Join our international team of researchers!
Additional details: http://w3.rpgresearch.com/volunteer/opportunities/research-assistant-i
The Level 1 Researcher Volunteer will learn to help with the design, implementation, and assessment of RPG Research's many research projects.
Can be 100% remote work. We have over 50 staff members across 5 continents regularly working together each week on research, training, and community projects.
A mid-level position. The Level 1 Research Assistant Volunteer will learn to help with the design, implementation, and assessment of RPG Research's many research projects. Will write at least 1 research related blog posting per month, 2 research essays per year, and help with at least 1 major research study at RPG Research per year. Will help with taking observational notes during RPG sessions, help design, implement, and assess research projects, and otherwise work on various projects in accordance with RPG Research standards.
RPG Research is a 100% volunteer international 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services organization studying the effects of music and role-playing games, and their potential to improve quality of life for a wide range of populations. http://www.rpgresearch.com
Due to the length of training and complexity of research projects, a bare minimum 1 year commitment is expected, with preference for multiple years to help bring research projects to completion.
TYPICAL SCHEDULE (3 to 7 hours per week).
Attend 1 Researchers training/meeting session per week (2 hours per week).
If needing additional training on our theories and practices, optionally attend one 4-hour RPG Trainee session per week, and work toward trainee diplomas.
Update research archives. (15-60 minutes per week).
Write 1 peer-reviewed blog-posting per month, and peer-review 1 or more of your associates blog-posting drafts. (15-60 minutes per week).
Write one 3+ page (any length) essay every 6 months.
Participate in at least one research project per year.
Location(s): International Remote or Greater Spokane, Washington area.
Reports to: Research Staff and Primary Investigator PI).
Volunteer will engage in research on the latest information available about the effects and uses of role-playing games, their potential educational and therapeutic uses, and various original RPG Research projects. We have over 200 research questions in the queue needing to be addressed.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Take observation notes of research participants/players/game-masters, group interpersonal dynamics.
Literature review research
Attend either in-person, or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week (2-3 hours)
Write at least 1 research related blog posting per month (1-2 pages)
Write at least 2 research essays per year (3+ pages)
Availability for at least 1 research project per year, and able to work at least 10 hours per month on assigned research tasks.
Strong collaborative work ethic
Reliable schedule compliance
Prior research experience in any field
Working Conditions & Hours
Researcher will frequently work remotely, and optionally at RPG Research offices, or other locations including but not limited to:
Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations
Training: 2-3 hours per week free training (we offer multiple training sessions per week, require attending at least one per week).
Compensation: Volunteer (no financial compensation), free training. May be able to sign off on college credit upon agreement signed with your educational institution for volunteer hours or internship hours. Handled on a case-by-base basis.
Job Types: Part-time. Optional Internship.
Salary: $0.00 /hour (volunteer, no pay, but free training)
Education & Training
At least 1 year experience with a research study from any field (5+ years preferred).
Must pass background check before allowed to access non-public research data.
Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.
Optional but helpful:
Training/experience in therapeutic recreation / recreation therapy field
Training/experience in psychology, health, social, or similar sciences.
Training/experience with data analysis.
Experience with various assessment tools.
* Role-playing Game (RPG) Formats include: tabletop (TRPG), live-action (LRPG & LARP), electronic (ERPG & CRPG), and hybrid (including SABM).
Core Competencies (will train):
Strong literature review research skills
Strong observational skills
Strong report writing skills
Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
"Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
What's great in the job?
- 100% Remote option.
- Flexible hours (typically just 3-6 hours per week).
- RPG Research has been involved with role-playing games since the 1970s and researching their effects since 1983. We have also helped run programs in schools since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.
- We have been offering the world's most comprehensive repository of research information on role-playing games, freely and openly, online since 2004.
- We are a 100% volunteer-run international research & human services 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
- We need volunteers to help us maintain our extensive research archives consistent of thousands of content items, run our programs, and help us continue to grow so we can help improve more lives around the world.