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Technical Research Assistant  for Architectural plan reading & estimating

Term: This is a two-month, full-time contract at 35 hours per week. There is the potential for the contract to be extended upon successful completion of this initial contract.

Compensation: The wage for this position is $18/hour plus vacation pay

Desired Start Date:  July 1st,2021

Reporting To: Director of Builders for Climate Action

Requirements for Canada Summer Jobs Grant: 

  • 31 years of age or younger
  • Must be Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. 
  • Must be unemployed, underemployed or hold part-time employment.


Endeavour is seeking to add to its small team who are passionate about helping people and the environment through improving the quality of buildings. If you enjoy creative collaboration and want to be involved in a leading-edge, climate-related initiative, then this may be a great fit for you.

About Us

Endeavour Centre is a not-for-profit sustainable building school based in Peterborough, Ontario. For 10 years, we have been delivering innovative green building education for homeowners and the construction industry, and our students get hands-on experience with buildings that are world leaders in healthy, affordable, climate-friendly and energy efficient design and construction.

In 2019, Endeavour launched its Builders for Climate Action initiative, a distinct effort to assist the building sector to actively transform its practices to become climate positive as quickly and intelligently as possible. Builders for Climate Action (BfCA) maintains its own web site and social media presence and is developing a carbon emissions estimator app for release in 2021. 

Endeavour is a dynamic organization committed to diversity and social justice in our building practices and within our team.

About the Role

The Technical Research Assistant is an exciting opportunity to work with us to study the impact that our buildings have on the climate. You will work alongside our Embodied Carbon Analyst using the beta version of our new B.E.A.M. (building emissions accounting for materials) estimator tool to generate carbon footprint estimates for a wide range of building typologies.  A large portion of the role will be reading residential part 9 architectural plans to generate material take offs.  Take offs will be entered into the BEAM tool and you will assist in verifying the results,  then generate a variety of alternative results by substituting different material options into each building plan to come up with different carbon models.

Key Responsibilities

    • Reading residential building plans to identify building dimensions and specified materials. 
    • Entering dimensions and specified materials from all plan sets into the BEAM estimator to create a material emissions analysis report of each building. 
    • For each report, create lower-emission scenarios to help assess the most beneficial low-carbon material substitutions and the impacts these solutions could have across the study regions. 
    • Work alongside the program director and the lead researcher to use the Building Emissions Accounting for Materials (BEAM) software to generate data for several benchmarking studies about the GHG emissions associated with manufacturing building materials for low-rise residential construction. 
  • Help our lead researcher to classify and categorize the individual reports to inform the benchmark studies. 

About You

You have the following qualifications:
  • Experience with reading Part 9 residential architectural plans and doing precise materials take-off calculations is a must.
  • University or college degree/diploma (or equivalent professional experience) in architecture, architectural technology, engineering, engineering technology, life cycle assessment or related fields. 
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets
  • Some experience in reading and understanding Life Cycle Assessments and/or Environmental Product Declarations is a definite asset
You have demonstrable strengths in:
  • Planning/organization – You can create and implement action plans; document results, evaluate and learn from your experiences
  • Communication – You can write and communicate confidently, with a clear understanding of the needs of your audience
  • Customer service – You can work with clients and customers in a positive manner and be an excellent ambassador for our organization
  • Adaptability – You are able to adjust to changing circumstance, priorities and conditions, while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Environmental and social awareness and responsibility – You understand a wide range of environment and social issues and the interrelationship between these. You are aware of the fundamental science of climate change and the wide-ranging impacts it is having and will come to have on our society, and our built environment in particular.


This position is based from Endeavour’s Peterborough location, however you do not need to live in Peterborough as the work will be completed independently from your home with regular online meetings with the Executive Director and team members. 

Your hours are flexible and will be guided by a project schedule that will be developed with you and the Executive Director to meet your needs and those of the organization.

We are committed to diversity and social justice and will strive to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for you. Our plan is to provide you with positive mentorship with the goal of making you a permanent part of our team.

  • 31 years of age or younger
  • Must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada. 
  • Must be unemployed, underemployed or hold part-time employment.
How to Apply


Qualified candidates are invited to submit the following materials in a single PDF file to with the subject line “Technical research assistant ” by the deadline of  June 21st, 2021, 5pm ET.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume


Experiential education

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The best in energy efficient design and construction, meeting or exceeding the highest standards in the industry.

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Using natural, non-toxic materials that are sourced locally and meet the highest ecological standards.

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Peterborough, ON

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