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Technical and Policy Analyst – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Organization: Pembina Institute

Position Title: Technical and Policy Analyst

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Competitive salary based on skills, experience, and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Position Dates: Start July 30, 2013.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2013.

Posted On: June 10, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Pembina Institute is an independent, not-for-profit environmental policy research and education organization that promotes sustainable energy systems. It is an internationally recognized though out leader on sustainable energy systems. It uniquely combines the public interest mandate and co-operative environment of a non-profit with the entrepreneurial culture of a small business and the intellectual rigor of a think tank.

We offer a unique work environment that allows you to undertake projects aligned with your personal values; that rewards good ideas and personal initiative; and that gives you the chance to collaborate with smart and experienced colleagues who are passionate about what they do.


We are seeking an outgoing and resourceful Technical and Policy Analyst with three to five years of experience in energy resource management and the environment who is committed to helping Canada and Alberta to transition towards a sustainable energy future. The full-time (4o hours a week) position may require travel and requires occasional work on evenings and weekends.

The Technical and Policy Analyst position is a hybrid position whereby you will spend time working within the oil sands program, as well as time on consulting projects with the Arctic and public sector services program areas. In addition, this position will require you to raise awareness about the implications of oil sands development, advocate for potential solutions and support the INstitute’s approach to engaging with provincial and federal governments. First Nations, corporations and other NGOs in managing impacts and driving improvements in environmental performance in the oil sands. This position will also require research, analytical work and writing in support of consulting projects with the public sector services and Arctic programs.


  • Research and assemble technical information in order to assess and communicate the environmental impacts of oil sands development in accurate, compelling and accessible language
  • Draft, refine, and build support for specific environmental policy proposals, working in collaboration with allies in the industry, community, government and non-profit sectors
  • Review and understand the conclusions presented in environmental impact assessments for major oil sands projects
  • Conduct research, writing and analysis as it relates to deliverables relating to oil sands, Arctic or public sector services projects
  • Present Pembina’s views on oil sands to the media and external audiences
  • Project management tasks, such as managing budgets and reporting



  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, planning, public policy or related studies in the antural sciences; graduate degree preferred

Preferred Employment or Research Experience

  • Experience in providing consulting services to clients
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative technical research in the area of energy, environment, and policy
  • Familiarity with relevant topics such as oil sands, natural resources management, economics, and environmental law
  • Technical expertise in either climate policy, water policy, aquatic ecology, toxicology, or air emissions from industrial processes
  • Understanding of the environmental impacts of unconventional energy development
  • Strong research, writing, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent data analysis, computer skills (i.e. Excel)
  • Ability to coordinate workshops, events and meetings
  • Familiarity with environmental impact assessment, environment management/decision making. political decision-making, resource economics, and/or principles of environmental protection
  • Ability to respond effectively to phone and email inquiries from the public or professional agencies
  • Experience with a government agency, Aboriginal organization, energy resource development company, environmental consulting firm, or environmental organization would be considered an asset
  • Understanding and experience with the media

People and Organizational Skills

  • Team player
  • Ability to communicate and connect with a wide range of people; for example, an energy executive, a government employee, a First Nation elder, or a quiet workshop participant
  • Experience making presentations in public and private settings
  • Strong instinct for tailoring the message to the audience
  • Comfort with vocally dissenting or disagreeing with groups or individuals, when necessary
  • Highly skilled at juggling multiple projects; ability to balance and prioritize between urgent and longer-term deliverables

Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and social change

  • This can be through your educational, professional, and volunteer experience.

How to Apply:

Email to careers@pembina.orgwith subject line specifying position you’re applying and last name:

  • Cover letter (max. two pages) explaining your interest in working with Pembina and resume outlining your skills, education and experience (as one document)
  • Professional writing sample (ie. publication major paper)
  • Please save your cover letter and resume as a PDF using the naming convention lastnamefirstletter-resume-TechnicalPolicyAnalyst-2013.pdf (example: smithm-resume-TechnicalPolicyAnalyst-2013.pdf)
  • Applications linked to online portfolios and/or other resources will also be accepted as long as they are accessible online and accompanied by a written resume and cover letter
  • Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • Preferred start date: July 2013

Contact Information:

Pembina Institute,

Edmonton Office: Suite 602, 10025-106 St. Edmonton AB, T5J 1G4 Canada

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