Indigenous Energy Justice Research Associate

  Posted: April 7, 2024
  Location: Waterloo, Ontario
  Type: Hybrid
  Internship Program: Clean Tech
  Hourly rate: $25
  Hours per Week: 35
  Start Date: June 11, 2024
  End Date: February 15, 2025

Job Description

The Indigenous Energy Justice Research Associate will lead research initiatives examining the just energy transition for Indigenous Peoples and conducting a life cycle analysis of various sectors impacting Indigenous communities in North America. This position will involve investigating the social, economic, and environmental impacts of energy development, infrastructure, and policies on Indigenous Peoples. The Research Associate will collaborate with Indigenous communities, industry stakeholders, and policymakers to develop strategies for advancing Indigenous energy justice and sustainability.

Knowledge and Skills

-Knowledge of Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary issues related to energy access and sovereignty.
-Familiarity with energy systems, transitions, and policy frameworks, particularly in renewable energy.
- Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods, including data analysis and literature reviews.
-Experience in community-based research and collaboration, respecting Indigenous knowledge systems and protocols.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills for diverse audiences, with the ability to analyze policies and advocate for Indigenous rights in the energy sector.

Duties and Responsibilities


- Conduct comprehensive research on the just energy transition for Indigenous Peoples, focusing on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of energy development, infrastructure, and policies.
- Perform life cycle analysis of various sectors impacting Indigenous communities in North America, including but not limited to energy production, transportation, and consumption.
- Review academic literature, government reports, and industry publications to gather relevant data and insights.
- Analyze data using qualitative and quantitative methods to identify trends, patterns, and disparities in energy access, affordability, and sustainability for Indigenous Peoples.
- Develop case studies and reports to communicate research findings to academic, industry, and policy audiences.

Community Engagement:

- Collaborate with Indigenous communities to understand their energy needs, priorities, and perspectives.
- Facilitate dialogue between Indigenous communities, industry stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers to promote mutual understanding and cooperation.
- Utilize Indigenous methodologies, such as community-based participatory research and traditional knowledge systems, to co-design research activities and ensure culturally appropriate approaches.
- Conduct interviews, focus groups, and surveys with community members to gather insights and feedback on energy-related issues and initiatives.
- Support capacity-building efforts within Indigenous communities to enhance their participation in energy decision-making processes.

Advocacy and Policy Development:

- Advocate for Indigenous energy justice within academic, industry, and policy circles by presenting research findings and policy recommendations.
- Engage with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and advocacy groups to influence energy policy and practice in ways that prioritize Indigenous rights, interests, and well-being.
- Contribute to the development of Indigenous-led energy projects and initiatives that promote community empowerment, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to identify and address systemic barriers to Indigenous energy sovereignty and self-determination.

Administrative Support:

- Assist in implementing priority projects and managing research activities, including budgeting, scheduling, and reporting.
- Provide general administrative support to the research team, including coordinating meetings, maintaining project databases, and preparing materials for presentations and publications.
- Ensure compliance with ethical guidelines, research protocols, and data protection regulations.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of research activities, including data collection, analysis, and dissemination.

Education Required

Masters degree preferred

  How to Apply

To apply, send your resume to

What are people saying about our programs?

Hear first-hand from the employers and job seekers who have benefitted from one of our programs.

View all testimonials
Quote marker image

I feel that my internship was a meaningful position where I got to make a real difference in the College. It was very stimulating work that was both fun and challenging. I got to meet many different people within the College and outside in the community. I would recommend a similar experience to other interns because it provides a much greater understanding of how sustainability really works in a post-secondary institution than what you can learn in a classroom. 

Megan Hardman
Bow Valley College

Here are a few of the great employers we have supported.

Do you want to address your labour shortages, diversify your workforce, and strengthen your organization?

Get started