Careers at LAO

Contract Researcher

Halton Community Legal Services

Project title: Needs Assessment and Knowledge Sharing – Aboriginal Homelessness in Halton Position: Contract Researcher/Community Worker

Position type: Contract – one year October 2017-October 2018

Location: Oakville Ontario with travel throughout Halton Region and vicinity.

Salary range: $60,000 to $80,000 commensurate with experience

EXTENDED Application deadline: September 30, 2017


Following an environmental scan and literature review, the Researcher/Community Worker will conduct traditional knowledge gathering and research focusing on the experience of homelessness and housing insecurity of Indigenous people in Halton to help develop an Action Plan and future housing service activities for homeless and at risk Indigenous people. Primary research methods will include conducting oral history interviews, listening circles and respondent driven sampling to engage Indigenous community members.

Job duties include:

Working with closely with the Project Advisory Committee and Project Team to design and carry out the project activities including:

  • Conduct interviews
  • Conduct focus groups of service providers
  • Conduct focus groups of Indigenous people supported by an Elder
  • Convene listening circles
  • Organize community meetings
  • Prepare reports
  • Data management
  • Literature review
  • Facilitation of community data verification workshops;
  • Report writing
  • Training and capacity building in Aboriginal communities; and
  • General office and administrative duties as required.

Required education:

A post-secondary degree in the social sciences, social work or related field or related discipline or combination of education and experience working with Indigenous People.


  • More than one year of experience conducting community-based research;
  • At least one field season conducting interviews with Indigenous people; and,
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada.

Required knowledge/skills:

  • Ability to clearly communicate and build rapport with people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Knowledge of the histories of Aboriginal peoples in Canada;
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal and treaty rights;
  • Ability to synthesize research data;
  • Report writing;
  • Qualitative social science and ethnographic research methods;
  • Ability to travel throughout Halton and surrounding environs.

To apply:

Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and three references, citing “Researcher” in the subject line and attention to Colleen Sym, by September 30, 2017.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.