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 and more.

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



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.

Positions available for Fall 2021


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.


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.

As BMSC remains closed to the public during COVID-19, we will not be hiring Marine Science Educators until Spring 2022. at the earliest.

Current Opportunities


Marine Science Education Internship 2022 – 4 positions!

This paid Marine Science Education Internship will support marine science education, including a unique opportunity to obtain vital exposure, experience and specialized skills training across a number of areas in the marine and coastal sciences at the BMSC.

Date Posted: 23-Nov-21
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Cooks and kitchen help

We are searching for cooks and kitchen helpers at the BMSC.

Date Posted: 09-Nov-21
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Head Cook

We are searching for a Head Cook, cooks, and kitchen helpers at the BMSC.

Date Posted: 09-Nov-21
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Nova Harvest is hiring!

Nova Harvest is currently seeking personnel for three positions – join the Barkley Sound Oyster Farming Innovation Project!

Date Posted: 15-Sep-21
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Graduate Opportunities

MSc positions in marine invertebrate ecology

The Gosselin lab at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for two MSc positions, with an intended start date of January 2022.

Date Posted: 07-Oct-21
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre & Thompson Rivers University