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Cold Lake Native Internship Program


Cold Lake, AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description


Imperial believes that mutually beneficial relationships with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are critical to the success of our company and Canada’s energy industry. Please see here for Imperial’s Indigenous Relations Guiding Principles and Guidelines.


Cold Lake’s Native Internship Program  is an opportunity for local Indigenous candidates to gain practical, hands-on work experience at our Cold Lake operation. Interns will be trained and mentored in a supportive work environment.


Positions available

  • Field operator
  • Plant operator
  • Millwright
  • Instrumentation/electrical technician
  • Environmental technician
  • Business support group (office administration)




  • Understanding and abiding by all safety rules and standards, reporting hazards, and assuming responsibility for the safe operation of your assigned unit, company vehicle and tools
  • Understanding and abiding by applicable government regulations (e.g. Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, etc.)
  • Participating in safety programs/meetings and attending training and/or self-development courses



This posting is intended for applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations or Métis) from one of the communities mentioned below.



  • High school diploma or GED equivalent is mandatory
  • Depending on the position, commitment to obtaining a 4th Class or 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate, Millwright Journeyman Ticket or an Instrumentation/Electrical Ticket
  • For the Business Support Group position, a diploma and/or certificate in Office Administration is an asset
  • For the Environmental Technician position, post-secondary studies (completed or currently pursuing) in Environmental Science, Public Relations, Social Sciences, Indigenous Relations or related programs is an asset


  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and safe driving record are required
  • To be considered, you must attach a proof of membership letter from your association/settlement/band office to your application. This information will be used for the purpose of identifying your eligibility for the program. Please do not attach a copy of your membership card. Proof of membership must come from one of the following communities:
    • Beaver Lake Cree Nation
    • Cold Lake First Nations
    • Frog Lake First Nation
    • Heart Lake First Nation
    • Kehewin Cree Nation
    • Onion Lake First Nation
    • Saddle Lake Cree Nation
    • Whitefish/Goodfish Lake First Nation
    • Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement
    • Elizabeth Métis Settlement
    • Fishing Lake Métis Settlement
    • Kikino Métis Settlement
    • Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 2
    • Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 1* (*Born in, or resident of, Lac La Biche only)

Work term:  Up to a 1 year paid internship with possibility of a 1 year extension. Upon successful completion of the 2 year program, possibility for offer of full-time employment.


Start date: February 2020


Location: Cold Lake, AB

Who we are

A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial offers exciting opportunities across our upstream, downstream and chemical, and corporate divisions. We are committed to high standards, applying technology and innovation and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours to meet rising energy demands in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound manner. 


Your benefits

  • Commitment to safety, ethics and continuous improvement
  • The opportunity to work alongside a team of experienced employees in a learning environment where you can utilize your current skills and develop new ones
  • A company that values and celebrates diversity and inclusion, which includes employee-led networks such as the Women in Wage Network and Imperial Indigenous Network
  • Mentorship from the business line colleague for day-to-day work activities and an Indigenous network “buddy”
  • Transportation to and from the work site is provided to those within 80 km from the Cold Lake operations.  If you reside further than 80 km away, you are required to make arrangements for a pick-up point within the 80 km.


Other considerations

  • Please include the following information in your resume as part of your online application:
    • Your six key skills/talents
    • Any notable achievements or awards you have received
    • Tell us about any particular hobbies/interests you may have outside of work and/or school
    • Any volunteer experience you may have including organization name, location, position, start date, end date
    • Any academic or community references including name, relationship to you, phone number and email address
  • For applicants given an offer, pre-employment background screening will be required.  This will require you to provide copies of your valid driver’s license, 5-year most recent driver’s abstract (dated within the last 6 months) and high school diploma or GED.


Eligibility to work in Canada

All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit. Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application Deadline:  November 30, 2019


Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.


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