Position Title:  Clean Energy Trades Trainee Cohort (10 positions, 3-month term followed by 9-month job placement, training is included)

Division:           Energy                                                               

Reports to:      Senior Manager, Energy

Organization Overview

Clean is a Nova Scotia-based independent, non-governmental environmental charity that began in 1988. Our passion is providing the knowledge, tools and inspiration needed to encourage the actions that lead to positive environmental change. We support the fair transition to a cleaner economy and greener society. To achieve this, we work collaboratively with our many partners to:

Reduce energy poverty

Promote social equity and support historically marginalized communities

Develop the clean economy workforce

Protect the natural environment

Educate and promote action on climate change

Summary of the Position:

Running from August 2021 to September 2022, Clean’s Energy Trades Trainee program is seeking 10 Indigenous candidates interested in a career in the trades that support Nova Scotia’s clean energy & efficiency retrofit economy.  Through a uniquely created hands-on training program, trainees will obtain a working knowledge of innovative and clean energy-focused construction and renovation practices. Participants will work with Clean’s team of Energy Advisors and trainers for 3 months, and will then have an opportunity to work with one of Clean’s trade partners for an additional 9 month placement.

Graduates from this program will be equipped with all the knowledge, skills, abilities, equipment, and connections required to enter a growing high-demand workforce in Nova Scotia. Graduates will also obtain a background in building science that will allow them to pursue further training in the trades, or as Certified Energy Advisors.

To be considered for positions within this training cohort, applicants must indicate their eligibility by self-identifying as Indigenous community members.

Trainees will receive:

A competitive salary throughout the training and work placement.

Safety certifications, first aid training, half-mask respirators, etc.

A toolkit of equipment to support you in your future career in the trades.

In-class training from Clean’s team of energy advisors as well as industry-leading training professionals.

Hands-on experience conducting energy and environmental renovations in the field.

Fully paid access to Natural Resources Canada’s Foundation exam.

Access to a network of potential employers across Nova Scotia.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Communications: Be an active and engaged participant in all in-class and field-based training activities. Ask questions of your instructor and peers and promote an environment of learning. Communicate with the Lead – Internal Relations to develop and manage an ongoing appointment schedule. Communicate clearly with clients about the upgrades that will be taking place in their homes, letting them know how work you are doing will help the environment, save them money, and make them more comfortable in their homes.

Field Work: Work alongside an experienced team of energy advisors and trade partners where you will review work orders, educate participants, and install energy efficiency upgrades such as insulation, caulking, weatherstripping, moisture prevention products, heat pumps, ventilation equipment, and other energy efficiency and/or air quality products. Take photos of your work and communicate back with Clean’s program staff.

Office Work: A large portion of your time at Clean will be spent learning about building construction and renovation practices in the classroom. You will be asked to participate fully in training activities and support your fellow learners. Work that you complete in the field will be documented by submitting photos and completed work orders. You may be asked to work with our program teams to provide feedback and support on planned work.

Health & Safety: You will be provided training in first aid, safe building operation, material safety, and safe operation of equipment required during field activities. You will also be instructed in how to use personal protective equipment to reduce risks in the workplace – including training on how to operate safely in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apprentices must review Clean’s Occupational Health & Safety Policy and always comply fully with that policy.

Required Qualifications and Assets:

A positive attitude and willingness to work collaboratively with fellow learners and an excellent support team.

Computer proficiency including Windows 10, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.

Experience working in a public-facing position.

Respect for our clients and an ability to make people feel comfortable in their own homes while conducting your work.

An interest in how buildings work and a potential career in the trades.

Experience working in the construction trades or in other client focused positions would be considered an asset.

Good communication skills.

Working Conditions:

Clean Energy Trades trainees will spend time learning in a classroom setting and performing renovations in homes across Nova Scotia. During field work, Energy Trades trainees are required to work both in and outside of the home, under inclement weather, in spaces where access or conditions may be challenging such as attics and crawl spaces, at heights up to 10 feet using ladders, and under conditions that require a respirator. Required safety equipment, mileage, and supports are available through Clean.


We expect and encourage applicants from across Nova Scotia. Travel to and from training sessions & appointments will be required and overnight lodging may sometimes be required; these travel expenses will be paid. Supports may be available for individuals participating from remote locations.

Physical Requirements:

Climbing up and down ladders.

Sitting for extended periods.

Transporting and operating construction equipment.

Lifting and carrying up to approximately 50 lbs.

Reaching and working above the head.

Use of basic hand tools.

Equity Hiring:

Clean is committed to Employment Equity and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels. This current opportunity is only available to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous. To ensure your application is considered, you are encouraged to self-identify on either your cover letter or resume.


Instructions to Apply:

Please submit a CV and cover letter to


$1,538 bi-weekly


We encourage applicants from across Nova Scotia. In-person training sessions will be taking place in Dartmouth and Sydney; however, financial support may be available for those required to travel.

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