Teaching Assistants

BMSC hires Teaching Assistants for both its Summer and Fall Program courses.

  • Summer course applications due March 1, 2018,
  • Fall Semester course applications due June 1, 2018.

Ideal TA applicants are currently registered graduate students familiar with the course content and Barkley Sound.

Applicants from member universities will be given priority.

For field courses that require students to be transported by boats, see Duties & Requirements.

The ability to make significant contributions to teaching of course material is desirable. Please see detailed Summer Field Courses and Fall Semester course descriptions.

How to apply:

Please complete and submit the on-line application form along with CV and cover letter:

  • Summer course applications due March 1, 2018,
  • Fall Semester course applications due June 1, 2018.

*ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM (for both Summer and Fall courses) available here*

TAs are not typically hired for more than one TAship during the Fall semester.

Selection process:

We hire TAs to ensure the safety of our students, offer the highest possible quality of instruction to our students, and support the research mission of BMSC by supporting students that do research here.

  1. BMSC generally offers TAships to candidates recommended by course instructors.
  2. If an instructor does not have a TA in mind, the position is posted.
  3. All applications received by the deadline are forwarded to the instructor for selection.
  4. In June 2009, Management Council requested preference for fall TAships be given to graduate students at the five member universities.
  5. In June 2012, Management Council approved the hiring of TAs for summer courses who may not be graduate students. These include recent graduate students, and instructors working for BMSC Field Trips. Preference for summer TAships is given to candidates living in Bamfield who are familiar with BMSC, and the ecology, biology and species local to Barkley Sound.

Salary:

Compensation is in two parts: salary and scholarship. The scholarship portion is only available to graduate students.

  • Summer (per 3 weeks) $3000 Salary: $1000 Scholarship
  • Fall (per course) $4000 Salary: $2000 Scholarship

*It is hoped that graduate students who TA Fall Semester courses will reside at BMSC for the full semester.

This year (2018), the scholarship portion of the salary is contingent upon residency at BMSC for at least 8 weeks of the Fall Semester, with the first week of the program being mandatory.

Benefits:

  • Free accommodation (shared room with a shared kitchen and bathroom).
  • Staff rates for meals taken in the cafeteria.
  • Travel expenses reimbursed to a maximum for a single round trip to Bamfield from home university.