Special Project Research Assistant - Tourism Research Centre - School of Business

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Date of Posting: 
December 19, 2013
Tourism Research Centre - School of Business
Special Project Research Assistant
Part-Time Term
Hours of Work: 

Varies; 15-30 hours per week including day, evening and weekend shifts

$16 per hour plus 4% vacation pay (grant funded)

January 2014 to June 30, 2014 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements.)

 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 January 2014 to June 30, 2014, the TRC requires a vibrant individual who will serve as a Special Project Research Assistant. RESPONSIBILITIES: The Special Project Research Assistant will assist the TRC with distribution of the PEI visitor exit survey, a survey used to profile visitors to PEI. The majority of the work will take place at the Charlottetown Airport where the individual will speak to non-resident departing guests and provide them with a survey package. The Research Assistant may also be involved in similar field work at events that are part of the PEI 2014 celebrations. The schedule will vary from week to week, but 15-30 hours of work per week are expected depending on the departing flight schedule. Early morning, day, evening and weekend shifts will be required. The successful candidate must be extremely comfortable approaching strangers, reliable, and have strong verbal communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to keep a daily log of work and be able to reach a monthly quota of survey distributions. Conversational French would be an asset. The candidate will be expected to provide his or her own transportation to the Charlottetown Airport. Mileage will be provided for any work taking place outside of the Charlottetown area. QUALIFICATIONS: • Comfortable working with the public and approaching strangers • Ability to work with minimal supervision • Excellent communication skills • Record management skills for tracking daily work • Initiative to meet monthly quotas • Access to a vehicle • Research experience, in particular in field work/data collection would be an asset • Conversational French would be a strong asset; any other languages would also be an asset.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and the names and references to be received no later than the closing date via the following link:
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.
Contact UPEI