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Iron & Earth is a worker-led, non-profit organization that was 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 skills were transferable to the renewable energy industry and recognized the urgency of diversifying into these technologies.


Iron & Earth has created a Mentorship program as part of  the Climate Career Portal to support fossil fuel and Indigenous workers to build and implement climate solutions. Through one-on-one sessions with mentees, mentors will provide support and guidance to workers who want to diversify their skills or find work in the net-zero economy. 

Iron & Earth is looking for Mentors who can commit between one to fifteen (1-15) hours per month on a part-time and contract basis.  As mentorship sessions are  scheduled by prospective Mentees, the actual workload will vary from month to month based on demand. 

Sessions, therefore,  will only be scheduled based on mentor availability,  using the scheduling software Calendly.  This gives mentors the freedom to reduce or increase their available hours based on their personal schedule. Mentors will report to the Innovation & STEM Manager and will also work closely with the Mentorship Coordinator. 

Our team welcomes Indigenous Peoples, racialized persons and people with diverse abilities, genders and sexualities, as well as, individuals with fossil fuel industry experience. 


  • Provide Mentor services to Iron & Earth. These sessions will be scheduled by the Mentee through the Climate Career Portal;
  • Act in accordance with Iron & Earth Mentorship values and guidelines as will be outlined in the document “Mentor Orientation Package”;
  • Keep their availability up to date and accurate through the scheduling software Calendly so that sessions can be booked to provide Mentorship services;
  • Submit a brief and high level summary of each Mentorship session to the Innovation & STEM Manager;
  • Submit a monthly invoice detailing the number of sessions completed, session, and the name of the Mentees to the Innovation & STEM Manager;
  • Attend Mentorship events including panel discussions, Mentor training sessions, or other related activities. 


Mentors should have most of the following qualifications:

  • Strong experience in the renewable energy or sustainability sector
  • Former experience in the oil and gas industry
  • Experience in the skilled trades
  • Experience in leadership or mentorship roles 


Compensation and hours

Mentors are compensated at a rate of $70/hour per  session. 


Anywhere in Canada, as we are a completely remote organization.  Work hours should overlap with Eastern time zone. 

How to apply

If you want to make a change in the world we live in, send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include in your email how you heard about this opportunity. We want to thank you in advance for your interest, however, due to the high number of applicants, only selected candidates will be contacted.

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Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.