BCCIC Summer Student : Social Mapping Field Researcher

Position duration: As soon as possible
Number of Hours per Week: 37.5
Hourly Wage Rate: $12.00
Location: Vancouver, BC

Are you interested in global issues? Do you want to be part of a network of committed international change agents striving to achieve sustainable development? As part of the BC Council for International Cooperation’s Summer Job program we are looking to hire a Social Mapping Field Researcher.

BCCIC is looking for a qualified individual to research and identify BC non-profits who are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are setting the agenda for global change over the next 15 years (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/sdgs) and the Social Mapping Field Researcher will gain valuable experience working with the SDG framework as well as practical skills in research, data management and mapping.  The work of the Social Mapping Field Researcher will focus on the development of an online geo-spatial map that will locate all BC non-profits working on the SDGs. The role will involve working with existing databases, ‘ground-truthing’ map data through phone calls and field visits and planning and coordinating community meetings as well as other task as required.

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who are:

  • Passionate about global change
  • Interested in learning more about the international development sector in BC and abroad
  • Interested in learning about and working with the agenda setting Sustainable Development Goals
  • Wanting to gain valuable work experience in the non-profit sector
  • Experienced at working with Excel spreadsheets
  • Have excellent phone skills
  • Have excellent research skills, be literate in social media and web applications

As the Social Mapping Field Researcher you tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Assist with the geospatial mapping of social indicators regarding sustainable development in the BC regions these will be included in a geospatial interactive map of the province that will require field trips to designated provincial regions.
  • Accompany senior staff on field research trips to designated BC regions to compile primary data
  • Ground truth existing data during field trips
  • Meet with and foster relationships with key community stakeholders
  • Contribute to the a database of research findings
  • Complete grey literature research and primary data
  • Assist with writing reports, synthesizing findings in written form and presenting infographics on a web interface
  • Other administrative tasks as required

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act2; and,
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

We are an equal opportunity employer that encourages people of colour, First Nations/Aboriginal individuals, newcomers and immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities to apply.

How to Apply:

The Social Mapping Field Researcher position is a full-time 10 week contract and we are looking for someone who is able to start as soon as possible. Short listed candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis starting Monday, May 30th. Interested individuals are asked to e-mail Dan Harris at dan@bccic.ca and provide a copy of your CV as well as a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest.

The deadline for submitting an application is 5pm Friday May 27th.


BCCIC is a coalition of British Columbia voluntary international development organizations and provincial branches of such organizations committed to achieving sustainable global development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity and participation for all. For more information on BCCIC visit http://bccic.ca/.


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