Data Scientist

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Big River Analytics Ltd. Published: March 16, 2019
Terrace, British Columbia
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Data science and analytics
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Big River Analytics Ltd. is seeking an economist to join our Terrace-based office starting early in the new year. We are opening a new office downtown and hoping to find a full-time economist/statistician to join us in that space. Our work is wide-ranging, but a significant proportion of our clients have mandates in the labour market and economic development spaces. This position requires a significant amount of report writing, client engagement, and applied data analysis and visualization using R.

Duties and responsibilities

The Data Scientist reports directly to the Director. They are involved in developing new digital tools to extract, validate, analyse, and visualize data from online sources. Their duties include:

  • Write code to extract, validate, analyse and visualize data
  • Interpret the analysis and visualizations
  • Write and report on findings
  • Develop new digital tools to improve work-flow and our ability to effectively communicate the information we've produce to clients

Knowledge and skills

  • Strong writing and copy-editing skills
  • A familiarity with Statistics Canada products, variable definitions, and that retrieval processes
  • Strong applied econometrics skills, preferably using R but candidates with a background using Python for data analysis/visualization, Stata/Mata, or a background in object-oriented programming would be considered
  • Familiarity with or interest in Monte-Carlo simulations and other numerical methods
  • A desire to live in Northern British Columbia (it’s not for everyone, but if your recreational orientation is outdoors, it’s probably for you)

Education required

  • BA, MA, PhD (economics/math/stats) – if you can write reasonable code quickly, meet deadlines and write reports that are suitable for a general audience even if you’re reporting on technical work, that’s all I care about.

Certification required

None, but some formal education preferred

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Starting the internship within two years of receiving their post-secondary diploma
  • Underemployed (employed below their level of education or work part-time)
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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