CO-OP STUDENTS ONLY – Research Assistant, Resource and Development with Halifax Regional Municipality


Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is inviting applications for the term (Co-op Student) position of  Research Assistant, Resource Support & Development with Halifax Transit. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a co-operative education program at a Nova Scotia university.

Under the direction of the Healthy Workplace Coordinator, the Research Assistant will assist with conducting research research and analysis in a number of areas related to the Transit Healthy Workplace Strategy. The Research Assistant will work closely with the Healthy Workplace Coordinator and Healthy Workplace Committee.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting research and analysis in support of projects in the areas of mental health, safety, physical activity, healthy eating and healthy physical environments through gathering data, preparing literature reviews, conducting interviews and assisting with promotional activities.

Education and Experience:

  • Enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program at a post-secondary institution, in health promotion or a related field.
  • Must be registered in a co-operative education program.
  • Experience– either through coursework, volunteer work or paid work experience– in conducting research activities is required.
  • Knowledge of online databases with experience in search techniques and literature reviews.
  • Experience in promoting health and wellness programs.

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Research methods
  • MS Office suite (Office, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of the determinants of health

Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.

Competencies:  Analytical Thinking, Communication, Customer Service, Decision Making, Networking/ Relationship Building, Organization and Planning, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork and Cooperation, Values & Ethics, Valuing Diversity, Visioning and Strategic Thinking.



  • Assists the Healthy Workplace Coordinator and Healthy Workplace Committee with conducting qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Designs and develops research tools such as survey questionnaires, key informant interviews, focus groups, etc. 
  • Conducts literature reviews and online research. 
  • Analyzes research findings, conducting statistical analysis and/or content analysis to identify key themes and issues.  
  • Prepares research summaries, reporting on research methodologies, findings and key themes. 
  • Participates in the development of recommendations related to research findings.  

Application Details

We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

WORK STATUS:                Term

HOURS OF WORK:            Monday – Friday (35 hours per week)

SALARY:                             $15.00 per hour – non union

WORK LOCATION:            110 Grassy Lake, Halifax NS

CLOSING DATE:               Applications will be received until Monday, May 29, 2017 at midnight.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request accommodation.  Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

(position #78621035)

If you would like more information on how you could apply for this position as a CBU Co-op Option and earn 3 credits toward your degree, please contact CBU Student Placement Officer Carly Turnbull: