OPIRG McMaster has funds available to pay for student research and office jobs, both through OPIRG’s budget, and through external funding.
- OPIRG McMaster accepts applications from students for Canada Summer Jobs for environmental and social justice initiatives and research.
- OPIRG McMaster also hires students through the McMaster Work Program.
OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites Aboriginal individuals, persons of colour, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, working class individuals, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Please read over eligibility requirements for each of the programs before applying. You may find our Temporary Staff Hiring Policy here. Contact the office to learn more.
History of Canada Summer Jobs at OPIRG McMaster (1996 – present)
2013 – Alternative Welcome Week Coordinator
2012 – no grant offered
2011 – Alternative Welcome Week Co-ordinator
2010 – OPIRG Research Library/Office Assistant
2010 – Hamilton Food Matters
2009 – Seniors Research Project (understanding poverty, aging and health using seniors in the North end of Hamilton as a case study)
2009 – Eat Local Cookbook Project Co-ordinator (no cookbook produced)
2008 – To Feed a City: Exploring Hamilton’s Alternative Food Initiatives
2007 – Reweaving a Live Art Project Co-ordinator 2
2006 – Reweaving a Life Art Project Co-ordinator (working on a Canada-Mexico art project in support of Walking Together for Health and Development, now known as Atzin, an organization working with the indigenous women of Tlamacazapa, Mexico)
2005 – Non-Violence Now Workshop Co-ordinator (development of workshop series for secondary schools)
2004 – African Canadian Community Researcher (strengthening the information and the resource base for the African Canadian community in Hamilton)
2003 – Homelessness in Hamilton Researcher
2002 – Resource Library Co-ordinator
2001 – Alternatives to Pesticides Educator
2000 – Supermarket Tour Researcher (update the existing Supermarket Tour). Follow this link to a pdf copy of the tour.
1999 – Impact of the Automobile Researcher (produce an analysis of urban transportation issues using Hamilton-Wentworth as a case study)
1999 – Food Issues Researcher
1998 -OPIRG McMaster Guide to Overseas Travel Co-ordinator – (the purpose of the guide was to provide students with an outline of the necessary steps when considering, planning, experiencing and returning home form a “developing country”, and specifically, to point them towards local organizations, resources and resource people to help them along the way)
1998 – Labour Curriculum Developer – (development of a labour history package for secondary schools)
1998 – Bio-Diversity Co-ordinator (maintaining campus naturalization site)
1997 – Recycle Cycles Co-ordinator – (responsible for establishing a recycle cycles centre off campus)
1997 – Media/Six Nations Issues Reporter – (conduct research into the media portrayal of native people, specifically examining issues concerning natives of the Six Nations Reserve)
1996 – Campus Native Species Bio-Diversity Co-ordinator – (established a native species garden on campus)