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Research Assistants (2) - Tourism Research Centre - School of Business

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013
Date of Posting: 
March 26, 2013
Tourism Research Centre - School of Business
Research Assistants (2)
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

$11.51 per hour (vacation pay included)

May - August 2013, possibility of part-time work in September

 The Tourism Research Centre (TRC), housed in the School of Business Administration on the UPEI campus, is an independent body providing timely, accurate and professional research on the tourism industry. From May to August 2013 with the potential for part-time work in September, the TRC requires two vibrant individuals who will, under the supervision of the Research Manager, serve as Research Assistants.
The Research Assistant will be primarily involved in field work distributing and collecting surveys on the seasonal tourism industry in PEI. This will include: distributing surveys to tourists, entering data from the completed surveys into spreadsheets or web-based forms, monitoring the survey completion rate, and responding to enquiries from outside parties.
This position also has an office component which will include monitoring tourism trends, writing literature reviews, performing preliminary research for the development of an academic journal, and researching travel and tourism related topics such as landscape, golf, branding, etc. Additional research opportunities will be identified based on clients’ needs.
For field work, the successful candidate must be: extremely comfortable interacting with others and approaching strangers, reliable, able to work independently, and have strong verbal communication skills. Conversational French would be an asset and a research background is preferred.
The students will be expected to provide his or her own transportation. This position will require some evening and weekend work.
• Field work collecting data/circulating surveys.
• Data entry.
• Testing online surveys.
• Providing feedback for paper-based and online surveys.
• Conducting secondary research, primarily using the Internet, online databases, and journals.
• Completing reviews of academic literature in specific areas of interest.
• Working with TRC personnel to plan the ongoing work of the TRC.
• Maintaining efficient filing systems (electronic and physical).
• Responding to enquiries from outside parties.
• Designing PowerPoint presentations.
• Other activities as requested by the Research Manager or Faculty Director of the TRC.
• Comfortable working with the public and approaching strangers (for survey work).
• Extremely accurate data entry using an online web form.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word suite of software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
• Strong organizational skills.
• Self starter with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Ability to work with others in a cooperative and collaborative manner.
• Evidence of research abilities in the tourism (or related field).
• Knowledge of the tourism industry in PEI would be an asset.
• Conversational French would be an asset.
• Access to a vehicle.
In addition, applicants must also meet the following criteria:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act6; and
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and references to be received no later than the closing date to employment@upei.ca. Please ensure that your first and last name and the competition number are included in the email subject line. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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