Employment Opportunities


Digital Communications Assistant – Canada Summer Jobs

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 28-Feb-19

Position: Digital Communications Assistant

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre seeks a student to assist with the development of a digital newsletter and accompanying digital content in the summer of 2019.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the University Programs Coordinators, with mentorship from the Associate Director, Education and will be working as part of a team involving our Education Unit (including Field Trips Program, University Programs, and Library).

This is a full-time salaried position, subject to funding, from 8:30-4:30, Monday to Friday. Salary, $15 per hour.


  • Conduct research on strengths and weaknesses of available platforms for newsletter distribution and management of contact information.
  • Update records on our alumni database in preparation for newsletter distribution.
  • Develop digital content for newsletter including short informational videos, researcher and student profiles, and summaries of recent research.
  • Develop short informational social media posts for distribution via Hootsuite and via our newsletter.
  • Add to and assist with the curation of our digital media library.
  • Archive photos for future promotions in orderly manner.
  • Understand the BMSC mandate and strategic goals.
  • Photograph and document local community events such as Music by the Sea festival, National Aboriginal Day, Canada Day and the Volunteer Fire Fighter’s fund raising events.
  • Option to work closely with the Science Communication Course being offered at BMSC to develop science communication skills on the job.

The anticipated start date is April 29, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter and ending August 31, 2019. BMSC will provide free accommodation with cooking facilities. Housing is available on site. The successful applicant will work in an international community of marine scientists, with frequent opportunities to interact with researchers, instructors and students, to network, and attend seminars and join courses in the field to photograph and document outdoor course activities.


  • Biology and/or Communications student with an interest in coastal sciences
  • Knowledge of image analysis (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) and graphic design software (InDesign) preferred
  • Basic video editing skills
  • Familiarity with WordPress
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Attention to detail
  • Accurate record keeping


When applying, please indicate if you are aboriginal, have a disability, or are a member of a visible minority. BMSC has agreed with the agency funding this position to give priority to such applicants if they have the requisite skills.


This position is dependent on the employer receiving funding from the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) wage subsidy program.

Eligible student participants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.


Review of applications will begin March 23rd and continue until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please apply by e-mail and include a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references. Apply to:

Dr. Chris Neufeld

Associate Director, Education,

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

100 Pachena Road, Bamfield, BC V0R 1B0

Phone: (250) 728-3301 ext 234

E-mail: Education@bamfieldmsc.com


About the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

For more than 45 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.

Our educational programs focus on marine and coastal environments, and include short programs for middle and high school students, multi-week courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, and multi-day workshops. This facility has been the field station for award-winning teaching and world-class researchers for decades. Access to pristine coastal waters and forests is a hallmark of BMSC education, and our Foreshore department maintains a fleet of boats that support hands-on experiential education and research. BMSC infrastructure has just recently undergone a significant renovation thanks to a $3m grant from the federal government and the five member institutions.

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, the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, the RCMP, and the Canadian Coast Guard.