Employment Opportunities


Lab Manager: Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab

Location: Department of Geography, University of Victoria

Closing Date: 22-Jul-2019
Date Posted: 18-Jun-19

The Lab Manager will join a productive, collegial team of applied conservation scholars to coordinate research and lab logistics. The position is varied and dynamic, requiring academic, administrative, & technical tasks.

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Preparing samples for isotope analysis, ensuring lab is stocked with necessary supplies and equipment, storing and organizing samples, ensuring equipment is maintained appropriately
  • Leading annual field preparations, requiring coordinating of five or more field projects
  • Recruiting, training, and coordinating with lab volunteers
  • Drafting grant proposals and securing funding for contract-based field technicians and interns
  • Updating training manuals and lab protocols as needed
  • Acquiring permits as needed (e.g., Park Use Research Permits)
  • Maintaining and updating the lab website, several times weekly
  • Maintaining lab and field equipment. Acquire necessary certifications
  • Assisting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with their work
  • Transporting students and technicians as needed
  • Corresponding with lab partners and associates (e.g. Raincoast Conservation Fdn, First Nations)
  • Conducting preliminary research (i.e. literature reviews) and writing reports
  • Assisting with administration – i.e. expense reports, occasional marking, etc.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Thoughtful and respectful personality, with excellent communication skills
  • Honours values of Indigenous-partnered and community-engaged conservation science
  • Science training (BSc. or similar), including laboratory, analytical, and administrative skills
  • Keen attention to detail, data quality, and safety
  • Experience with web site design and maintenance (WordPress)
  • Potential interest in research experience as a graduate student
  • Ability to anticipate and attend to work under minimal supervision and in a fast-paced environment

The successful candidate will acquire valuable professional and life skills and join a tight-knit group of friends and colleagues who treat one another with respect, collegiality, and affection. There are also potential opportunities for fieldwork. Anticipated Start Date: early autumn 2019. Three-month preliminary contract, extendable to one year and beyond. Pay is $3,000/month (includes Mandatory Employment Related Costs).

Please send Cover Letter and CV in one PDF with a file name that begins with your last name to Ilona Mihalik (ilonammillie@gmail.com) by July 23, 2019. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted by 30 July.