Environmental Sustainability Student

Position Summary

Interior Health (IH) is seeking a dynamic student to work in its Environmental Sustainability portfolio. This role will be based out of Kelowna, BC. This is a four-month term position, from approximately January to April, 2024.

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 the Environmental Sustainability Manager.

What we offer:

• Competitive salary and an attractive remuneration package
• Career Growth
• Opportunity to develop
• A work environment that supports your psychological health & safety needs
• Aboriginal Employment Career advising
• Balanced lifestyle

What will you work on?

The student will provide assistance to the Manager of Environmental Sustainability on a research project, to identify and implement environmental sustainability improvements in Surgical Services at Interior Health.

The objective of the student placement will be to improve environmental sustainability practices in our operating rooms. The applicant will need skills in applying sustainability and scientific concepts to track and quantify greenhouse gas emissions, waste and energy consumption associated with clinical operations. To implement environmental sustainability improvements, the student will also need to market new concepts and work with partners to track and report data. This component of the role will require business operations, marketing and communications skills. Towards the end of the term, the role will lead the writing of an “opportunity investigation” report, utilizing engineering and business elements of technical writing, data analysis and reporting. This report will also enhance the student’s ability to communicate with internal partners to determine the potential impact across the organization. Additionally, the student will be given the opportunity to present the results of their findings to the partners involved, this will be an opportunity to improve their communication and public speaking skills.


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 and a work environment that supports and promotes psychological health & safety for all. We offer the opportunity to have a balanced lifestyle that allows you to maintain the quality of life you desire.

Come and join our team….Come live, work and play where others only vacation. Make a difference. Love your work. Apply today!


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 lab services.

“Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the B.C. Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).”


Salary range for the position is $22 to $25 p/h and starting salary will be based on education, training and experience.

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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