NOW HIRING - Research Assistant

We currently have an opening for a research assistant. Candidate must be a

library graduate student and eligible for funding through the

Canada Summer Jobs program (ages 15-30, Canadian citizen)


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Company Description: is a social enterprise business located in the Township of South Algonquin in Northern Ontario operating under a ‘for good-for profit” philosophy. Located just outside the east gate of Algonquin Provincial Park along the Highway 60 corridor, we provide seasonal camping and glamping services to outdoor enthusiasts from June to October each year. We use this experience to champion important social causes including rural development, capacity building, early childhood literacy, accessibility and adaptive outdoor recreation and sport.


Job Details:
35 hours/week for 8 weeks

Wage: $20/hour

Start date: negotiable

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program.


Job Description:
Algonquin Park was founded in 1895 as a nature area reserved for the benefit of the people of Ontario. Since that time, this popular tourist destination, economic provider, research centre, and historical centrepiece of the province has earned almost mythical status in the hearts and minds of people from all over the world who have visited the space. Much of this history is recorded in print form – in the media, in our provincial and national archives, in social and scientific research studies, and in numerous publications found in public and academic presses. The area is also part of the Algonquin Land Claim negotiation, Canada’s largest modern day constitutionally protected treaty that will see the return of more than 117,000 acres of land to the Algonquin People. Much of the Algonquin history is missing from and misrepresented in this record.


Four Corners Algonquin is seeking a library graduate student to undertake a systematic bibliography of the printed record related to the Park. Tasks will include:

  • Locating appropriate online sources to search for information about Algonquin Park which will include databases, libraries, archives, and open sources.

  • Establishing potential search strategies and search strings and using them appropriately

  • Systematically searching for citations to park-related material.

  • Carefully tracking and recording your search history including details such as dates and places searched, search strings, and results.

  • Capturing, organizing and editing relevant citations in Zotero.

  • Obtaining and organizing the source documents, when possible.


Candidate Qualifications:

  • MLIS candidate or recent grad

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • Able to focus on repetitive tasks for long periods of time

  • Experience using citation management software, preferably Zotero

  • Familiarity with provincial/national archives, special collections and open sources is an asset

  • Personal interest in or familiarity with the history of Algonquin Park is an asset.

  • Experience with literature reviews or systematic reviews preferred but not essential

  • Due to the nature of the funding for this position, only candidates who meet the criteria for the Canada Summer Jobs program will be considered (15-30 years of age, Canadian citizen/permanent resident/refugee, valid SIN and be legally entitled to work in Canada).


Work Conditions:

  • This job can be completed remotely from any internet-accessible location of the candidate’s choosing.

  • Start date and specific hours of work are flexible within CSJ requirements.

  • Supervision and training will be provided by a senior researcher. The candidate will be asked to provide a brief update at the end of each week of the contract highlighting their progress. The final deliverables will include the Zotero database, downloaded documents, and records of search history.

  • Candidate must have their own computer and internet access.


To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter (not more than 3 pages total) to with the words “Algonquin Bibliography Research Assistant” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include the following:

  • Confirmation that you meet the criteria of the Canada Summer jobs program

  • a note explaining why you are interested in this position,

  • a short description of a project you worked on that required sustained attention to detail. (It can be related to a literature review for school, for example, or any example from your work or personal history.)

  • a sentence describing your proficiency with citation management software.


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted by phone or zoom. If you require accommodations to participate in this hiring process, please ask.