Warehouse (Reids) in Kelowna, B.C.

This is a four-month term position, from approximately September to December, 2022.

What will you work on?

The student will provide assistance to the Manager of Environmental Sustainability on various environmental initiatives, as well as the Director, Support Services on a biomedical waste research project. The research project will be assessing the mechanisms for reducing biomedical waste including sorting improvements, education, audits, outreach and developing a plan of action. The Environmental Sustainability Student will work with various stakeholders within IH to lead engagement, education initiatives and improve environmental performance.

The Environmental Sustainability team promotes and leads environmental initiatives at Interior Health to ensure our healthcare service delivery continues to be sustainable. At IH, we focus on identifying opportunities within our sphere of influence which can be implemented to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and our negative impact on the environment. Environmental Sustainability is a shared responsibility across IH, and applies to all portfolios and functional areas, supported by both the Environmental Sustainability Manager and the Director of Support Services.


1. Support planning initiatives related to environmental sustainability and employee engagement.

2. Conduct research, data analysis, and reporting on environmental sustainability projects.

3. Develop staff education and engagement campaigns. Provide assistance to implement behaviour modification programs to reduce environmental impacts.

4. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Reasons to Apply at Interior Health... What we can do for you

We offer a work environment conducive to growth and development of strong clinical skills. The opportunity to have a balanced lifestyle that allows you to maintain the quality of life you desire.


Education, Training and Experience:

- Enrollment in a post-secondary program, preferably a 3rd, 4th year student or Masters level student.
- Enrolled in Environmental Studies/Engineering/Sciences Undergraduate or Masters Program or a degree tracking towards a career in environmental studies/sciences management.
- Knowledge and understanding of employee education and engagement strategies.
- Experience in researching, analyzing and interpreting data, establishing best practices and developing recommendations.
- Experience in communicating complex information in a variety of forms (including written, oral, group presentation, and visual) to various audiences;
- Experience drafting communications materials i.e. backgrounders, PowerPoint presentations for multiple audiences;
- Valid Class 5 Drivers License desirable.

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
Excellent computer skills (Internet, MS Office – Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
Ability to research to obtain information and interpret analyze data.
Ability to synthesize information in a concise report for general audience understanding.
Ability to work in a complex fast changing environment in both a team and individual setting.
Ability to take initiative and work independently.
Knowledge of environmental management systems and waste management.


This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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