Employment Opportunities


Deputy Director/Operations Manager

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Center, Bamfield, B.C.

Date Posted: 04-Feb-20

For more than 40 years Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) has supported year-round education  and research on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. BMSC is owned and managed by a not-for-profit organization, the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, whose members are University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria.

The BMSC campus is in a beautiful but remote location. It can be accessed by float plane and boat when weather is favourable and by a 75km logging road from Port Alberni. Bamfield itself is a small community of about 200 people, with limited facilities and services. The BMSC campus consists of a large waterfront property on which are situated classrooms and teaching labs, research facilities, a library, student and researcher housing, administration buildings, maintenance and storage facilities, a kitchen and dining hall, a conference centre, and extensive foreshore operations that support research vessels and diving.

The vision of the BMSC is life-changing exploration and discovery in the coastal and marine environments, with an ambitious mission to develop and provide the research capacity and services that enable innovative approaches to ocean exploration and discovery, and enhances our field based education programs with a research experience.  Educational programs include short programs for middle and high school students, and multi-week courses for undergraduate credit. BMSC has been the field station for world-class researchers and their graduate students for decades. The ability to access pristine coastal waters and forests has been a hallmark of BMSC education and research, and BMSC maintains a fleet of boats and a range of other equipment (including diving) that support hands-on experiential education as well as research. BMSC infrastructure recently underwent significant renovation thanks to a $3m grant from the federal government and the five member institutions.

The annual operating budget is approximately $3.5m. A staff of about 30 people work at BMSC. Additional teaching staff, teaching assistants and interns are hired seasonally.

BMSC is an important member of the local community and works collaboratively with various groups and organizations in Bamfield and the Alberni-Clayoquot regional district, including Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the RCMP and the Coastguard.

The Deputy Director/Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BMSC, and will participate in achieving long-term goals and strategic plan. The Deputy Director/Operations Manager reports to the Director and is the most senior full-time staff member permanently located at the BMSC.

Deputy Director Responsibilities:

  • Direct oversight and management of: facilities and maintenance; housing and housekeeping; food services; diving and safety; foreshore operations, and IT services
  • Oversight of day-to-day aspects of other operations, as delegated by the Director
  • Management of day-to-day HR issues on campus
  • Working closely with the Director to ensure consistent management practices
  • Close collaboration with other senior managers (Research, Education and Finance) who report to the Director
  • Participation in senior management meetings and carrying out our strategic plan for BMSC

Qualifications and experience

  • A degree, diploma or other professional qualification/experience in a relevant field
  • Experience in managing a facility in a remote location, including managing a budget that includes food and housing, grounds, and diverse infrastructure (power, IT, seawater and freshwater, waste management)
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent resource management skills and the ability to analyze and solve problems
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to successfully manage personnel
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities
  • Experience with academic, education, and research environments preferred
  • Experience in marine environments preferred

Salary and benefits

The Deputy Director/Operations Manager is expected to live on or near campus; on-campus housing may be available for rent.

To apply send a cover letter, CV and the name and contact information of two referees to Dr. Sean Rogers (director@bamfieldmsc.com).