Creating Rural Connections

Through Education

Job Opportunity: SHI Sustainable Development Coordinator Intern

The ARDN’s Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) is offering an exciting 3-month internship that will appeal to a post-secondary student or very recent graduate that is interested in sustainable development issues as they relate to housing in rural communities.


  • Assist with research and preparation of need and demand analysis for affordable housing projects
  • Assist with the organisation of feasibility studies
  • Assist with the organisation and conduct of community consultations
  • Assist with the preparation of business cases for various affordable and sustainable housing projects
  • Provide liaison between the architect, university researchers, and the construction company in order to ensure the buildings attain Net-Zero performance and respect the principles of the psychology of aesthetics
  • Research and propose the implementation of sustainable features such as compost toilets and rain and grey water recycling systems to the housing projects
  • Conduct preliminary research on next-generation construction methods for sustainable and affordable housing in rural and urban areas
  • Contribute to the creation of a Tool Kit that will be made available to rural communities to help them start a sustainable and affordable housing project


  • Great attitude and professional demeanor
  • Excellent research and project management skills
  • Capacity to work independently and in a team
  • Competency with MS Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Bilingual capabilities (English & French) are an asset
  • Preference will be given to students who intend to return to studies after the internship. Candidates who have graduated within the past 6 months will be considered.

This position will appeal to students studying in varied fields such as Science, Engineering, Science, Humanities, and Business

Hourly salary: $18.00

Housing supplement for interns relocating to Edmonton for internship: $567.00

Duration of internship: 12 weeks (Monday, January 8, 2018 to Friday, March 30, 2018)

Work location: ARDN - 1942 94 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6N 1J3

This position is funded by Youth Canada Works and candidates must meet eligibility requirements and sign up for an account here.

APPLY IMMEDIATELY at projects@ardn.ca

This position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. 

 NEW: Step-by-Step Guide to Estimate Rural Homelessness

This step-by-step guide to estimate homelessness in rural communities was developed by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) through an Innovation microgrant from Employment and Social Development Canada. This guide incorporates cost-conscious, cost-efficient and reliable practices that cater specifically to the aspects of rural communities and the surrounding areas. The guide utilizes a new method for creating unique, anonymous identifiers for clients, and conforms to all necessary privacy and ethics regulations for Canada. With this step-by-step guide, we hope to aid rural communities in developing strategies to solve rural homelessness and to bring more awareness to homelessness in those rural communities. The ARDN is interested in wide-spreading this guide across Canada. Therefore, if you know anyone who may find use of this guide, please feel free to share it with those who may find this guide useful. As well, don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of how this guide may be beneficial for your community’s homelessness endeavours.

Click here to download the guide.

Cliquez ici afin de télécharger le guide.

The ARDN is a not-for-profit partnership of nine Albertan colleges and universities. ARDN members work together to support and enhance the well-being of individuals and the vibrancy of communities. It draws on the strengths of rural communities, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to assist in the development of rural Alberta through education, research, collaboration, and networking.

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  • The type of browser and operating system;
  • The date and time of the visit;
  • The web pages or services accessed; and
  • Popular search phrases.

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Some personal information, including but not limited to name and email address, may be provided voluntarily by users of the ARDN websites when requesting services, and by subscribers to ARDN newsletters. Personal information provided voluntarily by email or by filling out a web form will be used only for the purpose for which it was provided and related uses that are directly consistent with the original intended purpose, in conformance with applicable policies and legislation governing the handling of personal information.

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More Information
Questions or concerns regarding privacy protection, management of ARDN websites and ARDN’s related information collection and use practices should be directed to: Executive Director, ARDN, 1942 - 94 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta  T6N 1J3



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