Employment Opportunities


Do you dream about working on the beautiful West Coast of Canada? Would you like to work for a small not-for-profit marine science centre that introduces clients to life-changing exploration and discovery daily? We are literally in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, in one of the most beautiful areas of Canada on the terminus of the West Coast Trail in the heart of Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands on the outer West Coast of Vancouver Island. Work in a setting where you are surrounded by awe inspiring nature and have access to amazing natural attractions, hikes and more in the spectacular community of Bamfield (population 200).

We value partnerships and collaboration and have seasonal term appointments in some departments, if you are looking for a summer or fall adventure, or want to experience a West Coast winter complete with storm watching.  Regardless of starting position, there are opportunities to learn and grow when you work with us. Some of our staff have been with us for more than 30 years, working in multiple departments, from housekeeping to becoming a foreshore skipper, shuttling our students on ocean field trips.

Being semi-remote in the region is coupled with a strong sense of place for those who join our team. Many desire to live in subsidized housing right on our property. We can provide very inexpensive accommodation which includes everything you need to live on the West Coast: a room, bedding, utilities, fully equipped kitchen, all pots/pans and dishes, internet, staff phone line, TV and more.

Please contact us for more information and let us help you prepare for your next adventure.


GET MORE INFO & APPLY NOW: info@bamfieldmsc.com

Currently, our HIRING PRIORITY is in Housekeeping, Kitchen, and Maintenance positions.

We also seek Marine Science Educators for the Fall and Spring Educational programs, and various positions arise to support our undergraduate field courses (SCUBA internships, Teaching Assistantships, and administrative positions – check our website for updates.


Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is searching for kitchen crew to fill the following positions for the upcoming season. The Cook and Kitchen Helper positions are ten month terms that could be “yearly recurrent” based on the person and the organizational fit.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the cafeteria/restaurant business, educational tourism, and exceptional service values. The cafeteria has three distinct services: breakfast and lunch service, and evening dining, as well as special event preparation. Be prepared to up-level your knowledge and skill set.

See details below.


Arguably this is the MOST IMPORTANT department of our marine centre. When housekeeping is operating perfectly our guests feel welcomed and relaxed. Now is your chance to become part of our housekeeping team, get in excellent physical shape, meet visitors from near and far, of all ages, as you help them have an unforgettable experience in the wild west coastal environment.

See details below.


Do you learn best hands-on and by example? Are you mechanically inclined and in good physical shape? Do you excel in communicating clearly to others? Here is an incredible opportunity to contribute and at the same time both challenge and expand your skill set. Your knowledge and confidence will only expand as you are trained in the different areas of our operations. With accommodation for up to 200 residents, and research and education facility relying up seawater pump and generator systems during frequent winter power outages, maintenance is always on high-alert with a solutions oriented mindset backed by a can-do attitude!

See details below.


Do you have a passion for landscaping and gardening, especially with native plants? Apply to join our Facilities crew!

  • Mows grass, waters lawns, trims shrubs and tends flower beds as needed.
  • Operates lawn and grounds equipment including power mowers and a variety of hand/power tools.
  • Removes refuse and trash from grounds.
  • Cleans and tidies up grounds and equipment areas.
  • Maintains safe working conditions.

See details below.


The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre’s Field Trip Program is looking for enthusiastic and energetic individuals to teach marine and coastal sciences to our multi-day immersion field trips from schools, colleges and adult learners. Our staff instruct thousands of students annually on diverse topics including: marine biodiversity, oceanography, climate change, primary productivity, temperate rainforest ecology, conservation biology and more!
Instruction focuses on experiential learning in lab / classroom settings, but especially in the “field” on boats, in the forest, and at our local beaches. Learning activities may be physically rigorous, such as leading groups on hikes and teaching outside during inclement weather.

See details below.


Housekeeping positions at BMSC

BMSC is seeking housekeepers, who will work under minimum supervision, performing cleaning and minor maintenance tasks to ensure that facilities are maintained with regard to safety, sanitation and appearance.

Date Posted: 22-Jan-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Assistant Research Coordinator

BMSC is seeking an Assistant Research Coordinator to help our Research department facilitate the work of our visiting graduate students and university faculty.

Closing Date: 31-Jan-2020
Date Posted: 16-Jan-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Equipment Manager

BMSC is seeking an Equipment Manager who will be responsible for preparing equipment and supplies for our education and research departments and management of equipment, equipment rooms and teaching spaces.

Date Posted: 09-Jan-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Cook and kitchen help positions at BMSC cafeteria

BMSC is looking to augment our kitchen team for the upcoming season and has the following openings: Cook, Kitchen Helper

Date Posted: 05-Jan-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Marine Science Diving & Field Operations Internship 2020

BMSC is seeking a marine science diving and field operations intern for the summer of 2020. Duties will include scientific diving, surface safety attendant, subtidal and intertidal fieldwork, operation of small boats, and operational support of marine science diving activities.

Closing Date: 06-Mar-2020
Date Posted: 19-Dec-19
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Visiting Teaching Opportunity – Marine Plankton Ecology

We are looking for a co-instructor to share teaching the course  Marine Plankton Ecology, May 25 – June 12, 2020 with Dr. Diana Verala (UVic) .

Date Posted: 21-Nov-19
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Visiting Teaching Opportunity – Marine Terrestrial Interactions

We are looking for an instructor to teach Marine Terrestrial Interactions (June 15 – July 24, 2020).

Date Posted: 18-Oct-19
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Maintenance Worker – 2 positions

Under general supervision carries out maintenance duties to buildings, grounds and equipment as required.

Date Posted: 05-Jun-19
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Marine Sciences Educator

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is looking for enthusiastic and energetic individuals to teach marine and coastal sciences to our multi-day immersion field trips from schools, colleges and adult learners.

Application deadlines: Fall season: July 1st, Spring season: November 1st.

Date Posted: 01-Jun-19
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Gardener and grounds-person position

BMSC is seeking a grounds person for lawn and garden maintenance.

Date Posted: 22-May-19
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Graduate Opportunities

PhD Position to Study:  American Lobster Foraging Biology

Dr. Russell Wyeth at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) and Dr. Iain McGaw at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) are accepting applications for a PhD student position to start September 1, 2020 (or earlier).

Closing Date: 19-Feb-2020
Date Posted: 09-Dec-19
Location: St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)