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Job Posting: Livestock Policy Researcher

The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. NFU members work together to achieve agricultural policies that ensure dignity and security of income for farm families while enhancing the land for future generations, working nationally and internationally for farmers and social justice. The National Farmers Union is unique among farm organizations in working for people’s interests against corporate control of our food system.

The NFU Livestock Policy Researcher is a 10-week, part-time (10 hours/week) contract made possible by membership funding. The work is performed in support of the NFU’s Livestock Committee. Research review will be provided by the NFU’s Director of Policy and Research. The position reports to the Executive Director.

The Role & Responsibilities

The NFU Livestock Policy Researcher’s responsibilities include the following:

 Coordinate Slaughter Regulations Project

  • coordinate collection of provincial slaughter regulations across Canada
  • compile data collected
  • assist in preparing a report of project findings

Economic Research

  • Research economic impacts of regional meat production and processing for rural communities using relevant peer-reviewed and other reliable documents
  • Draft a report with policy recommendations based on this research
  • Catalogue funding opportunities available to family farm livestock producers


  • Other duties as needed to support the work of the NFU Livestock Committee
  • Participate in Zoom meetings and discussions via email and Slack

Working Conditions

This is a part-time, contract position (10 hours per week), at a rate of $18 per hour for 10 weeks. Work during evenings may be required. The NFU Livestock Policy Researcher will work from home. Staff support will be available remotely for any questions.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a highly organized, responsible person with keen research and analysis capabilities. They will have a background in agriculture and agricultural policy. The Livestock Policy Researcher is eager to take initiative in their tasks, but aware of the need for review to ensure accuracy. They will be keen to accept feedback and to learn any skills they do not already have. They will have strong written and communication skills. They must be committed to the NFU’s goals.


The NFU Livestock Policy Researcher will have:

  • A background in agricultural policy and legislation, either through schooling, experience or both
  • An understanding of livestock regulations
  • Knowledge of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty
  • Ability to work collaboratively while taking responsibility for their work
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, conscientiousness
  • Proactive, positive, industrious, and socially conscientious
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusivity and respect
  • Communications – Excellent written and spoken English; Proficiency in French highly desired
  • Experience compiling data and writing technical reports

To Apply

Interested applicants may forward their resume and cover letter in confidence no later than Friday March 5, 2021 to

The NFU is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applicants of diverse race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and gender expression.