Research Assistant - Conference Planning


Successful applicants will join the Leisure Matters VIU Research Lab that is housed within the World Leisure Centre of Excellence at VIU. The WLCE a part of an international network of centre’s focused on play, recreation, the arts, culture, sport, festivals and celebrations, health and fitness, and travel and tourism with an international dimension. The WLCE gives students, educators, researchers, and professionals the chance to participate and contribute to education, research, and service focused on sustainably and innovation in leisure management.

Position Overview

The WLCE Research Assistant - Conference Planning will assist the WLCE Director to coordinate the 2022 BC Protected Areas Research Forum in December 2022. The successful candidate will be a member of the planning team and will take on the role of recruiting and supervising volunteers at the conference. The person in this position requires strong time management skills, an understanding of event planning, and demonstrated oral and written communication skills. They will liaise with researchers, practitioners, and conservation leaders/advocates from the Provincial Government, Indigenous Nations, universities, and NGOs.

The WLCE RA in this position will work with another RA who responsible for the Leisure Matters digital media channels to communicate with volunteers, presenters, and attendees. They will have access to Canva and LucidSpark through the WLCE lab as well as other programs related to research and knowledge mobilization.

Position Requirements

Students applying for this position must be enrolled at VIU and be a student in good standing. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strength in the following:

  • Planning and running events or programs.
  • Ability to recruit and supervise volunteers.
  • Knowledge of research processes and ethics.
  • A track record of strong written and oral communication in English.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and with diverse work groups.
  • Awareness of professional standards when using social media for knowledge sharing and promotion.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, Attitudes.

While not required, it would be preferable if applicants could demonstrate the following:

  • Comfort with Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Understanding of parks and protected areas.
  • Understanding of EDI principles for communication and event hosting.
  • Ability to use design and editing features of MS Word to work collaboratively when creating professional documents.
  • Familiarity with Canva for the development of knowledge sharing documents and social media posts.
  • Completion of at least one event planning course.

Graduate Attributes

Students in this position will gain skills in Oral Communication, Collaboration and Intercultural Perspective.

Position Type

  • This is a work op position

Sign-up Directions

For more information, please contact Aggie Weighill at Aggie Weighill