Opportunities for Students

Work Opportunities

MABRRI hires students to work on both new and ongoing research projects throughout the academic year and during the summer period. We offer both Work Opportunity (Work Op) and Research Assistant Positions. Interested students are encouraged to contact one of the MABRRI Research Coordinators in advance of the semester or summer period that they are applying for.

Work Op positions are recommended for students that are new to MABRRI. Work Ops involve 70 paid hours working on a specific project. Students interested in a Work Op are encouraged to find a faculty member interested in supporting a project at MABRRI.

Research Assistant positions are intended for senior undergraduate students. Research Assistants work on several ongoing MABRRI projects. RAs also assist in grant funding applications, developing new projects, and facilitating outreach in the community. First priority for these positions is given to students who have previously worked for MABRRI and demonstrated a high quality of work.

Job Postings

Find below the Summer 2018 Research Assistant positions. Please note that some of the postings are for more than one Research Assistant position. If you would like to apply to more than one position you are required to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter for each to the appropriate Projects Coordinator. Deadline for submission is March 16th, 2018.

MABRRI Research Assistant: Plant Phenology & Garry Oak Ecosystem Mapping - mabrri_research_assistant_-_plant_phenology_garry_oak_ecosystem_mapping.pdf

MABRRI Research Assistant: Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring & Bull Kelp Monitoring and Enhancement Plot - mabrri_research_assistant_-_forage_fish_spawning_habitat_monitoring_bull_kelp_monitoring_and_enhancement_plot.pdf

MABRRI Research Assistant: Wetland Mapping & Snuneymuxw First Nation Plant Project - mabrri_research_assistant_-_wetland_mapping_snuneymuxw_first_nation.pdf

MABRRI Research Assistant: Urban and Regional Planning - mabrri_research_assistant_-_urban_and_regional_planning.pdf

MABRRI Research Assistant: Snaw-Naw-As Garden Education and Outreach - mabrri_research_assistant_-_snaw-naw-as_garden_education_and_outreach.pdf

Independent Research

Interested in conducting your own research in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region? MABRRI is happy to provide advice and support on the development of your 490/491 Independent Senior Research Project (for undergraduates) as well as Graduate research projects and thesis relating to the biosphere region. Students must have a faculty supervisor and submit their research applications through their department of study.

ADGIS Practicum

MABRRI currently maintains one position each year for a full time ADGIS practicum student in the Spring Semester. This student is provided with a small honorarium for their work. Interested students are encouraged to apply through their program.

Become a Published Researcher

MABRRI will soon be receiving submissions for the first ever edition of the International Journal of Biosphere Reserves. The journal will feature submissions from researchers in biospheres around the world. We encourage both graduate and undergraduate students that have conducted research relating to biosphere reserves to submit either a research article or research note.


MABRRI is always looking for student volunteers to help deliver presentations about the MABR, attend community events, and help out with citizen science initiatives like the Annual MABR BioBlitz. If you are interested, please contact one of the MABR Research Coordinators.

Coming soon, MABRRI student researchers will be forming a MABRRI club for students interested in learning about and improving the biosphere!


Opportunities for Community Members & Experts

Technical Advisory Committees

MABRRI is currently developing Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) for some of its student research projects. TACs will involve community knowledge holders and Vancouver Island University faculty and will function as informal, arms-length advisory boards on certain projects.

Click here to get involved in a Technical Advisory Committee