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Terra Centre

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Mission            Empowering Teen Parents to Succeed

Vision              Teen Parent Families Thrive and Enrich our Community

Job ID              21-003TERRA

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for over 45 years Terra is recognized for its leadership, innovation and collaboration.  Annually more than 1,000 young parents and their children benefit from a comprehensive range of services. Through the compassionate work of the staff, we help parents and children to develop and reach their full potential by recognizing and responding to their unique and individual needs.   Terra Centre staff are guided by the Code of Honour which supports, respects, and celebrates our families and staff (https://terracentre.ca/what-is-terra/careers/).  If you share our values and support our mission and vision please consider joining our team.

Terra is celebrating 50 years of serving teen parents.  Their stories are inspiring and add to the rich history of the organization.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research and Writer is responsible for researching and collecting historical information, conducting interviews with alumni, and assembling and writing historical stories about the impact and work of Terra.  Stories will be used for a variety of purposes including blogs and social media.  The successful candidate will also be responsible for creating a time line of significant events and milestones of the agency with compelling narrative.

This is a temporary position that is 12 weeks in length working 22.5 hours/week.  This may include working occasional evenings and weekends.  The start date is August 3, 2021.  The position is based out of the downtown office located at 9930-106 Street.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, collect and document historical artifacts from Terra’s past
  • Conduct interviews with those that may include past and present Terra Centre participants, Board members and staff
  • Where possible digitize items and information currently in the Terra archives
  • Utilize existing local historical resources (libraries, external archives, resources from external organizations) to build a greater understanding of the history of Terra Centre
  • Write stories detailing the history of Terra Centre


  • Meet the Canada Summer Jobs youth eligibility requirements:
    • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
    • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment; and,
    • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Experience researching and collection information
  • Demonstrated superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Intermediate skills using MS Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Able to adapt communication and working style to best suit audience when interacting with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Works independently, and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Interest and understanding of archival practice and information management
  • Willingness to pursue leads and information with uncertain or unknown results
  • Skilled organizer, thorough researcher, and engaging story teller
  • Understanding or willingness to learn how to collect information and stories in a way that is sensitive to diverse people

Other requirements:

  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check that are dated within 90 Days of the start date

Terra has intentional practices in place to achieve fairness in employment and create a diverse workforce.  No person will be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to their abilities.

Recruitment and advancement will not discriminate on the grounds of any protected characteristics under Alberta Human Rights or Canadian Human Rights legislation.

Individuals will be recruited to positions based on their demonstrated skills, qualifications and attributes required for employment; and alignment to agency core values.

Hourly Wage: $25/hour

Closing Date: July 12, 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include the 21-003TERRA, Researcher/Writer in the Subject Line of the email.