» Feasibility & Planning Coordinator – Enhancing Coworking and Resource-Sharing Ecotrust Canada


We are an innovative non-profit striving to define a better kind of economy for British Columbia and the world. We welcome individuals who share that vision and are prepared to dream big with us.

Feasibility & Planning Coordinator – Enhancing Coworking and Resource-Sharing

Apply until: April 8, 2018

Commitment: 4 months, 35 hours/week
Start: May 7, 2018
End: August 31st, 2018
Compensation: $10,000

Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply. No exceptions, sorry, as this related to position funding. We can accept applicants from any program/department and any university in Canada.

About the NCIL

The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.

The NCIL addresses the desire to innovate within constrained conditions by providing human capacity to advance ideas, a safe space for design and experimentation, and a supported process to develop, enrich, and evaluate projects that enhance social and economic resilience in Prince Rupert. Through this initiative, new forms of collaboration and partnership will be explored across sectors; lessons learned from the projects and partnerships will be documented and shared; ideas will be incubated into viable projects; and students will be given practical opportunities to work on initiatives that increase economic and social resilience.

About Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is a city with 12,000 inhabitants, of which nearly 50% identify as First Nations. Situated in the coastal temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert is a beautiful city with historical, cultural and economic significance for British Columbia and Canada at large.

Despite having a multitude of social service organizations and non-profits, the community still struggles to address issues around mental health, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty. For small organizations, there is a severe shortage of resources, both human and financial, necessary to increase their impact and address the persistent social challenges. The same challenges are facing small businesses and entrepreneurs, who struggle to compete and succeed. With a declining retail sector and a competitive funding environment for non-profit organizations, many are open to a new approach to working on projects and business ideas; one that can reduce costs, break down communication silos, and provide the essential resources for successful operations.

Enhancing Coworking and Resource Sharing: Project Overview

Prince Rupert operates under financial and human capital constraints that limit the capacity and effectiveness of community builders, especially small-scale organizations and entrepreneurs. Amidst high business and residential taxes, expensive commercial renting spaces, and a small population base, those looking to build up Prince Rupert social and economic conditions must do so on a shoestring, and often out of their own homes. While some organizations flourish and bring many benefits to Prince Rupert, it remains a challenge to access the information, resources and capital to get ideas off the ground and bring innovative projects to fruition.

Given this context, the North Coast Innovation Lab aims to explore the possible ways of redirecting and pooling existing resources and infrastructure to enhance the capacity of community builders and entrepreneurs. This could involve scoping of coworking spaces and taking inventory of public work spaces, exploring the related program and service demands within the community, and finding ways to complement existing entrepreneurship and civic group programs. Improving coworking and resource-sharing capacity in Prince Rupert may offer a practical, community-wide benefits that address the limitations many are facing alone.

Feasibility & Planning Coordinator

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, curious, and driven graduate student to join our team in May 2018 to help incubate a community-driven project with social and economic goals. This is a four-month, paid, full-time internship opportunity under Ecotrust Canada, and will involve working with an advisory group of community organizations in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

You will be primarily responsible for determining appropriate methodologies to achieve the goals of your work. You will also be expected to contribute to lab activities including research, communications, and partner engagement. You will be supervised and receive ongoing mentorship and support from the North Coast Innovation Lab and Ecotrust Canada teams.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Take inventory of existing meeting and working spaces in Prince Rupert, including their accessibility, usage, location, management, and plans for future use
  • Research the need for coworking and resource sharing in Prince Rupert, primarily through interviews with entrepreneurs, non-profit managers, event planners, and other community builders
  • Identify the existing community programs and initiatives around entrepreneurship, capacity building, student engagement, and practical education programs to determine if and how they might benefit from a designated coworking and resource centre
  • Propose detailed plans for enhancing coworking and resource sharing Prince Rupert – including project assets, perceived benefits, utility, and intended outcomes

Desired Skills and Capabilities

  • Ability to conduct online and offline research, interviews, data collection and synthesis
  • Ability to collaborate and connect with a variety of stakeholders from different cultures, classes and perspectives
  • An understanding, or desire to learn, about the economic impacts resource-sharing and coworking for small, remote communities
  • Interest and/or experience in community development, social enterprise, project planning/ management, and/or business development
  • A positive attitude and open mind to new and innovative community development and social innovation approaches to challenges
  • A desire to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!

How to Apply

Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter to Nathan Randall at nathan@ecotrust.ca by midnight, April 8, 2018. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. All applicants will be contacted to be informed of their status with regards to this position.