Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs

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Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for career placement opportunities in the natural resources sector linked to the green economy.

The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs gives employers the freedom to:

  • Meet their staffing needs with less financial risk
  • Grow their business
  • Hire talent eager to utilize their skills
  • Develop new talent within their companies

Long success record

BioTalent Canada - wage subsidy image showing count of program participants

BioTalent Canada has a long track record of successful implementation of career placement programs, helping new talent gain employment in biotech and assisting companies in offsetting the costs of hiring. Since 2005 BioTalent Canada has placed over 1637 through the federal Youth Employment Strategies (YES) program including 318 through the Career Focus Green Jobs and 227 through Science Horizons Programs. Also, since 2017, BioTalent Canada has successfully placed 4,235 STEM and business students within bio-economy WIL opportunities across Canada to help them become job-ready. For stories and more details on the success of BioTalent Canada wage subsidy programs please see our latest report Growing the bio-economy: youth in focus. Additional reports can be found here.

Photo featuring program participant Sarah Battaglia.
Photo featuring program participant Sara Battaglia. Read her story here.

“My very first conversation with my internship supervisor was about my learning goals. Since then I’ve had great mentorship and support for my professional development.” – Sara Battaglia

Program description

The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs covers the cost of a new hire’s salary by 80% to a maximum of $25,000/yr or $32,000/yr for youth furthest from employment. Furthest from employment is defined as:

  • Indigenous youth;
  • youth with disabilities;
  • placements in the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut);
  • rural communities (a population of fewer than 5,000 people and a population density of fewer than 400 people per square kilometre); and
  • remote communities (a permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least ten dwellings that does not have year-round road access)

These funds help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career. Employers can bring on an eager, young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company.

Natural Resources include the fields of energy, forestry, and minerals and metals as well as earth sciences. View a list of sub-sectors here.


To qualify as a natural resource job related to the green economy, the position needs to fall in one of the two categories:

  1. Jobs that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce products or services that have an environmental benefit. Examples include:
    • Architects and land use planners who incorporate sustainability into designs, air quality engineers, and conservation officers.
  2. Jobs that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit.

Participant must be:

  • new (not yet employed) to the organization applying for funding;
  • under the age of 31;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations; and
  • not currently a student.

The placement must:

  • be in the natural resources sector (does not have to be a STEM position);
  • be a full-time work opportunity for a minimum of three months (note: priority will be given to placements six months or longer);
  • offer a safe, respectful, inclusive work environment free of harassment, abuse, and discrimination and in compliance with all applicable laws;
  • not be funded by another federally-funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc.;
  • see the participant added to the employer’s payroll which includes Federal/Provincial tax deductions (CPP, EI, etc.); and
  • meet one of the following additional requirements:
    • Offers skills development and training opportunities.
    • Relates to the interests and pursuits of youth.
    • Pays a salary above the minimum wage.
    • Provides opportunities for advancement.

Participants must be approved for program participation prior to starting the placement. This process can take up to five (5) business days.

Uncertain if your job qualifies? Don’t count yourself out. 

Contact Colleen at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 218 or [email protected].


This project was undertaken with the financial support of: