PART-TIME: Research Student – Surveying Visitors 

Cape Breton Island Tourism Training Network (CBITTN) at Cape Breton University’s World Tourism Institute is seeking Research Assistants to collect survey information within Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island

Position Summary: Research Student – Surveying Visitors

Project Duration: approximately 28 weeks at 20 hours per week with potential for extension

  • Do you want a greater understanding of the Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island tourism industry?
  • Do you like to meet new people?
  • Are you a diplomatic and enthusiastic communicator?
  • Do you like to travel, have a valid driver’s license, and access to a safe vehicle?

We are looking for a MBA-CED students with a passion for tourism and an interest in economic development on Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island to conduct visitor research. The goal is to better understand the impact of tourism-related challenges on the visitor experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Travel to assigned tourism destinations on island.
  • Engage visitors, operators and others in conversation and conduct surveys.
  • Respond promptly and professionally to survey participant inquiries.
  • Motor travel is required as will flexible hours. Mileage will be reimbursed.
  • The student will work closely with the Industry Liaison and Research Lead for the duration of the contract. This will also include working in collaboration with project team members of the CBITTN.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
  • Reports directly to the CBITTN Industry Liaison.

Successful Candidate Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a MBA-CED program at CBU.
  • Demonstrated discretion and sound judgement in the handling of confidential information.
  • Ability to adapt to new technology and to learn and work independently.
  • Highly motivated, focused and results-oriented with the ability to meet expectations in a dynamic and customer-centric work environment.
  • The ability to work well with others, both internally and externally, from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Strong written, interpersonal, and public communication skills.

Please send your application saved all in one file to Alison DeGruchy ( with the following included:

  • A cover letter highlighting how your experience and skills match this position.
  • Your CV/resume.
  • 2 references, with at least 1 being an academic reference.

Applications open April 2nd, 2024. Applications will remain open until a successful candidate is chosen. Interviews will take place shortly after. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For additional questions, contact Alison DeGruchy (

Who We Are

The Cape Breton Island Tourism Training Network ( is a strategic, coordinated, partnership-based research and training response for post-Covid 19 recovery. Using a collaborative model, the Tourism Training Network addresses specific workforce needs in support of economic recovery for tourism and related sectors including arts and culture. The overall goal of the project is to stimulate post-pandemic recovery, build capacity and grow opportunities for Cape Breton Island’s Tourism Sector. Led by the World Tourism Institute (WTI) at Cape Breton University, the CBITTN directs this three-year initiative and is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.