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Health Research Reference Support Volunteer


Volunteers are the heart of the Foundation. Every volunteer is a valued and essential partner in achieving Heart & Stroke’s vision of healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Our community offers a welcoming and fulfilling environment for volunteers to contribute their time and talents. We welcome diversity in all of its manifestations. It is important for us to reflect the communities we serve. Diversity strengthens our performance and improves our ability to deliver more impact. 

As a volunteer in this role, you help deliver our mission by bringing your understanding of health sciences, reference management software, and scientific articles/reports to Heart & Stroke. 

This is an ideal volunteer role for students in Health Sciences, Biology, Nursing, Pre-Medicine and other relevant programs.

2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1300, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4

May- August 2019, with possibility for renewal. 
14-24 hours per week over 2-5 days. Shifts are flexible within regular office hours (9am-5pm, M-F) and will be determined in conjunction with the Employee Partner. 

Some of the activities associated with this role may include:

  • Perform online searches for scientific articles related to heart and stroke-related topics to populate content to Heart & Stroke centralized reference repository
  • Organize and catalogue records of scientific articles and health records using SharePoint and Zotero reference management software and adhering to file saving nomenclature guidelines and procedures
  • Support creation of instructional videos and/or PowerPoint slides using Zotero as well as internal training around Zotero software
  • Support Data Knowledge and Heart team with the development of reference and citation management policies and procedures

Qualities you’ll need for this role:

  • Undergraduate degree completed or in progress in a science-related discipline
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office Suite, SharePoint) and ability to learn new computer skills quickly 
  • 1+ years of experience performing online searches for scientific articles using PubMed and Google Scholar as well as creating bibliographies and citations in an academic or healthcare setting
  • Experience working with reference management software (e.g. Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley)
  • Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and adhere to policies and procedures
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Proficiency in at least English. French language proficiency is an asset. 

What you’ll get from the experience:

  • Stronger connection to Heart & Stroke
  • Experience with a leading health non-profit, suitable for sharing on your resume or CV
  • Opportunities to expand your network and connections
  • Opportunities for additional professional development experiences may be available

Other Requirements:

To apply, please send an email to telling us about yourself and why you’re interested.

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