Are You the One? – Research Associate Position


Are you the One? 
We need your skills! 

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Research Associate.The successful candidate will be keen to join our team to plan and conduct sound physical and social scientific primary and secondary research and project implementation in the areas of climate policy, climate change adaptation and mitigation and species at risk as they relate to Indigenous communities. The role of Research Associate is best suited for an individual that is able to work closely and collaboratively with a project manager and the rest of the CIER team to discuss and plan project tasks and then is a motivated self-starter in accomplishing project work.   

​As a national First Nation directed environmental non-profit organization with charitable status, CIER’s mission is to work in partnership with Indigenous nations to support and build sustainable Indigenous communities and a healthy environment. We conduct research and provide training to build sustainable communities and protect lands and waters. CIER is very interested in people with a background that reflects decolonization and community empowerment, who are comfortable working with a team with people of diverse backgrounds. As an organisation, we work towards reconciliation with Indigenous Nations and non-Indigenous allies. We are a team of like-minded individuals who strive to build environmental capacity in and with Indigenous community partners. 
CIER personnel often work in a virtual office setting.  This position might include travelling to remote communities (when it is safe to do so).  

Essential Skills

  • Strong understanding of Indigenous histories, environmental issues, policy, laws, legislation 
  • Previous written research experience 
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal – the ability to relay technical information in plain language is an asset 
  • Friendly, optimistic disposition with strong interpersonal skills 
  • Superior attention to detail and deadlines 
  • Superior analytical and organizational skills with an ability to balance multiple priorities and produce tangible results in a dynamic work environment 
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office applications 
  • Experience working with or for Indigenous governments and communities to deliver community-driven projects and programs  
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in an exact science (Biology, Ecology etc.) or relevant social science (public policy, law, etc.) with experience directly relevant to the scope of this position (I.e. a combination of post-secondary education or training and relevant work experience may be considered) ​

Nice to Have

  • Fluency in Indigenous language(s) and/or French 
  • Experience working with google docs, Microsoft Teams, Zoom

​Other Requirements
Given the virtual nature of CIERs work, the successful candidate must have access to a secure and reliable internet connection and a laptop with fully functional WIFI capability.  A valid class 5 license is required. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and is negotiable. Although preference will be given to Indigenous applicants (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit), all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

​If you are interested in this position, please forward your resume and a brief cover letter to CIER c/o [email protected].  If you do not have access to email you are invited to either fax your resume (866-288-3919) or mail it directly to us at PO Box 26092, RPO Maryland, Winnipeg, MB R3G 3R3 

Closing Date for Applications: April 16, 2021 

We thank all applicants for their interest, all candidates will be notified whether they have been selected for an interview or not