Local recruitment: Policy Research Intern

Ontario Government

Peterborough, ON, CA

What can I expect to do in this role?

Assist in the research, analysis and synthesis of program data, records, jurisdictional scans and other sources of information to inform evidence-based policy development and interpretation with respect to water resources and the Great Lakes.

How do I qualify?

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


• Demonstrated knowledge of legislation and policy.
• Knowledge of water resources and management legislation and related regulations and policies.
• Knowledge and understanding of policy and program development, research and analytical approaches and techniques.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Good judgment and interpersonal skills.

Analytical and Research Skills:

• Gather, summarize and interpret information from sources such as information systems, websites and jurisdictional scans to inform the development of evidence-based policies.
• Develop of options and recommendations on policies with respect to water resources.
• Liaise with other branches and ministries on policy projects and networks, and assist staff in consulting with other MNRF staff, other Ontario ministries, Indigenous communities and organizations, and other governments to contribute to policy development and interpretation.
• Prepare technical reports, discussion papers, correspondence, presentation materials, briefing notes, analyses and other written communications to support the development and interpretation of policies.
• Assess implications and potential effects of proposed changes to current government policies and programs.
• Assist in developing and maintaining effective information management systems including research files and databases, electronic tracking/filing systems and hard copy records, and identifying opportunities to improve the management of information.
• Participate in reviews of relevant policy materials led by other MNRF programs.

Computer Skills:

• Working knowledge of computer software packages including MS-Excel, MS Word, MS Access;


Successful candidates may be required to undergo an employment screening check in accordance with the Ontario Employment Screening Checks Policy.


• Proof of eligibility to work in Canada;
• Has graduated or will graduate from an approved or legally authorized college or university with a degree, postgraduate certificate or diploma within the last four years;
• Candidates are only eligible to participate in one MNRF 12-month placement and must not have participated in the MNRF internship program in the past.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Friday, April 3, 2020

How to apply:

  1. You must submit your application using only one of the methods identified below.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Be sure to quote the Job ID number for this position.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
Send application to: 
[email protected]
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.




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