Hiring: Trail Tourism & Social Enterprise Research Assistant (Winter 2021)

Updated: Mar 14

Our Researchers recently secured funding to hire a Trails Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant through the University of Waterloo's Co-Op placement program and via the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP). The program provides funding to hire students for the purposes of experiential learning and is administered by Employment and Social Development Canada through a partner organization.


Due to the nature of this funding, this position is has certain eligibility requirements:

  1. Students from all co-op programs (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible

  2. Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment to qualify for funding from SWPP

Find out details of the position below.

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Join us: we're hiring a Trail Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant. As mentioned above, our Researchers affiliated with the University of Waterloo's Recreation and Leisure Studies Department recently secured funding to hire a Trails Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant through the University of Waterloo's Co-Op placement program and via the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP). Due to the nature of this funding, this position is open to students from University of Waterloo co-op programs who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Work closely with a dedicated team of trail and hiking researchers including external trail development partners with over 20 years experience building land and water trails across Canada to explore trail tourism, rural community tourism development, and social enterprise. Help shape the continued development of trails as recreation and tourism resources across Canada! The student will be supervised by Dr. Kelsey Johansen, and will collaborate and network with industry leads from Ontario and the Maritimes..

Broad responsibilities include environmental and industry scans, identifying and liaising with community partners across Canada’s diverse trail tourism communities, and identifying strategic opportunities for case study analysis. This is an excellent chance to help shape rural community tourism development and outdoor recreation through research that explores the processes and effectiveness of collaborative and community-driven trail building across Canada.


Job Responsibilities


Job responsibilities of the Trail Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant include:


  1. Project Support and Communication including attending project meetings, area seminars and other meetings as necessary. Attending regular meetings with faculty researcher / supervisor and community research partners to maintain ongoing communication regarding accomplishment of research tasks and objectives and the quality of the assistant’s performance, and providing ready access to all research related materials for the faculty researcher / supervisor. Summarizing project results, and preparing progress reports for the faculty researcher / supervisor; and, preparing other articles, reports, and presentations as required;

  2. Identification of research-informed best-practice for rural community tourism development, stakeholder engagement and social enterprise development in rural and remote areas;

  3. Environmental Scan and creation of Case Study Summaries within and across Canada including relevant trails and trail organizations for inclusion in data collection and for future research partnerships;

  4. Methodological design including preparing interview and focus group questions and assisting with modeling findings; and

  5. Supporting applications for additional funding including preparing materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations.

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by the faculty researcher / supervisor. Work requirements and schedules will be discussed with the faculty researcher / supervisor to ensure that the work priorities can be accomplished in the allotted work hours scheduled for the Winter 2021 semester. You will be successful if you can write clearly and concisely, have prior research experience, and are passionate about the outdoors and outdoor recreation..


Interested University of Waterloo Co-Op students should apply online via Waterloo Works citing Job ID: 182395. Applications will be reviewed starting December 4th, 2020, with interviews being held December 10th, 2020.

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