Solar Lab Coordinator

Job Description –

Rural Routes to Climate Solutions is an Alberta-based project providing learning opportunities for Alberta’s
agricultural producers—farmers and ranchers—to find out how to benefit from
climate solutions. The Stettler Learning Centre manages the project and is seeking
a project coordinator (Solar Lab Coordinator) to assist our project lead
(Director) in running a brand new program—the Solar Lab.

At its heart, the Solar Lab is a capacity
building project. Rural Routes wants to work with rural communities in Alberta
to develop their own community-owned solar projects that will provide benefits
for those communities (jobs, revenue, electricity, etc.). The Solar Lab will
facilitate project development through training, workshops, consultations with
not-for-profit and industry experts, all of which the Coordinator will organize.
Since Rural Routes cannot provide funding for an actual solar project, the Solar
Lab will provide as much ‘infrastructure’ as possible to get from point A (wanting
to put up a solar project) to point B (installing a solar project) instead.

The Solar Lab will undertake the following

  • Organizing and running events
    like workshops and coffee shop meet-ups;
  • Organizing and hosting
  • Using multiple social media
    platforms to engage agricultural producers on the issues we cover;
  • Connecting with project
    partners, industry experts and rural communities interested in developing
    community-owned solar projects;
  • Researching and recruiting
    expert speakers for our events.

The ideal candidate must be able to work remotely and
independently and has some experience with working in rural communities. You
must be able to work from home or at a working space you have organized on your
own. You will be required to check-in with the Director at least once a week.


  • Excellent facilitation and
    relationship building skills;
  • Capable of using social media
    platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram;
  • Strong communications both
    written and oral;
  • Comfortable with collaborating
    with partners from different organizations and communities;
  • Comfortable with conducting
    outreach for the Lab in communities you are not familiar with; 
  • Some knowledge
    of renewable energy;
  • Some knowledge of the issues
    facing rural communities in Alberta;
  • Good event and logistics
    management skills (booking venues, catering, accommodations and flights, etc).  


  • Work independently and remotely; 
  • Able to travel at least once a
    month for the Lab, which may require working and staying somewhere over weekends;
  • Have access to reliable phone
    and internet connections;
  • Have access to reliable
  • Have access to a suitable
    working space;
  • Ability to use Google Drive and
  • Ability to keep track of your
    own hours.


  • Previous experience working as
    a facilitator and/or community organizer;
  • Previous experience working in
    the renewable energy sector;
  • Experience in producing video
    and/or audio;
  • A solid vision of what the
    future of energy in Alberta should be.

The start date for this position is May 1st,
2019. The end date is currently March 31st 2020, but if additional funding is
secured, the position will be extended. Payment will be based on $25 per hour,
30 hours per week. This
is a contract position, thus the individual will be responsible for ensuring
that necessary payments for income tax, CPP, EI have been made and submitting
monthly invoices.

applicants should submit a cover letter and resume as a PDF and email it to by 11:59pm on Monday April 22nd.
Please include “Solar Lab Coordinator Application” in the subject line of your
email. Only successful candidates will be contacted to be interviewed.

the event a successful candidate is not found, the application process will be

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