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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.

Since 2021, under our current Executive Director, Iron & Earth has undergone cultural safety and anti-racist training in the fall of 2021 and 2022, and the organization has diversified to have Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, and racialized staff. The Board of Directors consist of 40% Indigenous and 40% women. Staff numbers increased from a core team of 6 to over 30 persons. Our mandate now centers the most vulnerable to build relationships with those who tend to be left out of mainstream narratives. We now see local initiatives as a gathering of individuals seeking their own social transformation, moving beyond our previous Chapter model. We understand that this work is ongoing, which is why we are developing our internal policies and procedures, and our hiring practices with a decolonial and anti-racist lens, as well as make the cultural safety and anti-racist training a yearly event. We are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between our workers and the community.


PTC is hiring 2 student research positions to undertake and report on research in the following policy areas, in relation to a JUST TRANSITION:

  1. Federal and provincial reports and platform commitments;
  2. Grassroots advocacy work - publications and/or single issue community-based research projects;
  3. Historical research on issues linked to climate change and human development, relating to emerging policy and funding issues in Canada OR in countries impacting Canadian socioeconomic state;
  4. Indigenous issues relating to environmental discrimination;
  5. Issues relating to environmental discrimination;
  6. Environmental racism and systems of oppression in climate change;
  7. Institutionalized forms of environmental oppression;
  8. Innovation and effective solutions within the clean energy industry;
  9. Areas of personal interest that are related to PTC work in general.

The research will be added to the PTC knowledge database and allow our team to stay up to date on the key conversations in the field. As the student researcher, you will review the literature available on these important topics and provide reports to the rest of the team.  At the end of the contract period, you will produce a formal written or oral report, summarizing the breadth of your research, and your key takeaways. These reports or other research summaries may be featured on the Iron & Earth Website, or otherwise made available to the public.

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


  • Research, read and summarize relevant reports, academic articles, books and publications; 
  • Provide informal bi-weekly updates (or as needed) on thematic policy and research interests;
  • Provide a formal written or oral report at the end of the contract on the work accomplished within the duration of the contract.


  • Enrolled in a post-secondary institution;
  • Legally able to work in Canada;
  • General knowledge of or interest in research 
    • Training available and collaboration is encouraged.
  • Access to internet or physical copies of research materials is an asset;


Compensation and Hours

This is a part time contract position. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


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.