Junior Social Scientist

Integral Ecology Group Published: September 5, 2020
Remote from an Indigenous community, Victoria, Montreal or Calgary, Alberta
Salary range
$40,000 - $48,000 per year ($20,000 – $24,000 for six months)
Hours per week
Start Date
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The successful candidate will be ready to join of a small interdisciplinary sub-team at Integral Ecology Group (IEG). Working predominantly with Indigenous communities (but also government and industry), the successful candidate will be encouraged to broaden their skill sets through a diverse, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment. Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates located in an Indigenous community, Victoria, Calgary, or Montreal. The position is for 6 months with the possibility for extension.

The role will focus on supporting our team in all aspects of cultural, social, and ethno-ecological research. This will entail project planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Support qualitative data analysis for cultural, social, Indigenous knowledge and ethno-ecological studies.
  • Assist with qualitative data collection including interviewing, focus groups, town halls, and surveys.
  • Support literature reviews focused on both scholarly and grey literature.
  • Work closely with IEG researchers to support field studies including: Indigenous knowledge studies, cultural studies, land use studies, land use planning, rights-based studies, and watershed planning.
  • Conduct physically demanding activities while on the land, including, walking moderate distances and traveling by off highway vehicles on rough and wet terrain in summer and winter environmental conditions.

Data management:

  • Assist with data entry and information management of cultural, social, Indigenous knowledge, and ethno-ecological data.
  • Support the capture of spatial data in google earth or on field data forms.


  • Support regular reporting and documentation of field results.
  • Assist with drafting and finalizing project reports and presentations and provide support with visual content.


  • The position may require travel to remote communities with limited access in Canada, predominantly western Canada.
  • Travel is determined on a project-by-project basis with each trip ranging from 1-5 consecutive days and dependent on Covid-19 protocols and restrictions.

Knowledge and skills

The successful candidate should demonstrate:

  • Computer skills, including use of Word, PowerPoint, emailing, teleconferencing (e.g. Zoom, Teams, Skype, etc.), etc.
  • Effective communication skills, including writing skills to communicate complex social and cultural ideas clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences (e.g., client, community, industry, and government).
  • Some experience with qualitative, community-based research.

The successful candidate will also:

  • Be hardworking, fun, flexible, and organized, with a positive attitude;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with minimal supervision and as a team player;
  • Desire to achieving high levels of technical excellence;
  • Demonstrate interest in our work at IEG;
  • Have enthusiasm for personal and professional development; and
  • Be a self-starter.

Education required

Enrolled or recent graduate of a post-secondary institution (e.g. college, cegep, university - undergraduate, or masters) in the field of Geography, Environmental Resources Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Health, or related fields will be also considered, based on team fit and complementary past relevant work experience

Certification required


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:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) 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
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*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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