Employment Opportunites

Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign

Researcher – 3 month Contract


Position Description

The Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign – a project of the Polaris Institute – is seeking qualified applicants for the position of researcher. The successful applicant will report to the Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and an Advisory Committee.


The Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign (ITSC) is a project of the Polaris Institute, based in Ottawa, ON. Our mission is to strategically support First Nations communities at the source of the Tar Sands development. A key part of work with the Polaris Institute is to produce reports and research that support First Nations organizing strategies that are resisting the Tar Sands development and infrastructure. We work on campaigns and strategic organizing that supports First Nations resistance.


The successful applicant will:

  • Work in collaboration with and receive guidance from the Director of Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign;

  • Report to the Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and an Advisory Committee;

  • Develop a methodology for updating and completing an existing research project.

  • Meet goals and deadlines;

  • Edit, update, collect new data to building upon and complete previous work for a finished product;

  • Communicate and collaborate with experts, organizations and consultants in the field of Aboriginal Law;

  • Work with several reviewers in comment process;

  • Be available for minimal travel



This is an excellent opportunity for formal research and writing experience. This is a collaboration of the ITSC and the Polaris Institute a social movement think tank. The successful candidate will be published as part of our project. Specific requirements include:

  • Graduate degree preferred or undergraduate degree with relevant research experience;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details;

  • Experience in researching First Nations rights and Canadian Aboriginal case law;

  • Familiarity with environment justice and social movements a plus;

  • Proficient computer, web, and word processing skills;

  • Strong self management and independence;

  • Demonstrated experience in working with advisories and other community based accountability structures in research an asset;

  • Campaign and organizing with First Nations an asset but not required


This position is not required to physically be located in Ottawa, ON. Some minimal travel would be required if located elsewhere. Salary will be commensurate with both qualifications and industry standards.

Please submit your resume with writing sample as an attached .pdf file by 5pm on Friday, December 5, 2015 to:

Heather Milton-Lightening