Spokane, United States

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.

  • Department(s): Research

  • Location(s): International Remote or Greater Spokane, Washington area.

  • Reports to: Research Staff and Primary Investigator PI).

General Purpose

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.

Data entry

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.

Strongly self-motivated

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:







Community centers

Educational institutions


Care facilities

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

Organizational 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.

Passionately supportive

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.