Join our international team of volunteer researchers!
The Researcher Volunteer will learn to help with the design, assessment, implementation, planning, and documentation of RPG Research's many research projects.
Can be 100% remote work.
We have over 130 staff members across 6 continents regularly working together each week on research, training, and community projects.
The Researcher Volunteer will:
participate in team performing annual literature reviews and update the research archives content accordingly
write at least one internally peer-reviewed research-related blog posting (1-2 pages each) per month (beginning within four months of starting training), including RPG Research in the attribution
write at least one analysis essay (3+ pages each) per year on prior existing research literature from any approved source, with written analysis to include RPG Research in the attribution
pass required background checks before gaining access to sensitive data or interacting with participants
take observational notes of at least one approved live or recorded RPG session per year, with written analysis (3+ pages), including RPG Research in the attribution
write two internally peer-reviewed research essays on your (approved) topic of choice per year (5+ pages each, including RPG Research in the attribution
complete the sixteen week training before supervising research projects
once completing base sixteen-week training, become eligible to participate in running, or assisting with running, at least one RPG research study per year, including RPG Research in the attribution
design, assess, implement, plan, evaluated and document research projects
assist with the RPG Research archives in partnership with the Research Archivists Team
assist with the RPG Museum in various capacities with the RPG Museum Team
work on other various projects/tasks in accordance with RPG Research standards
RPG Research is a 100% volunteer-run 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 people around the world. http://www.rpgresearch.com
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.
Due to the length of training and complexity of research projects, a bare minimum of a one 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 (two hours per week).
If needing additional hands-on training, optionally attend one four-hour RPG Trainee session per week, and work toward level one trainee diplomas (typically sixteen weeks).
Update research archives (15-30 minutes per week).
Write and peer review writings of other researchers (1-2 hours per week)
Location(s): International Remote or Greater Spokane, Washington area.
Reports to: Research Director, Primary Investigator PI), or Research Team Lead.
Volunteer will engage in research on the historical and 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.
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
Strong collaborative work ethic
Reliable schedule compliance
Prior research experience in any field preferred (though will train junior researchers)
Working Conditions & Hours
Researcher will usually work remotely, and optionally at other locations including but not limited to:
Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations
Volunteer (no financial compensation), free training.
Possible College Credit: we 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: Volunteer. 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 for more senior roles) (will train those with less experience for more junior roles).
Must pass background check before allowed to access non-public research data or work with research participants.
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, medical, education or similar sciences.
Training/experience with data analysis.
Experience with various assessment tools.
Role-playing Game (RPG) Formats include:
live-action (LRPG & LARP)
electronic (ERPG & CRPG)
hybrid (including SABM)
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, can easily take time off during mid-terms, finals, etc.)
- Potential optional school credit hours (depends on institution and on a case-by-case basis)