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Renewable Skills Assistant Instructor - Mihkowapikwaniy Cultural Camp, Lubicon Lake, Alberta


Iron & Earth is working toward a future where the workforce is dynamically engaged in a thriving green economy. We envision broad participation in the Just Transition, leading to strengthened economic and climate resilience, expanded accessibility to sustainable energy solutions, and meaningful careers. A Just Transition is one that secures the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

Iron & Earth acknowledges the links between colonialism and climate change, and supports a Just Transition that is informed and led by Indigenous land stewardship.

Established in 2016 by fossil fuel workers, Iron & Earth was sparked by growing concerns of climate change and a collective desire to build a more prosperous and sustainable future.  We believe that if managed well, environmentally and socially sustainable economies can become strong drivers of job creation.

Our vision extends beyond workforce mobilization to foster a community-driven transformation, where people actively contribute to a sustainable and equitable future, for their communities and the planet.

Our team welcomes Indigenous Peoples, racialized persons, people with diverse abilities, genders and sexualities, as well as people with fossil fuel industry experience. We truly value everyone and take  steps to accommodate all persons in our workplace.  


Iron & Earth and Dexterra Community Initiatives (DCI) have entered into a partnership to carry out the 2024 Introduction to Renewable Energies Training Program. This program aims to provide Indigenous youth participants with industry training certificates and a deeper focus on solar energy and associated industries in Alberta.

The 2-day training program will be incorporated into the DCI 6-week OYEP Albertans Summer Camps scheduled to take place in North AB and South AB during the summer of 2024. Iron & Earth will organize a community event in collaboration with OYEP and the host community to involve members from the summer camp local First Nation, where applicable.

The project benefits include providing participants with an overview of renewable energies, insight into post-secondary programs and career pathways, and the opportunity to attract other industry partners and media coverage.


Working as the Assistant Instructor for this project is going to be exciting and challenging at the same time. The responsibilities of this project can be divided into three different stages: preparation, delivery and evaluation. 


Enroll in the online Iron & Earth Train the Trainer program and successfully complete the course by June 15, 2024. This includes approximately 20 hours of self-serve training, online calls, and onboarding with the Renewable Skills team.


After the successful completion of the Train the Trainer program, be the Assistant Instructor and deliver the 2024 Introduction to Renewable Energies and Career Pathways Training Program, ensuring high-quality educational experiences and including in-class activities and talking circles for all participants.

The training will take place between August 19 and 21, 2024 at the Mihkowapikwaniy Cultural Camp, Lubicon Lake, AB. Daily training instruction hours are approximately 8.5 hours with breaks and between 8:00  am to 5:30 pm MT.

While you are there you will need to take photos and videos and upload them into the Iron & Earth Shared drive daily.

You will not be working alone during the delivery.  A Lead Instructor will be provided by Iron & Earth because we know that teamwork makes the dream work! 


As we are continuously aiming to improve, your feedback will play an important role. After the delivery is over, you will need to provide thorough evaluation post-training and suggest any necessary changes needed to optimize the course for future deliveries. The marking of a successful delivery will be a focus group meeting with the Renewable Skills team and the community partners in September 2024.


We talked about Iron & Earth, about the project and about the different responsibilities that are coming with it. Now let’s talk a little bit about you. Here are the qualities that we look for in the ideal candidate:

  • Effective and engaging instructor skills, experience, and qualifications;
  • Deep knowledge of solar and/or wind energy;
  • Understanding of Canada's energy industry, Indigenous truth & reconciliation, and climate change;
  • Alignment with Iron & Earth's mission and objectives.

Here are some of skills and experiences that count as a bonus for this project:

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

You must meet one of the following:

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

And lastly, here are some additional Iron & Earth requirements:

  • Utilize the Iron & Earth provided email address  and Google Workspace;
  • Submit invoices  according to Iron & Earth guidelines; 
  • Submit activity reports to supervisor as directed;
  • Workspace for all communications, file storage, and transfer, in accordance with the Iron & Earth Google Drive Policy;
  • Respond to any written communication within 7 calendar days;
  • Be available during the training program dates and able to travel to the training location;
  • Access and edit training materials and deliver training sessions via the Google Classroom platform;
  • Provide Iron & Earth with a criminal record/vulnerable sector check before signing the contract;
  • Reside within a 150 km radius of Mihkowapikwaniy Cultural Camp, Lubicon Lake, Alberta, including nearby communities.
  • Successful completion of Iron & Earth’s Train the Trainer program is mandatory;


Compensation and Hours

This is a contracted position. Compensation is under the form of a flat fee for each part of the project. A detailed breakdown of the compensation and what is included will be provided during the interview process.

Lunch during the training delivery will be arranged directly by Iron & Earth’s partner at the training venue.

Upon the successful completion of this contract, the candidate will be awarded with the opportunity to be the Assistant Instructor for the next planned delivery.


As this is an in person delivery, we require the candidates to be resigning within a 150 Km radius of Mihkowapikwaniy Cultural Camp, Lubicon Lake, Alberta.

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.  

You've read all this way,  you may as well apply!

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.