Research Associate: Temporary

*This position is funded in part by the Canada Summer Jobs grant program: applicants must be 30 years of age or under to apply. This position has opportunity for long-term employment. 


Habitus Consulting is looking for a creative, insightful, and enthusiastic research associate to support our growing team to conduct research, evaluation and project management duties including:

Quantitative and Qualitative Research activities including:

      gathering and review of literature;

      co-developing tools, such as interview guides, surveys etc.

      conducting interviews or focus groups;

      note taking;

      co-analyzing data; and

      supporting report writing or visual presentations of findings.


This position will serve as an excellent training opportunity for someone interested in learning more about the practical applications of research, evaluation, and community engagement.


While this position will support various projects, we are particularly interested in having support with a large scale community engagement project that is focused on anti-racism. As such, someone with extensive knowledge of anti-racism – including lived experience, community mobilization, or academic study – is considered an asset. Priority will be given to applicants who identify as Indigenous, Black, as a Person of Colour, non-White, as a Visible minority, as a racialaized person, or as a member of ethnic or religious minority in Calgary.

Hours of work/length

This is a contract position:

      18 weeks from start date, commencing mid-June

      Average 15 hrs/week

      Core work hours are 9:30-3:30 M-F

      Some evening and weekend work will be required

      At this time all activities are work-from-home but this is likely to change as restrictions lift therefore the ideal candidate is based in Calgary

Key Skills

     Excellent writing skills – with ability to critically analyze and synthesize complex information for a general audience

     Strong interpersonal and communications skills (i.e. comfort and ability to facilitate group discussions, public speaking)

     Strong critical and analytical thinking

     Strong organizational skills

     Ability to work under tight timelines and manage multiple competing priorities

     Ability to work independently and as part of a team

     Practical or academic knowledge of key social issues that are relevant in Canada/Calgary

Qualifications / Requirements

      A minimum MA in progress is preferred but professional and lived experience may be accepted in lieu of academic qualifications

      A background in Social Sciences (Sociology, Social Work, Geography, Anthropology, Psychology, etc.) with knowledge of research methods is preferred.

      Experience in cross-cultural settings

      Experience writing literature reviews, reports, and briefing documents

      Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, with practical experience as a member of a social sciences/community-based research or evaluation project

      Knowledge or experience working with any of the following issue areas: settlement and integration, multiculturalism, Indigenous relations, children and youth, mental health and addition, public policy, non-profit management, strategic planning, grant writing


      Fluency in a non-English language is an asset

      A large proportion of our work is in the areas of mental health and addiction, anti-racism, and immigrant resettlement. Lived experience is valued and considered an asset.

Salary/Other details

      Salary range $25-27/Hr and will be determined according to qualifications of the successful candidate.

      4% vacation pay

      Work will be remote given the COVID 19 restrictions.

      Use of your laptop or personal computer is required, as well as internet access

About Habitus

Habitus is an interdisciplinary consulting collective with a mandate to mobilize knowledge and innovate strategy for meaningful social change. We believe that research is a powerful tool to inform practice and demonstrate impact. Our team has experience in research and evaluation in academic and community settings – including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design; impact and outcome measurement; program evaluation; and project management. We have expertise facilitating community engagement and providing strategic support for complex programs and initiatives; we have designed collaborative multi-stakeholder projects, engaged diverse and marginalized populations, and developed tools to enhance organizational capacity.

Our team values and endeavors to be inclusive of gender, sexual, ethno-cultural, and  linguistic diversity, as well as persons living with visible or invisible disabilities. We aim to be actively anti-racist and to take seriously our role in Reconciliation.

How to Apply

Interested parties should submit a Cover Letter, CV or resume, short writing sample (if available) and two references to:

Subject line of the email should read: Application – Research Associate

Any questions about the position or requirements can be sent to:

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted..