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The Greenspring Bioinnovation Hub and IGNITE Atlantic are pleased to announce the launch of Careers in Sustainability, a program that will help Nova Scotians and those interested in starting a career in Nova Scotia find work in Nova Scotia’s growing bioeconomy. Careers in Sustainability will fill a gap that exists between bioeconomy firms looking for skilled labour to support their growth, and underemployed individuals who are not aware these opportunities exist. The types of employment opportunities are wide-ranging, including equipment operators, process technicians, sales and marketing, advanced chemistry and biology, and more.

Program Features

In 2021, the Careers in Sustainability program was funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s Back to Work Community Partnership Initiative and ran from April 2021 until approximately May 2022. The program includes the following phases:

Awareness Campaign

Highlighting opportunities in the bioeconomy through virtual tours, video interviews, case studies and more

Experiential Learning

Interactive events for participants to engage with bioeconomy leaders, such as roundtables and Q&A sessions

Career Wage Subsidy

Up to 20 cost-shared full-time positions (intended to be permanent, continuing after the program)

Internship Wage Subsidy

Up to 10 cost-shared short-term internships for students and recent graduates

Training & Upskilling Funds

Funded short-term training and upskilling available for selected candidates

Greenspring Bioinnovation Hub

The Greenspring Bioinnovation Hub is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to grow Nova Scotia’s low-carbon bioeconomy. With its partners, the GSBH works to create value from underutilized renewable resources from the forestry, agriculture, ocean, and solid waste sectors. The GSBH advocates for opportunities in the sector, engages stakeholders to develop the conditions for growth, and supports bioeconomy businesses that are expanding in Nova Scotia.

IGNITE Atlantic

IGNITE is an organization that supports rural entrepreneurship by providing access to youth, entrepreneurs, industry, and communities to come together and create opportunities that benefit the innovation ecosystem of Atlantic Canada.

In partnership, both GSBH and IGNITE have completed several successful initiatives within the bioeconomy. These include the START[2020] bioresource innovation pitch competition and Atlantic BIOCON virtual events (along with BioNB and CCNB-Innov), and alignment on regional forestry sector innovation activities. NSIH and IGNITE are committed to building rural economies that are responsible, sustainable, and clean to ensure local opportunities are always available to Nova Scotians.

How to Participate

Internship Placements

Students and recent graduates within the last 6 months can apply for Internship placements with Nova Scotia bioeconomy leaders. These last up to 4 months and are a great way to get your foot in the door!
Click below to visit our internship job board!

Start Your Bioeconomy Career

Nova Scotia’s growing bioeconomy companies need high-quality people. So if you’re looking to improve your employment situation, better utilize your skills or education, increase your hours or transition to a career in sustainability, check out our Careers Stream job board today! These permanent, full-time positions are cost-shared for 7 months, but that could just be the start of your bioeconomy career!