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Research Trainee

Research Trainee

City Planning , Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis

Deadline Date: February 24, 2019



Salary: $18.82 - $20.62

Number of Positions: 15


Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as Research Trainee within our City Planning Division.


Work for the City Planning Division and help us understand how the City’s economy and land use are changing by doing field research. Use a tablet computer in the field to collect thousands of records of information on employment and land use that we use to plan the City’s future development and the services it offers.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Participates in a field survey by gathering data from thousands of business establishments, buildings and properties in the City of Toronto for use in urban planning research and policy development, within the context of municipal planning and current planning issues in Ontario
  • Independently visits places of employment and other sites in all parts of the City and determines and records various characteristics, e.g. business name; number of employees; land use, employment activity; development and construction characteristics
  • Collects and enters data into the employment and land use databases using a tablet computer and GIS software in the field and in the office, edits and verifies material, and conducts on-site and telephone call-backs when necessary
  • Precisely follows procedures and works accurately and efficiently within strict time- frames, and keeps supervisors proactively advised of the status of the assigned work
  • Works independently and as a member of a team to complete the assigned tasks and collaborates with others to complete the project on schedule
  • Assists in general office duties as required.


Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Currently enrolled in, and having completed, at least one year of a post-secondary educational degree programme in Urban Planning or in Geography, GIS or Environmental Studies with an emphasis on urban and/or regional planning.
  2. Experience with using computers, preferably in a Windows environment
  3. Experience with collecting and analysing census and land use data

You must also have:

  • Highly developed communication, organizational, problem solving and multi-tasking skills with the ability to work with others and to plan, assess priorities and perform the work.
  • Ability to collect and maintain data
  • Willing to travel extensively throughout the City of Toronto and able to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Ability to carry a tablet computer with a weight of 2.5 kg for daily field survey work over many weeks.

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