Community Energy Specialist

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/20/2021 4:50 PM)
Competition Number
Number of Positions
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Sustainable Planning and Community Development
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Competition #21/115

Internal/External Posting

Closing date: August 17, 2021


Community Energy Specialist (Continuous Term – up to 2 years)  

Sustainable Planning and Community Development Department



Responsible for working with the City of Victoria to reduce community-wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to meet the requirements of BC Hydro’s community energy management program. Work with the utilities, relevant non-governmental organizations and the community (businesses and residents) to promote programs and opportunities for energy reduction, including the BC Hydro Power Smart program.  



Work collaboratively with the Climate and Environmental Sustainability Specialist and other staff, municipal departments, consultants, contractors, to achieve community climate action and sustainability objectives; support the implementation, monitoring and reporting structure for the Climate Leadership Plan.


In partnership with key stakeholders (e.g. public institutions, business leaders and health authorities), build community knowledge and commitment with a goal of reduction in the use of fossil fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions in the community;


Support the development and implementation of the City’s home energy retrofit program, develop next steps, and program budget and funding sources for subsequent phases of the program; monitor budget for greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency programs/projects, in consultation with the Manager of Energy and Climate Action.


Work with Engagement Department and other climate action staff to develop a branding strategy for community energy retrofit programs; Research and submit applications for incentives and funding for energy and GHG reduction projects for both community-wide and corporate initiatives; Review building energy labelling best practices for labelling at time of sale, new build and renovation, and develop an action plan for energy labelling for the City.


Oversee the Planning department’s facilitation and acceleration of the BC Energy Step Code. Liaise with City departments and participate on various advisory committees to ensure best practices in green building and greenhouse gas emissions reduction are incorporated into City projects and plans; Monitor the work of external consultants/contractors with expertise in specialized areas where needed.


Prepare quarterly and year-end written reports as per BC Hydro Contractual requirements; present and provide recommendations to Council. Ensure that energy reduction initiatives are coordinated with other City operations; ensure full compliance with relevant federal, provincial and City regulations, permits, policies, guidelines and procedures; respond to requests for information related to City community energy issues to City staff and the public.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is generated by annual objectives, system requirements and requests for service or as assigned by supervisor.

Work is reviewed upon completion.

Problems such as deviation from established procedures are referred to Supervisor.       



Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:

Meet multiple deadlines. (occasional)

Short periods of intense concentration while dealing with computer files. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on a variety of small print or details and computers for short periods. (often)

Work Environment:




Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the principles and methods of sustainability and environmental management.

Provide technical guidance and advice to user departments.

Research and analyze needs and facilitate meetings and workshops.

Create procedural documentation.

Maintain accurate records and prepare budgets.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Represent the City to the public and outside agencies.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, planning, energy management, environmental studies, or resource management.



4 years’ work experience as an energy and/or sustainability specialist, preferably in local government, or equivalent combination of training, education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday – Friday, 35 hour work week

$47.64 per hour, Pay Grade 16

Job Code # 4385

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume


City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at


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