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Local Wind Training Program Champion


Iron & Earth is a 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.

Throughout 2020, Iron & Earth worked with Desmond Bull from the Louis Bull Tribe to develop two community-based rapid upskilling programs for fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers: a solar program and a wind energy program. These programs include in-class work and hands-on training which involves the installation of a small solar or wind energy system.

In 2022, we partnered with Maskwacis Cultural College (MCC) for the first time and delivered a Community Solar Skills Training Program in April and a Community Wind Skills Training Program in August. 


We are proud to be partnering again in 2023 with Maskwacis Cultural College (MCC), as well as Pigeon Lake Health Centre, to host a new session of the Community Wind Skills Training Program in Fall 2023.

To make sure our program is a success, we are looking for a Local Wind Training Skills Champion to foster community interest, provide information to potential participants, and support event logistics and planning. The Local Wind Training Skills Champion will play an important role in building engagement, and connecting their community with future skills training programs and opportunities. 


  • Provide context for your local community and act as a community representative for the upcoming Wind Skills Training Program in Maskwacis this Fall 2023;
  • Collaborate with the Renewable Skills team in the development of local community engagement and knowledge transfer for the program iteration;
  • Attend local events in Maskwacis Four First Nations to foster community interest around the Wind Skills Training Program and provide detailed information to potential participants;
  • Attend local Iron & Earth community events and be versatile in your role,  (this could include leadership and facilitation);
  • Facilitate communications between Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers and the Renewable Skills team;
  • Represent the interests of Iron & Earth on behalf of workers, communities and Indigenous people in interactions with local policymakers and municipal governments;
  • Support the Renewable Skills team to coordinate the integration of cultural awareness teachings and local content  into the training program;
  • Collect feedback about the Wind Training Skills Program and Iron & Earth from community members;
  • Support event logistics in Maskwacis communities.


  • Strong facilitation skills;
  • Interested in building relationships within the community;
  • Access to stable internet;
  • Availability to attend weekly meeting with the Renewable Skills team and their partners (up to one hour);
  • Previous experience working with the community is an asset;
  • Former participant from one of the 2022 Iron & Earth Community Skills training program, a strong asset but not mandatory.


Compensation and Hours

This is a 3 to 6 hour per week contract position. Expected contract period from September 5, 2023 until November 2023, with the possibility of extension until March 2024. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


Iron & Earth is a completely remote organization, however this position is an in person position, and the candidate should be located within Makswascis. 

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.

We believe in everyone. We see the strength in your unique history.  

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

Iron & Earth is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.