ECO Canada Internship Programs
Creating jobs for Canada’s environmental workforce.
Internship Programs: EYC & Natural Resources
Funding is provided through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons Program and Natural Resource Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy Science and Technology Internship Program. Our internship programs give eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or natural resources up to 50% of an intern’s salary (up to $15,000) for new full-time environmental jobs.
If you are an interested Employer (Host), please fill out an application and our internship team will determine which internship program your role best aligns with.
If you are an interested intern, please fill out the application form and once you find an eligible employer the role will be evaluated and matched according to which internship program it aligns with best.
Note: To be eligible for the program you must meet all of the requirements below. No exceptions to the eligibility requirements will be made.
To be eligible for funding the role must be a full-time permanent position and have a positive environmental impact.
Examples of eligible roles related to:
- Research assistant to collect historical data, run models, and assess climate change impacts
- Environmental coordinator determining and implementing best management practices for sustainable farming
- Lab technician analysing water samples from sites to determine the contamination levels.
- Software designer to create smart grid technologies.
- GIS analyst focused on animal movements in Northern Canada.
- Design engineer to develop environmental monitoring equipment for greenhouse gases.
- Energy Engineer to identify and quantify the opportunity for projects involving Demand Response, efficiency, renewable technologies, management and operating improvements to major energy using equipment.
- Home Energy Modeller to calculate thermal performance of building with a goal of recommending and implementing energy efficient options.
- Marine Geoscience Technologist to conduct geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs.
- Forest Systems Modelling Specialist providing support and expertise on model-based systems and sub-systems, as well as educating and supporting the wider organizational objectives.
- Geomatics Technologist to conduct in-field surveys, office calculations and the production of plans to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features on the earth’s surface, underground and underwater.
We’ll review an application and email the organization or candidate within 10 business days with their status (approved, pending or declined).
Once a host has found an intern, they will contact us and make sure that their candidate also applies to the program and receives approval. When both parties are approved, the host will contact us so that we can complete the match.
Interns are responsible for finding a host the same way to finding any other employment opportunities. Once an intern is approved they will receive documentation that will help them sell themselves and their pre-approval status.
After you and your host are matched, we’ll send a host contract, intern contract, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form, and Participation Information Form to start the internship and specify wage subsidy payments. Interns need to sign and send the intern contract and Participant Information Form (PIF) back. Hosts need to sign and send the host contract, EFT form and a void cheque.
After you and your host are matched, we’ll send a contract, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form, and Participation Information Form (PIF) to start the internship and specify wage subsidy payments. Interns need to sign and send the intern agreement and PIF back. Hosts need to sign and send the contract agreement and EFT form.
Throughout the internship, you’ll need to provide Intern and Host Reports, and salary documentation by all scheduled due dates. We require this information before we can pay the host wage subsidy installments.
The Internship Team may also conduct periodic monitoring calls and site visits.
Note: If we do not receive this documentation from you within 2 weeks of the due dates, your internship will be revoked.
The eligibility requirements are set by the government funding body and not by ECO Canada. No exceptions to the requirements will be made.
Host: A host is an eligible employer, who works in or on projects in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or natural resources and is creating a new full-time environmental job.
Intern: An intern meets the eligibility requirements and is ready to enter the environmental workforce. The intern is prepared to transition into a full-time environmental job upon completion of the internship.
Permanent Role: A permanent role means the intern is an employee at the organization — not on contract, not a short-term hire, summer student, co-op student or intern in the traditional sense. The intention is for you as the host organization to keep your intern on as a long-term employee when the program is completed.
Full-time: On a weekly basis, a full-time employee is considered to be about 37.5-40 hours per week.
Hire new talent for your team.
Gain new skills, fresh ideas and enthusiasm from a future star employee. 90% of ECO Canada interns are hired permanently.
Internships typically last for 12 months and are intended to lead to permanent employment. To be considered, your interns start date must be within 30 days of being approved.
Ready to apply? You’ll need the salary information, role description, and a training plan. The application will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can also save your application and return to it a later date.
- Are roles related to sustainability eligible?
- How much money will my organization receive?
- Can I hire someone before my application is reviewed?
- I recently hired someone, am I still eligible to receive funding?
- Can I apply for more than one internship?
- How long do I have to recruit an intern?
- What if I need an extension on my hiring timeline?
- What happens if I need to make a change on my contract?
- What do the dates in the host contract mean?
- Can I receive payments more frequently than every quarter?
RECEIVING WAGE SUBSIDY
- What documentation do I need to provide?
- What do I need to report on? Should I be keeping notes during the quarter?
- How will I know when my reports are due?
- When/where do I submit reports?
- What salary documentation is acceptable?
Find meaningful environmental jobs.
Apply for pre-approval to become an intern in our EYC or Natural Resources Programs. Once you’ve been pre-approved, you’ll need to find an eligible employer to host your internship. This employer must also apply for and receive approval to participate in the program.
The internship starts once you and your host have received approval, been matched, and provided all final contracts and salary documentation.
- How do I apply?
- Am I still eligible?
- How does the program work?
- What resources are available if I don’t meet the requirements?
- Are there exceptions to the eligibility requirements?
FINDING A HOST
- What’s the deadline to find a host?
- Can I have worked for the host before?
- What organizations are eligible?
- Are government departments eligible organizations?
- Do you have a list of eligible organizations?