Job Posting
Competition #74134
Student Research Officer, Co-op Level 2 or Equivalent
Temporary, Full-Time (Summer 2021)
Location: Vancouver or Victoria, B.C.
Salary (firm): $26.18 per hour

Job Profile: Student Research Officer

Are you a student who has successfully completed, at minimum, your first year of law school? Do you have a passion for and commitment to human rights? Consider joining BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner as a Student Research Officer for the summer term!

BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) exists to address the root causes of inequality, discrimination and injustice in B.C. by shifting laws, policies, practices and cultures. We do this work through education, research, advocacy, inquiry and monitoring.

The Student Research Officer will work under the supervision of a Staff Lawyer to provide legal research assistance to the Legal Department and other Departments at BCOHRC. It is anticipated that the Student Research Officer will be assigned a major research project to be concluded during their employment with BCOHRC that focuses on one or more of the following: Indigenous legal systems and human rights; poverty as a cause and consequence of discrimination; detention by the state; the rise of hate and white supremacy in B.C. , and/or; emerging issues in human rights law.  In addition, the Student Research Officer will assist with tasks related to the day-to-day work of BCOHRC, including research to support interventions before the BC Human Rights Tribunal or other administrative tribunals and courts, holding inquiries, and providing legal support to all of BCOHRC’s departments.

Equity and diversity

We are striving to build a diverse team that has lived experience with human rights. Preference may be given to applicants who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC); Peoples with diverse gender identities or expressions; and/or, People with disabilities.

It will assist us with screening if you make reference in your application to these stated preferences. Recognizing the impacts of discrimination, we ask for a brief statement only, to the degree you feel comfortable sharing (for example, “My family background includes the experience of being Indigenous,” or “I have had personal lived experiences that helped me to understand discrimination on the basis of disability”). One of our guiding principles is to operate in a trauma-informed manner and thus, it is your choice whether to volunteer information. We will hold your application in strictest confidence, sharing it only with the hiring panel.

Conflict of interest

The BC Human Rights Commissioner is an independent Officer of the Legislature with the ability to hold inquiries into a broad range of human rights matters within B.C. Accordingly, successful candidates will need to avoid conflicts of interest. This could mean that successful candidates may not be permitted to sit on boards or engage in other activities that could result in an actual or perceived conflict of interest.

Additional information

This posting is for one (1) temporary, full-time position from May 3 to August 27, 2021 (negotiable).
• This position may be performed remotely (within B.C.), or from the Vancouver or Victoria BCOHRC office.
Please note: Due to the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, this position may need to be performed remotely until the Commissioner determines, based on information from the Provincial Health Officer, that conditions have been met for employees to safely return to the office.
Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada (i.e., Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada such as via a work permit). Employment is contingent upon continued eligibility to work in Canada.
The successful applicant requires a criminal record check. Existence of a criminal record will not result in immediate disqualification.
• This position is excluded from union membership.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities and a complete list of required and preferred qualifications, please refer to the job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Erin Hinton at    

How to apply

Review the job profile

  1. Submit a cover letter and resume detailing your relevant work experience and how you meet the stated qualifications.
  2. Submit a writing sample that is legal in nature and, preferably, not more than 10 pages long (i.e. a legal memo or a law school research paper).
  3. Include the position title on the cover letter and in the email subject line.
  4. Applications must be submitted by email to .

Application tips

  • Initial screening will be based on the education and experience qualifications specified in the job profile.
  • Please ensure your resume and cover letter clearly specify how your education and experience meet the required job qualifications.
  • It is a good idea to carefully review the education and experience requirements and tailor your resume and cover letter to respond to them.
  • Be as clear and specific as possible in your resume, including the year(s) (and month(s), for short-term roles of less than a year) for each job in your employment history as well as the job-related responsibilities.
  • The content and/or format of your cover letter and resume may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
  • Please note that if the panel is not able to tell from your resume whether you meet the education and experience requirements for the position, we will not consider your application any further.

Due to a high volume of applications, we will not be able to accept incomplete or late applications.

If your application is shortlisted – Next steps

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the next stage of the hiring process, which may include the following:

  • Interview

Only those applications submitted to BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner directly by email will be considered. Please DO NOT apply for this position by submitting your profile on the BC Government Hiring Centre website.

Your application must be received by 9:00 a.m. PST, January 25, 2021.


Erin Hinton, A/HR Coordinator

By submitting your application, you certify that all information submitted is true, complete and correct. Any information provided in your application, any assessment documents or processes and/or an interview that is found to be false or misrepresented in any respect, may eliminate you from further consideration for employment or may result in dismissal.