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Position: Research Assistant
Company: ESSA Technologies Ltd.
Location: Vancouver BC or Ottawa ON
Type: 1-year contract with potential for permanent opportunity

ESSA Technologies Ltd. (ESSA) is an employee-owned Canadian environmental consulting company with offices in British Columbia and Ontario. We envision a world where creativity, a focus on learning, and systems thinking are the foundation of solutions to environmental challenges. Our corporate mission is to “bring together people, science and analytical tools to sustain healthy ecosystems and human communities”. We achieve this mission by helping clients deal with tough, emerging problems, by applying a thorough evaluation of evidence, and by exploring innovative solutions for a more sustainable world. Learn more about us at

At ESSA, we are passionate about what we do and enjoy working with professionals who share our values and mission. ESSA’s staff are problem solvers, big-picture thinkers, evidence driven, creative, and innovative, motivated by an aspiration to become trusted advisors to our clients and make a difference in the world.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a motivated, service-oriented, resourceful, independent, and highly skilled Research Assistant to support our team in varying contexts across North America and internationally. This is a 12-month contract with an opportunity for contract renewal or permanent placement and room for future advancement. The successful candidate will bring a ‘no job too small’ attitude and conscientiously support senior staff and projects that focus on research and synthesis, technical writing, facilitation and engagement support, data wrangling / analysis, and business development as outlined below.

Research and Support

  • Working in a support role on a wide range of environmental issues including adaptive management, climate change adaptation, fisheries and aquatic resource management, ecosystem restoration, environmental impact assessment, and decision support system development.
  • Supporting the development of research and client engagement plans to meet the tailored needs of diverse projects.
  • Leveraging existing scientific literature, participant survey results and other tools to support research, knowledge synthesis (e.g., literature review) and reference management.
  • Data wrangling, data mining, and basic statistical analysis in Excel (preferably in R).
  • Using a variety of tools to support technical facilitation, participatory engagement, and note-taking during virtual and in person meetings.
  • Coordinating multi-author contributions and formatting of complex reports within project deadlines.
  • Technical writing to contribute to marketing and client project reports.
  • Supporting the development of presentations of project research and outputs.
  • Archiving, cataloguing, and organizing research for future use by the team.
  • Contributing to the development of training materials.
  • Supporting the team to develop proposals and marketing materials.
  • Occasionally travelling to attend client meetings across North America. Note – this role does not involve field work.

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong preference for degrees in the natural and applied sciences (e.g., Ecology, Biology, Resource Management, Data Science, or Geography) and a minimum of 2 years of research experience outside of academia with private, public, or non-governmental sectors.

~ OR ~

  • Master’s degree with a strong preference for degrees in the natural and applied sciences (e.g., Ecology, Biology, Resource Management, Data Science, or Geography) with no additional research experience required.
  • Experience working on issues in natural resource management, for instance: (1) aquatic sciences (e.g., water management, fisheries management, ecosystem restoration planning); (2) climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments; (3) data sciences/statistics (e.g., monitoring design, simulation modelling); and/or (4) environmental cumulative effects/impact assessments.

Skills / Abilities

  • Exceptional English writing and verbal communication skills; familiarity with scientific / technical report writing and plain-language styles.
  • Computer proficiency and literacy in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams) and virtual collaboration tools (MS Teams, Zoom, Survey Monkey, Mural).
  • Resourceful, versatile, and collaborative team player with the ability to work calmly and effectively in an office environment with in-person and remote teams with modest instruction/supervision.
  • Proactive and results oriented, with strong problem-solving and excellent time-management skills; adept at multi-tasking/prioritizing to meet deadlines in a dynamic environment which sometimes requires intensive short-term effort.
  • Personable, with a flexible, calm demeanor, comfortable in group settings; sparks harmony not drama.
  • Strong research and data management skills including familiarity with using on-line libraries.
  • Differentiating assets include one or more of: Graphic design, Geographic Information Systems, aptitude in coding (e.g., R, or completion of programming boot camp(s)), and /or Spanish-language or French-language skills.


We look forward to welcoming the successful candidate to our team. We offer a welcoming, inclusive workplace and commit to working with staff to help them thrive and prosper. Our total rewards program for contract employees provides competitive compensation, medical benefits, and vacation, plus support for professional development.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and résumé to [careers_at_essa_dot_com] by September 30th, 2021 with “Research Assistant” in the subject line. We will review applications and contact selected candidates by October 8, 2021. Interviews will be conducted between October 15-22, 2021. The expected start is November 15, 2021.

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All applicants must be eligible to legally work in British Columbia and/or Ontario at the time of applying through the full duration of the contract.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 10 2021    ID: 61308