The College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is seeking one or more Indigenous Research Associates to assist with data collection for a national study on sustainability in educational policy and practice in formal education in Canada.

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) is a research-based partnership between Canadian and International researchers and leading Canadian and North American policy and educational organizations that began in 2012. SEPN is hosted at the University of Saskatchewan and is funded by $2 million in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding and $1 million in matching funds from SEPN’s partners and contributors.

SEPN is examining the relationship between sustainability education policies and practices in K-12 and post-secondary education across Canada. SEPN is the first large-scale, national-level research collaboration to collect comparable data at all levels of education in Canada. Our partners include the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, David Suzuki Foundation, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and Sierra Youth Coalition. For more information, visit

SEPN is conducting site analyses of 6 provinces and territories at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels to explore the relationships between sustainability policies and practices in different settings across the Canadian education system. Data collection for the site analyses involves in-person interviews, focus groups/conversation cafes, sidewalk interviews, and a talking wall.

Data collection will take place at the Nunavut Arctic College and 2 to 4 K-12 schools in the region in October and November 2016. Anticipated commitment is approximately 4-6 weeks of full-time work.

Responsibilities will include: (1) relationship development with research participants; (2) participant recruitment; (3) data collection; and (4) management of consent forms and collected data.

A Master’s or PhD is preferred; a Bachelor’s degree is acceptable if the candidate is enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program. Candidates should have experience with qualitative, Indigenous, and/or community-based research; understand the cultures, communities, and protocols required; have excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and be able to work independently while meeting timelines. Familiarity with sustainability/environmental education is an asset, as is existing networks within northern Manitoba and/or Nunavut.

In addition to an hourly wage (the target range is between $20-$28/hour, depending on experience), all travel-related costs will be covered.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Project Manager Nicola Chopin at

Application deadline: September 16. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

The University of Saskatchewan is located on Treaty 6 territory