First Nations Data Collection - Indigenous Data Analyst Intern

The Opportunity: The Rural Development Network is seeking an Indigenous Data Analyst to work alongside our First Nations Data Collection team. Informed by Elders and Knowledge Keepers, this project will support the planning and implementation strategies for gathering data and quantifying housing needs, service needs and community development projects on First Nation communities in Canada. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the non-profit sector, learn about rural development, and gain a greater understanding of working with First Nations communities and Indigenous data.

Location: We will consider applicants located in Alberta and across Canada, who are willing and able to work remotely; RDN’s office is located in Edmonton, Alberta for candidates who prefer to work in person. Please indicate in your cover letter where you are located.

Compensation: $19.00/hr - 35 hours per week. The work schedule would be flexible and could be completed in between or after classes.

Term of project: This project is estimated to be completed between June 2023 - September 2023. 

Anticipated Start Date:  This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. The position will start in June 2023.


  • Analyzing data collected from 6 different Indigenous communities with an understanding of strategies that respect traditional ways and honour ceremonies ;
  • Assisting with data segmentation, analyzing and interpreting the data collected;
  • Data visualization and curating important information;
  • Supporting the completion of all necessary project reporting;
  • Ensuring that all data related project activities are accomplished within designated time frames, making recommendations as required.

Desired Skills and Experience:

RDN is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented team player with a passion for supporting rural communities, and an interest in data analysis.

  • Understanding of Indigenous culture, issues and social structures;
  • Knowledge of intergenerational trauma, settler colonialism, and systemic oppression;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Working with complex data sets and data integration;
  • Analytical with a solid understanding of data correlations;
  • Knowledge of design, development, and implementation utilizing current analytics technologies;
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to maintain a very high degree of confidentiality;
  • Ability to take initiative;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel
  • Experience with Google suite, especially Google sheets;
  • Knowledge or experience with data visualization software such as Power BI or Tableau.


  • We are looking for a student undertaking post-secondary education in a related field such as Native Studies, Data Science, Analytics, Economics, and Math. 

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to We recommend applying as soon as possible. Applications will still be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

COVID-19 & Vaccinations:

RDN is committed to the safety and health of our team and people we work with. Accordingly, it is our responsibility to promote the health and safety of all employees, contractors, clients, and communities we serve by reducing the risks of COVID-19 through vaccination as per AHS guidance. All RDN employees and interns are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, if they are able to.

About the Rural Development Network:

RDN is a non-profit organization that supports the sustainability of rural communities. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Some of the key things RDN does are: managing and delivering projects and initiatives, helping to identify and access funding to support projects, performing services on a cost-recovery basis, identifying, creating, and sharing tools, information and expertise, and partnering with other organizations on projects to compliment their skills & expertise, and boost their capacity.

RDN is a very entrepreneurial organization with a diverse team of over 45 staff, and a unique work environment. We have a team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow, and encourage team members to explore their interests and develop new opportunities. This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.

We are committed to and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion and to ensuring an equitable workplace that welcomes and respects diversity amongst our staff, board members and volunteers. RDN works to ensure and promote inclusivity, recognizing and actively supporting the different needs of our diverse staff, clients, and stakeholders. We recognize that diversity is and will always be a key component of rural Canada’s future success, and we strive to ensure that our staff is diverse. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover​​ letters.

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For more information, please contact:

Daniela Seiferling