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Become an Iron & Earth Instructor



Closing date: Sunday, April 11 (Midnight)

Job type: Student (As an Independent Contractor)

Program start and end date: April 17 - May 15 (4 weeks + one day) 

Number of hours: 20hrs total (2hr of live instruction x 5 days of live instruction) + (2.5 hrs/week of additional coursework x 4 weeks)

Compensation for participation in the program: $1150 (+ GST if applicable)

Location: Online


Iron & Earth formed around the lunchroom tables of the Canadian 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. 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 base of over 1000 fossil fuel industry worker members and have carried out a wide range of innovative initiatives.

Iron & Earth is a worker-led organization whose mission is to empower fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to build and implement climate solutions. Our overarching intention is to help create an environmentally and socially prosperous planet. Our vision is that fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers will play a leading role in building the policy and infrastructure required to reach global climate targets. Our top-level goal is to help ensure a prosperous transition towards global carbon neutrality by 2050. 

We carry out our unique purpose through our regional chapters, national advocacy campaigns, upskilling programs, climate mitigation projects, technology platforms and community building events.


Iron & Earth has developed four new rapid upskilling programs that are ready for delivery:

  1. 10-Day Solar Skills for Electricians
  2. 10-Day Community Solar Skills
  3. 10-Day Community Wind Skills
  4. 10-Day RenuWell Workforce Training Program

We are now building an instructor network to begin delivering these programs! If you are interested in delivering one or more of our training programs, please apply by April 11th to participate in our Train the Trainer (TtT) program. 

We are looking for experienced electricians and other tradespeople that are passionate about renewable energy and climate solutions to take the TtT program, and subsequently, be available to deliver our programs starting in 2021 or 2022.

We are accepting applications from candidates across Canada and have a particular need for instructors who are based in Taber (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Maskwacis (Alberta), and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Instructors will be paid between $400-800/day during the delivery of our programs, pending experience, qualifications and ability to provide equipment required for projects (see information below about the potential to deliver our programs).


The Train the Trainer (TtT) program will provide instructors with familiarity with each of our four training programs as well as the ability to effectively navigate the program materials. The TtT program will be delivered by Scott Meunier, who was the lead instructional designer of these programs. 

The TtT program will include two hour-long live instructional training session, every Saturday on these dates, between 9-11 am MT:

  1. Saturday, April 17 
  2. Saturday, April 24 
  3. Saturday, May 1 
  4. Saturday, May 8 
  5. Saturday, May 15


We will be delivering a minimum of three training programs in Summer 2021:

  1. 10-Day RenuWell Workforce Training Program in Taber, Alberta 
  2. 10-Day Community Solar Skills in Maskwacis, Alberta
  3. 10-Day Community Wind Skills in Maskwacis, Alberta

We may also have an opportunity to deliver our solar and wind energy training programs in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador in Summer 2021. We plan to expand our training delivery beyond our current activities in Alberta and Newfoundland & Labrador, and eventually bring our training to every province and territory across Canada. 

While not every instructor that graduates from the Train the Trainer program will have the opportunity to deliver our programs in 2021, there is an increasing level of support for our approach to training delivery and we anticipate an increasing scope of opportunities starting in 2022. Therefore, we are building instructor capacity now so that we are ready to scale the delivery of our programs as soon as we secure the necessary funding and contracts for additional projects. 

Our overarching goal is to rapidly upskill 1000+ fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers into climate solutions by 2025. We are going to be developing a number of additional 10-day training programs in energy efficiency, hydrogen, nature-based solutions, geothermal, biofuels and many more. By joining our instructor network, you may have the opportunity to participate in the development of and/or delivery of these future programs. 

As noted above, instructors will be paid between $400-800/day during the delivery of our programs, pending experience, qualifications and ability to provide equipment required for projects.


Unique elements of our 10-Day rapid upskilling programs include:

  1. Delivery of our programs in remote and rural communities
  2. Designed for, and focused delivery for, fossil fuel industry workers and Indigenous community members
  3. Five days of hands-on experience: installing a working renewable energy system
  4. Indigenous ways of knowing reflected in the course structure and content
  5. Connections career mentorship program for program graduates

Our unique model requires unique instructors

Due to the hands-on experience we provide during our training programs, we are prioritizing building an instructor network of electricians that own their own contracting companies. However, we are accepting applications from individuals who do not meet this specific requirement as there will be opportunities for a diverse set of instructional skills. 


Mandatory qualities

  • Skills, experience, and qualifications that make you an effective and engaging instructor
  • Experience with and deep knowledge of solar and/or wind energy
  • Personal values that are aligned with our organization’s mission and objectives
  • Understanding of Canada’s energy industry, Indigenous truth & reconciliation, and climate change

Must meet one of the following:

  • Electrical contractor
  • Solar installation contractor
  • Wellsite services contractor
  • Extensive experience as a foreman or supervisor in a relevant trade to solar and/or wind energy
  • Extensive experience as an instructor and hold a journeyman ticket in a relevant trade to solar and/or wind energy

Additional skills and experience preferred

  • Teaching/instructor experience
  • Foreman experience for solar, wind energy, or oil well services
  • Well abandonment and/or remediation experience


To apply, please submit your resume in PDF format to [email protected], including:

  • A cover letter outlining why you’d make a great Iron & Earth Instructor and why you want to take the TtT program (brief, one-page maximum, can be shorter) 
  • CV (2 pages maximum)

We recognize that the new economy must be grounded in a recognition of Indigenous peoples’ right to be self-determining over their lands and resources, in accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and strive to contribute to building a new economy that reflects this principle. We especially encourage and welcome Indigenous candidates to apply for this role. 

We thank all applicants for your interest in our organization and the time spent on your application, however, only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest!