Job Posting - Graphic Designer

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Date posted: November 9, 2019
Closing date: November 25, 2019
Job type: Contract
Start date: Early December
Compensation: $7,700, including GST (estimated 185 hours)
Contract timeline: Primary work period between December 2019 and May 2020. Final deliverable due October 2020
Location: Remotely, location flexible 


If you are excited about making a difference in the lives of fossil fuel sector workers, contributing to renewable energy opportunities for Indigenous communities, and helping transform the Canadian energy industry, don’t miss this exciting opportunity at Iron & Earth!
Iron & Earth is developing two solar energy programs and one wind training program, each customized for upskilling fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers into the renewables industry. The training programs will be between 5-10 days in length and entirely mobile, allowing us to bring the training to communities that need it the most and will include vital hands-on experience.

The Graphic Designer will work with a curriculum development team to assist with the development and creation of materials for these three training programs. 


Iron & Earth formed around the lunchroom tables of the oilsands during an oil price crash which resulted in over 100,000 oilpatch employees losing their jobs between 2015 and 2017. We realized that our trade skills were transferable to the renewable energy industry and recognized the urgency of diversifying into these technologies. Beyond the financial benefits, we were excited about the opportunity to help build a more sustainable energy industry. So, in Spring 2016 we launched Iron & Earth to create a better future for ourselves, our coworkers, and the planet. Since then we have built a membership of over 800 fossil fuel industry workers passionate about our vision. 

Our top-level goal is to help ensure a prosperous transition towards global carbon neutrality by 2050. Our mission in pursuit of this goal is to empower fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to build a sustainable energy economy. Our vision is that fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers will play a leading role in building the energy infrastructure required to reach global climate targets. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. 


The Graphic Designer is responsible for designing materials for three renewable energy training programs. The Graphic Designer will collaborate with a curriculum development team,  including experts in Indigenous ways of knowing, solar technologies, and wind technologies. 

The trainings will be tailored for fossil fuel sector and Indigenous workers and include two days of hands-on installation of a working renewable energy system. Each program will also incorporate Indigenous perspectives on renewable energy and content related to climate change, energy efficiency, and the future of sustainable energy in Canada and the world. 


  • Responsibilities: 
    • Plan, develop and execute graphic design for training materials for three renewable energy programs:
      • 10-Day Community Solar Skills Program
      • 5-Day CSA Solar Skills Program
      • 5-Day Community Wind Skills Program
    • Provide design for program materials including course outlines, instructor guides, learner guides, train-the-trainer materials, trainee handouts, and PowerPoint presentations 
    • Coordinate and collaborate with the curriculum development team to ensure that design elements assist the learning outcomes
  • Key Deliverables:
    • Training materials for a 5-Day CSA Solar Skills program complete by January 14, 2020
    • Training materials for a 10-Day Community Solar Skills program complete by March 31, 2020
    • Training materials for a 5-Day Community Wind Skills program complete by May 30, 2020
    • Complete potential design changes during iteration of training materials  to reflect trainee, instructor, and accreditor feedback: September 30 - October 31, 2020

The Graphic Designer will utilize Iron & Earth’s existing branding and style guide to develop creative, engaging and accessible graphic design content for each program. 


The three training programs are being developed as a part of Iron & Earth’s Renewable Skills Initiative. The Renewable Skills Initiative is designed to build up the workforce required to fill the growing need for skilled solar and wind energy industry workers, while empowering our core constituency of fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to enter these industries. Our goal is to have gender parity in our programs. 

In the first phase of this initiative, Iron & Earth and the Louis Bull Tribe completed the Louis Bull Solar Daycare project, where fossil fuel industry workers and Louis Bull Tribe community members were trained in solar through the installation of a solar energy system on the roof of the community daycare. 

The goal of the next phase is to establish the training programs we need in order to bring similar sustainable energy training programs to over 70 communities across Canada by 2025.

The 5-Day CSA Solar Skills program will be designed to prepare journeyman and apprentice electricians to write the CSA solar PV exam. The wind and solar community-based programs will be accessible to all community members that have a minimum of Grade 10 education, limited to the non-electrical scope of projects. 


Mandatory qualifications

  • Proficient in creating graphic elements and layouts to spec for various formats
  • Ability to develop creative design elements to facilitate learning and understanding
  • Comfort with building on existing brand style  
  • Personal values that are aligned with Iron & Earth’s vision and philosophy
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a team of other professionals from various fields
  • Ability to organize, attend to detail and accuracy, and work within tight timelines
  • Strong communication skills

Additional skills and experience preferred

  • Experience creating graphic design for education materials
  • 2 years of design experience or degree in Graphic Design or Communication Design
  • Understanding of fossil fuel and renewable energy industries 

We especially encourage Indigenous people and people with experience in the fossil fuel industry to apply. 


Salary and hours
This is an independent contract position. Compensation is $7,700 including GST. Payment will be distributed along with deliverable milestones.

Remotely, location flexible. We have a largely mobile work environment. 


If you are interested in this position and meet the requirements, please send us:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter 
  • Link to online portfolio or attachments containing recent relevant work

Please note that we require all three of the above so be sure to include each of them!

Include in your cover letter: a summary of your experience doing graphic design for education/training materials, what excites you about working with Iron & Earth, when you are available to start the contract, and any experience you have in the fossil fuel and/or renewable energy industries. Please note that there will be a concentrated workload during the first two months of the contract.

Send this email with the subject line “Graphic Designer Contract” to and send your application package in one PDF titled “Last name_first name_application”.

Applications will be considered on a continuing basis until the posting closes on November 25, 2019.

Thank you for your interest!

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