Website RFS Energy Consulting & Research Group Inc.

Research Assistant (Various Projects)

Title: Research Assistant (various projects)

Location: Virtual (anywhere in Canada)

Hours: Part-time or Full-time (up to 35 hours per week)

Start Date: November 21, 2022

Type: 9-month internship with possibility of extension

Salary: $18-20 / hour depending on experience

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Summary:

RFS Energy Group is a small, Canadian sustainability consulting firm that brings people together to propel planning, research and climate change policy into action. We are a fun and passionate team of energy efficiency & strategic planning experts based in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto & Halifax.

We are seeking a self-motivated and passionate team member to support RFS Energy Group on a variety of research projects related to strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such as remote work, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.

RFS Energy Group is proud to be a Generation Power Employer through Indigenous Clean Energy. The successful candidate may be eligible to become a Generation Power Intern and join this year’s cohort. In order to qualify for this internship, you must self-identify as a First Nation, Inuit or Métis youth (18 to 30) and be eligible to work in Canada.


The Research Assistant’s primary roles and responsibilities will be to:

  • Attend regular project meetings and RFS team meetings
  • Conduct background and market research on a variety of topics related to sustainability
  • Review and summarize project background documentation and identify information gaps
  • Support data collection and analysis activities such as developing and carrying out surveys, interviews and focus groups and identifying trends and insights to inform policy and program recommendations
  • Build relationships with project partners, stakeholders and communities
  • Assist in the development of communication and marketing materials
  • Assist in the creation of project reporting & summary documents, including design, copy editing and project statistics
  • Support funding proposal development

Education, Experience & Skills


  • Knowledge of and passion for environmental issues, especially clean energy, the just transition, net zero or energy efficiency.
  • Comfortable working remotely using online platforms for check-ins and meetings (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.) and strong computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite & cloud-based software.
  • Ability to manage tasks independently in a virtual environment while communicating closely with colleagues and supervisors on an ongoing basis.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills and attention to detail.


  • The ideal candidate is a recent graduate or soon to be graduate with research experience in one of the following fields: Environmental Studies, International Development, Business Administration, Public Relations, Marketing or other related discipline.
  • Direct work or volunteer experience in the environmental or climate-related field is preferred but not required.
  • Community engagement, facilitation and/or event planning experience is considered a strong asset.
  • Data collection and research experience, including developing and administering surveys and conducting qualitative interviews is considered an asset.
  • An eye for design and ability to create visually appealing reports, infographics and slides.
    Interest in working in an entrepreneurial, small business environment.

Working Conditions:
RFS Energy Group operates in a remote work environment. Some travel is occasionally required.

Equity Hiring:
RFS Energy Group values and is committed to equity and inclusion and to building a diverse and representative workforce. We encourage all interested people to apply; however, priority will be given to candidates from frequently underrepresented, marginalized and equity deserving groups. Please self-identify on either your cover letter or resume.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please submit your cover letter and resume, merged into one document, via email to Justus Knutson ( Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We appreciate all interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.