Esker on the Barrenlands (Photo: GNWT / T. Stephenson) Esker on the Barrenlands (Photo: GNWT / T. Stephenson)

NEW! Tłı̨chǫ Summer Student Job Opportunity as a Research Assistant at Daring Lake

We're getting ready for this year's Tłı̨chǫ Summer Student Research Assistant Program (TSSRAP) at Daring Lake on the Barrenlands 300 km north of Yellowknife. In its fifth year, the TSSRAP is a unique opportunity for Tłı̨chǫ youth who would like to experience science out on the land and assist university researchers with their projects at the Tundra Ecosystem Research Station this summer. Two one-month research assistant positions are available: one for the month of July, and the one for the month of August. The application deadline is Friday, June 2, 2017. See the poster and end of this story for application details.

Scientists are researching many interesting issues, such as the effects of climate change on Arctic tundra ecosystems.  Successful applicants will learn how to do fieldwork, assist in the lab, learn about the unique ecology of the Barrenlands and find out more about careers in science and research. 

The Objectives of the TSSRAP are:

  • To provide education and training experiences for Tłįcho youth
  • To provide valuable work experience for youth
  • To introduce youth to careers in science, particularly those related to the environment
  • To create awareness and interest in scientific research and fieldwork that may encourage future participation in initiatives such as community-based monitoring programs
  • To support efforts to engage Tłįcho citizens in the stewardship of land, wildlife and resources on Tłįcho lands and in co-management in Wek’èezhìı
  • To provide a mutually beneficial opportunity for students and researchers.  Researchers will benefit from additional field and laboratory assistance, and students will benefit from the mentoring they receive  

Duties and Responsibilities of the Research Assistant Position include:

  • Performing all assigned field / lab work responsibly and punctually
  • Participating in all training and learning opportunities
  • Participating in the Tundra Science and Culture Camp 
  • Assisting with camp chores
  • Being prepared for all work and weather conditions on the land in a remote setting


Applicants must be Tłįcho youth aged 17-28 who are preferably

  • currently in or going into Grade 12 in Fall 2017  OR
  • attending or planning to attend post-secondary education in Fall 2017


Please note:  Start and /or end dates for each position may change slightly depending on flight schedules. 

Position 1:  To be announced

Position 2:  To be announced

Daring Lake

Located on the tundra in the Barrenlands, the Daring Lake area is home to barren-ground caribou and grizzlies, tundra wolves, Arctic and red foxes, wolverines, Arctic ground squirrels and snowshoe hares.  Yellow-billed Loons, Red-throated Loons, peregrine falcons, Rough-legged hawks and many other birds breed here in summer.  Although the region is treeless, it is anything but barren with numerous tundra lakes and ponds, long winding eskers formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago, vibrant wildflowers that bloom in spring and blueberries and cranberries that ripen in summer and fall.  Access to Daring Lake is by float plane in the summer. 

Interested?  Here’s how to apply:

Email or fax your resume and cover letter to:

Susan Beaumont, Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board

Email:   Fax:  867-873-5743    Ph:  867-873-5741

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide references. 

For those who may not have had experience preparing these application materials, take a look at the tips for writing cover letters and resumes by scrolling down to the end of this article.


You can email or call Susan for more information.  You can also read about the experiences of TSSRAP research assistants in previous years:





Writing a Cover Letter

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What to Include on Your First Resume

Many students and others who may be new to resume writing worry that they don’t have enough experience to create a good resume. Don’t be concerned. Once you start to really think about your background, you’ll be surprised at what you have to offer and can highlight in your application. The content of your resume will be determined by your own unique experiences, skills and background but ­ as a general guideline, you should include:

  • Positive personal characteristics
  • Technical and computer skills
  • Courses that relate to the job you’re applying to
  • Educational accomplishments
  • Skills and experience
  • Work history (can include unpaid or volunteer work)

For More Information

There is lots of information out there on writing cover letters and resumes and examples of both online.   There are websites that show different styles of resumes, and some have templates that can be downloaded to build your resume. Choose one that fits your background and experience.