Shared Value Internship

Paid 8-month position for First Nation, Métis or Inuit Intern:



 “I thought it was a long shot that I’d get this job when it was open to Indigenous people   all across Canada. But I applied anyway and I got it”.

                                                                            Jonathan Rickard- 2016 Shared Value Intern from Moose Cree First Nation


This opportunity is for you

Shared Value Solutions’ (SVS) is accepting applications for our annual 8-month paid internship for an Indigenous Canadian who is a graduate of a college, university or ECO Canada BEAHR program with an environmental or social science focus.

This is an internship opportunity where you can achieve your objectives around:

Career Development – build your employment experience, skills, and networks in the environmental sector

Experience with Lands and Resources Issues – build capacity within Indigenous nations to address the complex environmental issues that they face, including the Duty to Consult and Accommodate, land use planning, and the potential impacts of development projects

SVS’s goal is to support interns in continuing to build their capacity to be able to lead their communities and take part in nation-building in to the future.

Interns will work from SVS’s office in Guelph, Ontario, Canada for 5 months and then return to their home community to work for the remaining 3 months of the paid placement period.

How to apply

  • Applications must include:
    • Resume outlining any qualifications for the position (graduation from a university or college program with an environmental or social science focus and any relevant work or volunteer experiences). Note, past experience in consulting is not required.
  • Cover letter explaining 1) why the applicant feels that they are the best candidate and 2) what the candidate would like to accomplish through the internship both with SVS and in their community.
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding (see Appendix A) completed by 1) a host community mentor who the intern would report to and 2) a representative of the candidate’s host First Nation, Métis or Inuit community or other Indigenous organization who has signing authority.


  • Pay $20.00 per hour for 35 hours per week for 32 weeks (total $22,400.00).
  • Up to $350 in workshop, conference and/or external training attendance to be covered.
  • Estimated $2,500 investment in career coaching, in-house training, and leadership training services to be provided to the intern over the 8-month period.
  • Internship start date is flexible.

How it works

  • The Intern will work from SVS’s Guelph, Ontario office for the first 5 months and will work in their host community (e.g. for the Lands and Resources department, Economic Development department, Consultation department, or similar) or another Indigenous organization (e.g. Tribal Council) for the next 3 months. The full 8-month salary will be covered by SVS.
  • Depending on the interests of the individual and the projects at the time, the work could involve: land use planning; mapping / GIS; oral history interviewing; environmental assessment technical review and impact assessment support; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; Internet research; historic and document reviews; report writing; economic development support; meeting attendance; strategic planning; facilitation; assisting in providing training; proposal, work plan and budget preparation; project coordination; marketing and communications; filmmaking; graphics; or other. Personal goals will be set with the intern at the beginning of their internship.
  • Interns must communicate on their activities and learning at least once per month to their host community mentor throughout the first 5 months and are requested to continue communicating on their activities and learning to SVS throughout the next 3 months.
  • Interns will set goals, be mentored and have opportunities to attend workshops, conferences, training and receive career coaching throughout the 8-month period.
  • Interns and their host community mentors will be supported in seeking funding opportunities and models to continue the position past the 8-month internship period if of interest.

For a list of frequently asked questions Click Here.

About Shared Value Solutions

We have an unshakable commitment to a land where all peoples can reach their full potential, share prosperity, and uphold their rights. All of this begins and ends with healthy lands and waters. In the spirit of collaboration, respect and friendship, we work alongside visionary leaders and their communities to fulfill these commitments.

SVS is a consulting firm whose core business is in regulatory and Environmental Assessment support and strategy; land use and occupancy (aka “traditional knowledge”) and archaeology studies; Indigenous and private sector business partnerships; and community consultation and engagement. SVS offers BEAHR certified training in Environmental Site Assessment, Environmental Monitoring, and Land Use Planning, but for the most part this job will be desk based.

Our mission is to “have fun, make money, do good, and do good work”. For more information on what we do:



If you are interested, please complete the attached forms and submit them with your resume and cover letter.  If you have questions or require support with your application, let us know by email and we can help.  

A phone call with your mentor to confirm their support of your application is a mandatory part of the interview process. We will only phone mentors for those applicants who are interviewed for the position.

Click here to see the signed Memorandum of Understanding in Appendix A.




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