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<p>Reducing the ecological footprint of Calgary is no small feat — made tougher when you need people to fill the shoes of an expanding department.</p>

City’s environment unit desperately seeking workers



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Jobseekers at the City of Calgary’s career fair crowd the job board yesterday at the municipal building.





Reducing the ecological footprint of Calgary is no small feat — made tougher when you need people to fill the shoes of an expanding department.





Like 22 other city business units, the City of Calgary Utilities and Environmental Protection unit is looking to recruit employees to further their programs through the city’s first career fair in 30 years.





With climate change and the environment at the forefront, the growth of the environmental services unit has been considerable.





“We’ve definitely grown a lot over the past few years, and taken on a lot of new projects and programs to reduce the city’s environmental footprint and environmental performance overall,” said Harley Hutchinson, team leader for environmental assurance in the city environment division.





Hutchinson said, like many employers, both public and private, the city’s environment section is finding it hard to attract the employees it needs to implement and maintain its list of programs.





But, with environment high on the minds of many, the crowd around the environmental services booth at the career fair has been busy.





“We’ve been really busy today — a lot of people really interested in the environmental protection component of it, and people that are really interested in working proactively for an organization like ours,” said Hutchinson.





The city’s career fair to fill 600 positions in a variety of areas kicked off yesterday at the municipal building and will continue today at Southland Leisure Centre and tomorrow at Village Square Leisure Centre.


 
 
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