Peer Researcher, Two-Spirit Dry Lab

Position Type: Up to full-time (range of 10-37.5 hours/week) for 6-12 months starting as soon as possible, with possibility for extension (indicate preferred hours/week and contract duration in cover letter)
Wage: $22-28/hour, depending on experience (plus possibility of extended health benefits)
Location: Flexible within Canada, ideally at one of CBRC’s offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax (indicate preferred location in cover letter)
Language: Primary working language is English
Status: Closed

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of sexual and gender minority populations through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia; we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.


The Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), in support of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab (2SDL), is seeking a passionate and organized Peer Researcher to join the 2SDL multidisciplinary team of Indigenous and settler-ally researchers dedicated to supporting the well-being of Two-Spirit people through an active, community-engaged, Two-Eyed Seeing research program. This Peer Researcher will work at CBRC and with members of the 2SDL to analyze survey data from Indigenous participants of the Sex Now survey, share findings with our stakeholders, and build relationships with new lab partners.

The 2SDL was formed in response to a commitment on the part of the CBRC to address the 2015 Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. We call ourselves a “Dry Lab” as a research group/laboratory that does its work on computers and not with beakers or Bunsen burners! 

The 2SDL is based at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), a provincial public health and research centre located on unceded and traditional Musequam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, and we are graciously hosted by BCCDC’s Chee Mamuk program. Chee Mamuk is an Indigenous program that provides innovative and culturally appropriate training, educational resources and wise practice models in sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis, and HIV. The 2SDL is additionally supported by The Round Table: BC’s LGBTQ2 Mental Health & Substance Use Networking Space, and Simon Fraser University.

We welcome applications from anyone committed to centering and uplifting the experiences of Two-Spirit people. We believe that research is strengthened by the equitable inclusion of voices from populations that have historically been silenced or absent in health research. We therefore strongly encourage applications from Indigenous and Two-Spirit people, Black and People of Colour, queer people, trans people, and people living with disabilities. We encourage you to share your relationships to these communities in your cover letter.


At CBRC, we recognize the value of a variety of educational experiences, including but not limited to academic, career-based, and personal learnings. No one’s application will be ignored due to having not met a formal educational threshold. However, an undergraduate degree/diploma in one of the following areas would be an asset:

  • Indigenous Studies or Governance
  • Health or Statistics
  • Education
  • Social Sciences (such as Sociology or Geography)
  • Project Management

Job Responsibilities

The Peer Researcher will perform a variety of tasks and activities, which may include some of the following:

  • Learn about community-based research and Two-Eyed Seeing
  • Participate in developing data analysis plans
  • Work with 2SDL members to analyze quantitative data
  • Co-facilitate meetings and presentations to share study results and obtain feedback from stakeholders
  • Contribute to reports of findings
  • Participate in team meetings
  • Be available for training sessions
  • Contribute to designing training sessions to support culturally appropriate inclusion of, and equity for, Two-Spirit people in research
  • Follow privacy regulations and maintain data confidentiality at all times
  • Uphold and embody community-based research and applied ethics principles by working with community and organizational stakeholders to implement all tasks

Other Qualifications and Skills

  • A commitment to researching and privileging the voices and experiences of Two-Sprit people
  • A commitment to the principles outlined in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Actions
  • Ability and interest to work with a collaborative team, with members from diverse disciplines and personal and professional backgrounds
  • An interest in developing research skills including, but not limited to, quantitative data analysis, writing analysis plans and reports, and sharing research findings with the community
  • Ability to learn new skills from multidisciplinary team members
  • Previous volunteer or work experience in Indigenous community work, public health, Two-Spirit and/or LGBTQ+ community work, and/or health research is not necessary but may help give the Peer Researcher context
  • Prior experience in quantitative data analysis and using statistical analysis software (e.g., Excel, SPSS, SAS) is an asset but not a requirement
  • Ability to work with online software within the MS Office suite (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

How to Apply

Please send the following to CBRC’s Research Manager, Ben Klassen at [email protected] in your preferred format (email, written as part of your cover letter, video, voice recording, to list a few!):

  • Cover letter (required) and résumé/CV/work experience statement (optional)
  • Responses to the following questions:
    • What interests you in this position?
    • How would you describe your work and engagement experience with Two-Spirit people and communities?
    • What are your career goals?

We will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. 

CBRC believes in work led by and for community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from Indigenous and Two-Spirit people, Black and People of Colour, queer people, trans and non-binary people, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences.

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About CBRC

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
Peer Researcher, Two-Spirit Dry Lab
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