Research Assistant Position

 Are you interested in local issues and social justice? Do you want to engage with big issues in a practical setting? We want you to volunteer with us!

 As a network of over 100 members, the BC Council for International Cooperation seeks to provide opportunities for British Columbians to engage with global issues and get a taste of what it’s like to be part of the civil society sector. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to tackle locally and globally by 2030, there is much to be done – get involved today! 

 Description & Context:

 BCCIC is seeking a volunteer to help complete our SDG Scorecard Project for the City of Kelowna; in this role you will be assisting in creating the first Voluntary Local Review (VLR) in Canada!  We have localized the SDGs to a Canadian and municipal context and now require your help to develop achievable targets and a path to ensure the City of Kelowna will be on track to achieving each target by 2030.       

You will be reporting to the Research Project Manager and playing a key role in researching and summarizing Canadian and international government policies related to the selected indicators.  You will also look at CSO contributions, industry projects and academic research carried out to alleviate issues related to energy consumption, climate action, homelessness, food security, and urbanization, to name a few.  

Possible Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Pull academic and industry literature and government policy. Lead secondary research and background document reviews
  • Review municipal planning documents (e.g. OCPs, Climate Action Plan, Housing Strategy, vision documents etc.) and identify targets related to chosen indicators
  • Review existing district, provincial and national objectives and indicators related to chosen indicators 
  • Research international projects and targets related to indicators.  Analyze and determine if it can be applied to a Canadian context
  • Analyze and translate complex research and feasibility studies into key messages (summary, trends, recommendations)
  • Basic quantitative analysis (including data cleaning) in Excel
  • Coordinate collection and analysis of quality monitoring information
  • Contact industry leaders to obtain knowledge, statistics and information 
  • Follow up with external stakeholders 

 What makes a good fit:

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Engineering or Urban Planning. Current enrolment in an undergraduate program 3rd year and above only will be accepted
  • MUST have advanced writing skills.  Ability to write clearly, concisely, and quickly (summarize 30+ page documents into 5-8 bullet points)
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of data into simple graphics/informative slides
  • Possess intellectual curiosity and passion for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Ability to set priorities, work under pressure, and deliver high quality products
  • A strong sense of teamwork and professionalism
  • Knowledge of Canadian and Indigenous history is an asset
  • Knowledge of British Columbia geography is an asset


This is a remote based position but the Vancouver office is also available. The minimum commitment to provide a meaningful impact will range from 10-12 hours / week. To reduce volunteer turnover we are looking for volunteers to stay with us for a minimum of 3 months.  Please include the time commitment you are able to make within the body of your statement of interest.

Volunteer Benefits:

Volunteering with BCCIC is an unpaid experience for which no monetary compensation is provided. Understanding and appreciating that those who volunteer with us are seeking to gain experience and contribute to moving toward a better world, BCCIC staff work with each of our volunteers to make the experience of volunteering with us as meaningful as possible.  

In your time with us, you can expect: 

  • Free BCCIC membership while volunteering with us;
  • Free attendance to events BCCIC hosts for its members while volunteering with BCCIC;
  • Opportunity to build one’s skills and CV as part of the BCCIC team;

Communication and Accountability: 

We hope to engage our volunteers in tasks that are interesting, impactful and contribute to the work for the BCCIC.  As such, we hope for a high-degree of accountability. 

To express interest:

Please email your resume with a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest to

Deadline to express interest is April 15th at 5:00 PM (PST).  Individuals will be contacted and matched on a rolling basis.