Indigenous Engagement Research Associate - 1-year Term

Position Summary

The Learning & Community Engagement department serves ONC’s user communities by leading ONC’s organizational commitment to meaningful, ongoing engagement of Indigenous and other communities and supporting formal and informal educational opportunities for youth and adults.

ONC participates in national and regional projects in which Indigenous communities play a key role. The Indigenous Engagement Research Associate will support community involvement in two projects: the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) and the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) tsunami project.

CIOOS is a newly launched online platform for sharing, discovering and accessing ocean data in Canada. This national collaboration will make ocean data around the country findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable, leveraging existing Canadian and international ocean observation data into a national system. This wide variety of marine data is open for researchers, government, and public use. Indigenous Communities who collect and access ocean data are important collaborators in the CIOOS project which ONC is working to engage in the project.

The Northwest Vancouver Island Tsunami Risk Assessment is a project in collaboration with the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) and communities on the north-west coast of Vancouver Island to understand tsunami inundation risk in the region. Indigenous communities hold important information for understanding earthquake and tsunami risk and response which will be used together with scientific data and modelling to create products which will inform risk management and mitigation.

Key Responsibilities

Research and Preparation

  • Identify an inventory existing data with Indigenous community partners;
  • Research Indigenous history, background information on tsunami/CIOOS research and related work to the project goals;
  • Prepare materials and presentations specifically tailored for Indigenous communities;
  • Design questionnaires and interview materials to seek community input.

Direct Community Engagement

  • Maintain contact lists and records of communication;
  • Directly engage with Indigenous community members through phone calls, video conferencing, and email;
  • Support video and audio interviews of community members by taking notes, transcribing information, and summarizing findings;
  • If permitted by current health and safety guidelines, travel to communities to conduct workshops and communication activities.


  • Create summary reports of findings;
  • Specifically, for CIOOS: Prepare a report of recommendations from Indigenous requirements for the CIOOS leadership; Assessing the readiness, the data quality, the completeness, and which data most readily align with the present goals and priorities of CIOOS;
  • Specifically, for SRD tsunami: Contribute to reports of community knowledge of tsunami and earthquake risk;
  • Report on activities and progress at project meetings and maintain good communication with all project partners.

Required Qualifications

This position requires Undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, Geography, Ocean Science, Geophysics, Indigenous Studies, or a related program OR equivalent knowledge and experience acquired in a work setting; and

  • 1-2 years’ experience working in or engaging with Indigenous communities, community organizations and diverse audiences and in building partnerships with such communities and organizations.

Term Dates: November 1, 2020 - October 31, 2021

To Apply: email your resume and cover letter to

Opening Date: 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 16:00

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 16:00

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