Employment Opportunities


Aquatic Research and Animal Care Technician at the BMSC

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 09-Dec-20
The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) is searching for a team player passionate about marine life and interested in making meaningful contributions that will support life-changing exploration and discovery in coastal and marine environments. For almost 50 years the 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.

The BMSC campus consists of a large waterfront property on which are situated classrooms and teaching labs, research facilities, a library, student and researcher housing, administration buildings, maintenance and storage facilities, a kitchen and dining hall, the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries, and foreshore operations that support research vessels and diving. Educational programs include multi-week courses for undergraduate credit as well as a field trips program.

BMSC is committed to the humane and ethical care and use of animals and has an Animal Care Committee that ensures animal users are informed of and comply with institutional animal care and use policies. BMSC infrastructure recently underwent significant renovation to improve our electrical grid, backup power, high-speed internet and animal care facilities thanks to a $3m grant from the federal government and the five-member institutions. We are also partnered with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations to construct a modern wastewater treatment plant at the BMSC. A staff of approximately 25 people work at the BMSC with additional teaching staff, teaching assistants and interns hired seasonally. A competitive and comprehensive health and welfare benefits plan, including eligibility to join our pension plan, are currently provided to the BMSC through the University of Victoria (UVic) via an agreement the BMSC has entered as an external agency with UVic.

Job Profile: This is a regular, full-time position. Reporting to the senior Research Coordinator and working closely with the Animal Care Coordinator, the Aquatic Research and Animal Care technician is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day provision of research services and the ethical care of animals used in research. Responsibilities include assisting the animal care committee with administration, including regular communication of CCAC regulatory requirements and research permit compliance to researchers and instructors.  The position involves orienting new researchers, facilitating collaborative research, informing users of available resources, and assisting with the maintenance and organization of aquatic and research equipment, spaces, and inventory. The position involves working collaboratively with the organization, including participating in strategic initiatives that enhance community engagement and partnerships for the BMSC as well as supporting clients.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in biological sciences, fisheries or aquaculture
  • Experience and training in aquatic animal care, including the maintenance of aquatic environments (e.g., water chemistry, monitoring), ideally in a large-scale aquatic environment.
  • Excellent Communication and interpersonal skills, ability to interact in a friendly and professional manner with a range of clients
  • Meticulous and careful handling of all tasks, including well organized record-keeping
  • Interest in marine biological education, research and stewardship
  • Fostering partnerships and trust with clients
  • Knowledge of (and preferably experience with) Good Animal Practice Certification standards of the Canadian Council for Animal Care (CCAC)



  • Communicate with and coordinate the Animal Care Committee to manage animal care administrative tasks, including coordination and filing of animal use protocol documents for review, animal collection records and annual submission of CCAC data
  • General husbandry of aquatic organisms, including water quality and daily site monitoring
  • Assist in the general upkeep of aquatic research facilities
  • Regular and effective communication with Principal Investigators and their research groups
  • Maintain biosafety standards
  • Work cooperatively with BMSC clients and staff


Other skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of local marine life and habitats
  • Proficiency in standard document/spreadsheet software and file management systems
  • Ability to occasionally work a flexible work schedule, including early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends and holidays.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency an asset (can be obtained if successful with hire)
  • Driver’s License an asset
  • SCUBA an asset


Living in Bamfield, British Columbia:

The position requires permanently residing in Bamfield, B.C., a small community of about 200 people located in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  The BMSC campus is in a beautiful, but remote location that can be accessed by a 75km logging road or a ferry from Port Alberni.  The community is vibrant with local general stores, a community school (K-8), health centre, volunteer fire department, motel, pub, tourism and an active community association. BMSC is an important member of the local community and has hosted the annual “Music by the Sea” festival for over 15 years. We work collaboratively with various groups and organizations, including the Alberni-Clayoquot regional district and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. To learn more about Bamfield, please visit: http://www.travel-british-columbia.com/vancouver-gulf-islands/pacific-rim/bamfield/.

We are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus that is accessible to all and free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. The BMSC recognizes that diverse staff and clients benefit and enrich our workplace and the broader community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been, and continue to be, encountered by equity seeking groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here.

Salary will be negotiated and commensurate with experience. Interested applicants can submit a cover letter, CV and the names of three references to Dr. Sean Rogers, BMSC Director (director@bamfieldmsc.com). 

Review of applications by the search committee will begin on Jan 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Sean Rogers  

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary, Research Website        
Director | Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Welcome to the BMSC. We would like to acknowledge that our campus is situated on the traditional territory of Huu-ay-aht First Nations. Huu-ay-aht is a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and member of the Maa-nulth Treaty Society