Climate Action Cohorts Delegation Lead

Are you interested in UN climate negotiations? Are you ready to facilitate policy training and on the ground logistics and help others understand the international climate change policy space? If so, this position may be for you.

We are searching for a dynamic young person to join our team as the Climate Action Cohort Delegation Lead to help us elevate the role of youth in international climate action. Youth Climate Lab is partnering with Students On Ice (SOI) to support SOI alumni who want to link environmental action at home with policy on the international stage. The Delegation Lead will provide mentorship and support to the first cohort during a five day nature retreat in May 2019 and at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Winter 2019/2020.

The Delegation Lead will co-create international climate policy and problem-solving training, support matching cohort members with rockstar mentors across the Canadian and international climate space. They will also coordinate online webinar training in Fall 2019 and help make participation in COP25 a success as cohort members pursue their individual action plans. While SOI will handle the logistics of travel to COP, the Delegation Lead will lead on the ground policy and interpersonal support, discussion, and reflection.


  • Understanding of or interest in policy design methods.

  • A demonstrated ability to facilitate conversation and coordinate logistics for delegations or in other intensive group settings.

  • Adaptability and demonstrated ability to think on one’s feet.

  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, remote, collaborative work environment.

  • Willingness and ability to travel to the Ottawa area for a five-day retreat and to Chile for COP25 in Winter 2019/2020 (exact dates to be determined).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in outdoor education and facilitation.

  • Prior experience in international climate change policy, including attendance at UNFCCC meetings and/or academic background in an area related to social or environmental aspects of climate change.

  • Experience within Canadian public and/or private sector organizations working on climate action.

  • Understanding of and commitment to Students on Ice’s mission and to the North.


The Delegation Lead position is a fixed term position from April 2019 to January 2020, expected to consist of approximately 40 hours of work time in addition to the five-day nature retreat and two week COP attendance. The Delegation Lead will receive a $1,500 stipend for the position in addition to travel costs (airfare, lodging, and food stipend) for the early May retreat and COP25. The stipend will be paid in installments in May and November 2019.

YCL welcomes and strongly encourages applications from Indigenous youth.

Please apply by sending your cover letter and resume to Please include “Climate Action Cohorts Delegation Lead” in the subject line.


Using a cohort-based learning model, the Climate Action Cohort will be made of 10 SOI alumni between the ages of 18 and 25 from across Canada. More than just a group of youth, this cohort will meet face-to-face as well as work at a distance over a two-year term, becoming a community of active leaders and learners as well as a support system for each other during the program.

Through team retreats, independent project implementation and attendance at COP25 (The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change), participants will learn about climate change policy, issues and projects; learn leadership and project development skills; and be empowered and supported in the design and implementation of both personal community projects and group practices.


Youth Climate Lab is an incubator for ideas and projects that aim to accelerate youth-led climate action. Since our inception in May 2017, we have worked with over 15 partners around the globe to design and pilot projects that have reached young people in over 35 countries. Our projects and advocacy efforts in Canada and around the globe are focused on increasing the meaningful participation of youth in climate policy and supporting youth-led climate entrepreneurship. Throughout our work, we highlight the cross-cutting nature of the SDGs and advocate for SDG 13 as a lens for the entire 2030 Agenda.

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