Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistant

Job Title: Climate & Environmental Justice Undergraduate Research Assistant

**Applicant must be an International Arts Undergraduate Student**

Summary: Dr. Jessica Dempsey’s lab seeks a full-time (35 hours/week) undergraduate research assistant to support a number of research projects relating to climate and environmental justice for the 2022 Summer term. 

The research assistant can expect to support the development of literature reviews on various climate & environmental justice related topics, including synthesizing and organizing research, writing, and referencing and formatting documents for dissemination. Depending on the experience and interest of the student, they will be supported to lead at least one of these literature reviews, and may be asked to participate in summarizing findings for various partners and stakeholders. The student will gain substantial research and writing skills, receive feedback on their work, and have the opportunity to contribute to debates about climate & environmental justice happening both locally and internationally. The work setting will be primarily remote, but the student should be located in Vancouver or the surrounding area during the appointment to be available for in-person meetings. 

Preferred qualification: We would be glad to support someone who has experience and/or demonstrated interest in at least one of the following topics to develop their expertise further:

  • Indigenous planning and climate justice in BC or Canada
  • Global environmental politics and climate justice in the context of Global North-Global South relations
  • Environmental law, environmental impact assessment, or cumulative effects frameworks
  • Biodiversity monitoring and conservation
  • Climate impacts, ecosystem modelling, resource management 

Experience may include past job, co-ops, research experience, or demonstrated familiarity through substantial coursework or lived experience. Please reach out if you have questions about how to demonstrate experience. 

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • You are an international undergraduate student at the UBC Vancouver Campus.
  • You have a valid study permit.
  • You are on a scheduled break or are considered full time for immigration purposes.
  • You have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN). If you don’t, it can take several weeks to apply for one.
  • You are residing in Canada during your work term.
  • You will be engaged in research activities at the UBC Vancouver campus on a full-time basis (35 paid hours per week plus a 1-hour unpaid lunch break) for at least 16 weeks.
  • You will be working under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • If you are an international undergraduate student that is graduating, you are eligible only for the academic term directly after you complete your program requirements, regardless of your graduation date. Students who finish their courses in Winter Term 2 (April) and graduate in the spring (May) will be eligible to hold a Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award in the summer term.

Compensation: 18.40 an hour + benefits (for 16 weeks) 

TO APPLY: Please email a resume and cover letter to by March 28. You can address the cover letter to Jessica Dempsey.