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.


Relief Skipper, Term Position

BMSC is seeking a Relief Skipper for our busy spring season. The successful candidate will work in a team environment with the Foreshore Supervisor and Second Skipper to pilot our large vessels and offer operational support to our Field Trips educators and clients, as well as visiting researchers.

Date Posted: 05-Mar-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield BC

Education Manager

The Education Manager provides direct oversight and management of all Education Unit programs.

Date Posted: 27-Feb-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Center, Bamfield, B.C.

Deputy Director/Operations Manager

Reporting to the Director, the Deputy Director/Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day provision, operation, and maintenance of the BMSC’s facilities, building systems, and infrastructure.

Date Posted: 04-Feb-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Center, Bamfield, B.C.

Summer and Fall 2020 TA postings

Postings and on-line application form for Summer and Fall 2020 Teaching Assistant positions now available.

Closing Date: 30-Apr-2020
Date Posted: 25-Jan-20
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

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

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

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

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

MSc opportunity to study riverine-ocean temperature dynamics in Newfoundland & Labrador.

The project focus will be on collating in situ and satellite temperature data to develop quantitative models to predict seasonal shifts in temperature regime across the freshwater-marine interface.

Date Posted: 07-Feb-20
Location: Memorial University, Newfoundland

MSc or PhD opportunity: Biology of hydrothermal vent hairy snails (Alviniconcha)

MSc or PhD opportunity to study deep sea, hydrothermal vent organisms at Memorial University, Newfoundland

Date Posted: 07-Feb-20
Location: Memorial University, Newfoundland