Rural Development Institute – Rural Policy Student Assistant

Applications are to be received by 4:30 pm on September 14, 2018.

Classification: Research Assistant III or IV (based on the level of experience and qualifications)

Job Title: Rural Policy Student Assistant

Wage: RA III – $15.48 per hour; RA IV – $21.75 per hour

Start Date: October 1, 2018

Date Issued: September 7, 2018

Hours of Work: average of 20 hours per week

Number of positions available: 1


  • Make regular contact with RPLC networks and faculty members to build relationships and supports related to the development of policy materials
  • Report regularly to the Project Director and Project Coordinator and be a supporting member of the Mobilizing Rural Policy (MRP) committee.
  • Gather research publications, presentations and related materials, organize it into useful forms, and exchange it among RPLC members, the MRP and participating students
  • Coordinate dissemination of the policy materials developed through the MRP project with policy makers, related audiences and across the RPLC networks
  • and other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge and expertise in policy and rural research-related issues in one or more of the geographical regions of the RPLC partners (Canada, USA, Europe, other International)
  • Preference given to a student enrolled in at least a Master’s program of a RPLC partner academic institution or equivalent
  • Effective communications, written and verbal, to various audiences
  • Highly organized, self-starter, takes initiative, and problem solver
  • Experience with balancing priorities across multi-tasks while achieving timelines
  • Some work experience, preferably within a research project and/or university context
  • Highly effective in written and spoken aspects of English and working facility in French preferred.
  • Able to travel internationally, e.g. North America and European countries


How to apply –  submit your cover letter and resume to:

Dr. Bill Ashton, Director, Rural Development Institute,


Wayne Kelly, Project Coordinator, Rural Development Institute,