MITACS Graduate Student Intern – Sept-Dec 2019

Project: Coastal Community Access to Fisheries in Canada

Supervisors: Dr. Rashid Sumaila ( and Dr. Nathan Bennett (
Dates: Approx. Sept 9-Dec 20, 2019 (dates somewhat flexible)

Coastal communities and fishermen in British Columbia are facing a suite of issues that can challenge the continuity of the livelihoods of individual fishermen and influence community development outcomes. Some of the challenges facing fishers in BC include changing markets, climate, spatial competition, ecological and governance conditions. One significant and growing challenge that has been identified in BC fisheries is access – which can be defined as the ability of fishers to use and benefit from available fisheries resources. However, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge about access issues in BC – including understanding the status, the drivers and the outcomes of access issues. Lack of a comprehensive knowledge base about these issues can undermine our ability to make informed programmatic decisions and policy recommendations to address access issues in BC fisheries. This objective of this project is to develop and implement a quantitative survey of fishermen in coastal British Columbia to help to fill these gaps in knowledge. We are hiring a MITACS graduate student intern for the fall (Sept-Dec 2019) to assist with conducting the survey, data entry, analysis and writing. Salary and travel costs will be covered.


  • Conducting a social science survey with fishermen in communities in the lower mainland
  • Entering data into Excel spreadsheets
  • Analyzing qualitative and quantitative survey data
  • Writing reports and academic papers

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Ability and willingness to spend some time conducting research in the field
  • Self-motivated and task oriented
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to organize travel, logistics, and budgets
  • Good communicator and social skills
  • Use of Excel for data entry
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
  • Writes good…;-)


  • The applicant must be a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at a Canadian university.

Application process:
Please send CV and expression of interest to Nathan Bennett at as soon as possible. We will conduct an initial review of applications after August 20. If there are no suitable applicants in round 1, we will recirculate with a later deadline. Please contact with any questions.