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Kelp RESCUE seeks a Kelp Restoration Technician

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 08-Sep-21

We are hiring! Kelp RESCUE seeks a capable and highly motivated individual to join our team in an exciting and wide-ranging role as a Kelp Restoration Technician.
Contact Dr. Chris Neufeld with questions.

We seek a capable and highly motivated individual to join our team in an exciting and wide-ranging role as a Kelp Restoration Technician. Kelp species, which are important components of coastal marine ecosystems, are declining in British Columbia. The Kelp RESCUE Project is an exciting new initiative at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) to conduct translational research towards solutions for scalable kelp forest restoration. The ideal candidate is someone who takes a results-oriented approach to their work, can function and solve problems independently and with others, and is comfortable and careful in the lab and in the field.

The successful applicant will work as part of a highly motivated and international community of marine scientists, with frequent opportunities to interact with researchers, instructors and students, as well as members of industry working onsite (e.g. Canadian Kelp Resources, Nova Harvest).

The initial term is from October 1, 2021 until May 31, 2022, with likely but not guaranteed opportunity for renewal beyond initial term pending funding availability and satisfactory job performance. The salary range for this position is $20-$23 per hour plus benefits.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with British Columbia legislation and regulations.

To apply, please submit the following in a single *.pdf via email to Chris Neufeld:

  1. Your current resume
  2. A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the position
  3. The names and contact information of three references

Review of applications will begin on September 7, 2021; the position will remain open until filled.

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. 


JOB DESCRIPTION Kelp Restoration Technician (Kelp RESCUE)

  • Full-Time Hourly (37.5 hours per week)

(Initial 8-month term, with possibility of renewal pending funding availability and satisfactory performance.)

  • $20-$23 per hour + benefits

(Note: applicants with all desired skills and qualifications would place at the middle of the salary range.)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct field and lab work independently and with others
  • Maintain kelp cultures in the laboratory (media preparation, water changes, etc.)
  • Perform routine laboratory procedures (pipetting, sterilizing, filtering, practicing sterile techniques, DNA extraction)
  • Conduct laboratory and field assays
  • Light microscopy
  • Keep careful records and provide regular progress reports and presentations
  • Order supplies and equipment
  • Maintain scientific equipment and field gear
  • Assist with preparation of reports and publications
  • Other duties as required

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSc. in Biology, Environmental Science, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated organization and project management skills
  • Proficient in standard use of computers (email, word processing, spreadsheets, Zoom, Slack)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to solve problems with limited supervision in laboratory (and to some extent fieldwork) settings
  • Experience working in geographically dispersed teams and/or collaborative environments
  • Valid Province of BC driver’s license
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule when required, including some early mornings, weekends, and evenings
  • Satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

SPECIAL SKILLS

  • MSc. in Biology, Environmental Science, or related discipline an asset
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to oversee varied tasks, and to prioritize duties amidst competing interests with limited supervision
  • SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, incl. valid First Aid, MED A3, SDV-BS, ROC-M) certifications are an asset
  • Experience trailering and launching small boats up to 20’ an asset
  • Ability to work under difficult weather conditions for extended periods
  • Previous experience with research stations an asset
  • Good communication skills, including describing scientific concepts to peers and lay-audiences
  • Experience with data management and analysis (excel, R) an asset

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