CLOSED Kwusen is Hiring - Indigenous Knowledge & Land Use Researcher

Postition: Indigenous Knowledge & Land Use Researcher
Postion Type: Full-time
Location: Victoria - with travel to remote communities in Canada

Start Date: January 2, 2019
Application Deadline: December 3, 2018

The Indigenous Knowledge & Land Use Researcher will work with the Research Manager on ongoing research and analysis related to the natural resource sector, environmental monitoring, and Indigenous participation in the natural resources sector. The successful candidate will assist in conducting traditional knowledge and land use and occupancy research projects, through conducting oral history and land use mapping interviews with Indigenous community members. Additionally, the Indigenous Knowledge & Land Use Researcher will be responsible for document management, and coding and analyzing data using Kwusen Research & Media Ltd.’s web-base mapping technologies. This position will support Indigenous communities in engagement with the natural resources sector, especially regarding electricity infrastructure projects.

The Indigenous Knowledge & land Use Researcher will provide support in the further development of Kwusen’s web-based mapping technologies, including the Community KnowledgeKeeper (CKK) and GeoKeeper applications. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with Indigenous communities in configuring and applying these technologies to ensure that they can effectively conduct environmental monitoring activities, as well as assess and respond to referrals from Government and Industry related to proposed industrial developments. Furthermore, the Indigenous Knowledge & land Use Researcher will provide research and data management support to Indigenous communities to ensure that First Nations are well-positioned to provide feedback to the natural resource sector on the environmental/Indigenous rights impacts of natural resource development.

Company Background:
Kwusen Research & Media is dedicated to research and IT solutions that supports Indigenous communities. We work with Indigenous communities in Canada to conduct community-based research on traditional knowledge and land use. Our participatory approach emphasises community capacity building to engage indigenous people in researching their own traditions and land use practices. We specialize in traditional ecological knowledge and land use research in relation to environmental impact assessments conducted for the natural resource sector. Additionally, Kwusen works with Indigenous communities to develop consultation/referrals protocols and methods to build capacity for meaningful engagement with industry and government.

Job Duties Include:
• Working with the Research Manager to design and conduct community-based research projects
• Working closely with Indigenous community co-researchers to plan and conduct oral history, traditional knowledge and land use interviews;
• Travel to remote communities throughout northern and western Canada to conduct interviews and workshops;
• Mapping in Google Earth and recording interviews with video cameras;
• Completing interview data entry into customized web-based data management and mapping application;
• Collaborative data management and review with indigenous community co-researchers;
• Ethnographic literature and archival documents review;
• Facilitation of community data verification and mitigation workshops;
• Report writing;
• Training and capacity building in indigenous communities; and,
• General office and administrative duties as required.

Additional Duties May Include:
• Basic video production and post-production;
• Graphic design and report formatting;
• Review of GIS data and shapefile attributes;
• Assistance to First Nations staff using custom web-based consultation tracking system;
• Assistance with scientific field monitoring programs;
• Assistance with Community Based Monitoring programs;
• Writing proposals and promotional materials;
• Reviewing sections of environmental assessment reports; and,
• Ethnobiological or ethnobotanical studies.

Required Education
• Undergraduate degree or higher in social sciences (Anthropology, Geography, Environmental Studies) with a preference for an MA or PhD.

Required Knowledge/Skills:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to clearly communicate technical details and build rapport with people of diverse backgrounds;
• Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills;
• Ability to synthesize research data;
• Familiar with natural resource extraction in Canada
• Ability to work within a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
• Fluency with Microsoft Office, including Excel and Word; and
• Qualitative social science and ethnographic research methods.

Desired Knowledge/Skills:
• Experience with Indigenous issues and communities in Canada;
• Knowledge of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights;
• Technical report writing;
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Premier Pro and Photoshop;
• Familiarity with digital mapping technologies, including GPS; and
• Full driver’s license; experience driving in all weather conditions.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and three references to, citing “Indigenous Knowledge & Land Use Researcher” in the subject line. Only applications submitted by end of day December 3, 2018 will be considered. For questions regarding the position, please email While we thank all applicants for their interest, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Kwusen is committed to respecting diversity within our workforces and specifically to increasing the number of Indigenous employees within our organization. As a result, we encourage all Indigenous applicants to self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes and preference may be given to these applicants.