Communications Specialist, Energy Futures Lab


About the Energy Futures Lab:

The Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is an Alberta-based coalition of innovators and leading organizations working together to advance solutions aligned with our 2050 vision for Canada's energy future. Powered by The Natural Step Canada, the EFL was created in 2015 as a response to harmful polarization on energy issues, which landed Alberta’s energy system at the centre of a complex, fragmented and divisive debate. As a social innovation lab, we address these issues by collaborating across traditional, organizational and sectoral boundaries.

About the Natural Step Canada:

The Natural Step Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization with decades of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress toward sustainability.  Our vision is a sustainable society – one in which individuals, communities, businesses and institutions thrive within nature’s limits. 

About the position:

20 - 25 hrs/week in a remote term contract position.

The Energy Futures Lab is seeking an experienced communications professional to join its team. The selected candidate will report to the Communications Lead, Emma Gammans, while working to ensure the team’s broader needs are met in a timely manner.

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field, obtained from an accredited university
  • A minimum of 3 - 5 years working in communications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A strong understanding of how various factors (social, technological, political etc.) are currently shaping Alberta and Canada’s energy system
  • Comfort working within a virtual environment (using Zoom, Google Workspace, etc.)

What you’ll do: 

  • Work across the EFL platform to support the Lab’s ongoing and evolving communications efforts
  • Supporting the development of communications strategies
  • Track developments and emerging trends shaping Alberta and Canada’s energy landscape
  • Help increase the EFL’s influence and credibility through the deployment of honest, well-researched stories
  • Foster existing and new relationships with key media contacts
  • Write, revise and copy-edit EFL communications to ensure all messaging is strategic, succinct, on-brand and thoughtfully executed
  • Create interesting and timely content for the EFL’s social media channels
  • Support and attend EFL events and workshops as required
  • Attend the EFL’s weekly team meeting

The ideal candidate:

This role requires a proactive, self-motivated professional whose willingness to learn and dive in lets them thrive in a dynamic and fast-changing environment. The Energy Futures Lab also fosters a unique workplace culture and we are looking for someone who values being part of a team focused on creating lasting and meaningful change. While the EFL team works remotely, occasional travel may be required (Covid-19 measures will apply to in-person workshops), so it is preferred that the Communications Specialist be located in Alberta. Proven, related experience is required for this part-time, flexible position.  

What you’ll bring:

  • An ability to engage in strategic and systems-level thinking and planning
  • Confidence communicating complex information in accessible and unique ways
  • Independent decision-making ability and a desire to continue learning
  • An awareness and openness towards the multitude of perspectives and identities sewn into Canada’s social fabric
  • Excellent social skills and the ability to collaborate with different stakeholders and members of the EFL community
  • Knowledge relating to Canada’s evolving energy sector


  • Experience with design tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Canva
  • Resides in Alberta

To apply for this position:

We encourage interested applicants to familiarize themselves with the Energy Futures Lab vision, fellows and portfolio of initiatives. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to by Monday, May 10, 2021.