Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law

January 26 2018

Job Title: Research Assistant (Research and Dissemination)

Position Classification: Project Assistant

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project (Decolonizing Water Project) at the University of British Columbia is a SSHRC Partnership Grant running from 2016- 2023. It is housed in the Department of Geography with research collaborators at numerous institutions in Canada and the United States.  The current project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the social and natural sciences to engage with Community Based Research in Indigenous water laws, with the goal of building more resilient water futures. This includes a diverse set of activities including community-based Water Bush Camps, developing prototype community water monitoring protocols, engaging in land-based learning, and exploring community, scholarly, and artistic perspectives on Indigenous water laws.

 

The student will work closely with the faculty member, staff and other students to contribute to the innovative knowledge mobilization program and the creation of video and podcast materials for knowledge dissemination.

 

This position will be directly involved in research, including conducting interviews with members of the grant team and community leaders, transcription of interviews and data management. In addition, this research assistant will be working on event coordination and management, including assistance with ethics reviews preparation.

 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Event organization and outreach
  • Background research on topics such as Indigenous water law: annotated bibliography
  • Updating and maintaining Zotero reference publications database
  • Write short Briefing Notes (short summaries of key research topics)
  • Work with research team members to develop research skills in filmmaking
  • Work may include some travel

 

These duties and responsibilities will be performed under the direct supervision of the principal investigator and senior staff. The tasks will require a significant commitment in time and effort, and require the student to apply previously learned knowledge in different contexts. This role will provide plenty of opportunities for the student to work closely with researchers, interact with people from different backgrounds, build connections, and develop professional, social, and communication skills. The job will also help the student cultivate a sense of responsibility, self-knowledge, and self-confidence, and strengthen his/her sense of connection to the university.

 

The student will attend team meetings to ensure effective communication. In addition, the student will engage in regular meetings with senior staff to receive feedback about their work, to ask questions and make suggestions about improving their work experience.

Qualifications:

  • Must be able to work up to 12 hours/week
  • Previous experience working with Indigenous communities strongly preferred
  • Previous experience with social media and media (such as radio/podcasts, video)
  • Excellent interpersonal Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience with databases (e.g. Excel, Zotero)
  • Completion of the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) on-line tutorial

 

Student Learning Components:

Orientation & Training:

  • Introduction to the Program and overview of water research, including Introductions to other ongoing projects
  • Introductions to the Program Director, undergraduate and graduate students, and research assistants
  • Work Plan with tasks/duties will be provided
  • Review of Program protocols and procedures
  • Job specific orientation and training as required

– In-person training from the Director and Research Manager

 

Feedback, Ongoing Support & Reflection:

  • Supervisors and other team members are always available to offer assistance and answer questions
  • Continuous positive feedback and transparent, open communication
  • Specific feedback provided after completing daily tasks
  • Ongoing support given to gain the skills required to work in a positive team environment
  • Frequent opportunity for reflection through positive feedback and open communication

 

Mentorship, Encouragement, Support, and Networking Opportunities:

  • The student will primarily work under the direct supervision of the principal investigator and senior staff
  • The student will work with team members at various stages of their careers (graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, lecturers and professors)
  • The student will engage in regular meetings with graduate students to receive feedback about their work and ensure optimal performance is being achieved
  • Role will provide plenty of opportunities for the student to work closely with researchers, interact with people from different backgrounds, and  build connections

 

Personal, Professional & Academic Development:

  • Experience with project organization and management
  • Experience working as a key member of a large and dynamic project team
  • Enhanced inter-personal, written and oral communication skills
  • Develop professional, social, and communication skills.
  • Cultivate a sense of responsibility, self-knowledge, and self-confidence, and strengthen his/her sense of connection to the university