Job Posting—Research Associate, Indigenous Protected Areas

Position Summary:

The UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is looking to hire a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREAS in support of their ongoing partnership with UNESCO Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve in Délı̨nę, NT.

For many years Délı̨nę has advocated for the careful stewardship of Great Bear Lake and its watershed. The Sahtú Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1993), the Great Bear Lake Watershed Management Plan (The Water Heart, 2005), the Sahtú Land Use Plan (2013), and the Délı̨nę Final Self-Government Agreement (2014) are some of the steps Délįnę has taken to regain its sovereignty over Great Bear Lake and its watershed. Stewardship of the lake and ensuring its watershed remain healthy and properly utilized are the core mandates of the Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve. Researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University have worked alongside partners in Délı̨nę to help achieve the goals of the Biosphere Reserve and will continue to build on this relationship through the creation of this position.

The RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREAS will support the UNESCO Chair, helping to manage and deliver community-led research projects from grant development to post award oversight and reporting. The incumbent will work directly with key stakeholders in the community of Délı̨nę, including the Délı̨nę Gotįnę Government’s Lands Department, the Department of Language, Culture and Spirituality and the Tsá Tué Biosphere Stewardship Council, to support the community’s vision of protecting Great Bear Lake for all time. This will include:

  • Supporting the Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas initiatives in Délı̨nę;
  • Assisting in the development of a Guardians Program;
  • Helping to create a research and monitoring network of organizations and institutions to support the community’s vision of protecting Great Bear Lake;
  • Supporting the Tsá Tué Youth Council and ensuring youth are included in all aspects of programming.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Indigenous-led land and water stewardship programs and initiatives;
  • At least two (2) years’ experience working in a comparable research environment, as part of interdisciplinary research programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in social science data collection (surveys, interviews, focus groups, participatory mapping, digital storytelling, workshop facilitation) and methods informed by Indigenous Methodologies;
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities on community-led research initiatives;
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience liaising with different levels of community and government partners;
  • Experience writing reports and other plain language communications, giving presentations, and using web-based and social media platforms;
  • Previous publications, authorship of policy papers, and other research dissemination an asset.

Work Conditions:

The normal hours of work while in the office are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work and longer hours per week dictated by preparation for field work, conducting field work and/or requirements for meetings in remote northern locations. It is expected that this irregular schedule would occur for a few consecutive days, or up to 1-2 weeks at a time depending on travel. Although it is preferred that the candidate be based in Waterloo, ON, the opportunity for remote work will be considered.

The duration of the position is 12 months but may be renewed subject to funding.

This position reports to the Director of Research, UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies, but is also accountable to partners at the Tsá Tué Biosphere Stewardship Council and Délı̨nę Gotįnę Government.

Salary: $50,000

Application deadline: Dec 10, 2021

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a full CV, and the names of two references via email to Dr. Andrew Spring ( Informal inquiries are welcome.

About Laurier: Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

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