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Employment Opportunity

Facility Maintenance Worker

Faculty of Science & Technology
Competition Number: 13-3008
Appointment Type: Temporary Full-time
Subject to funding
Subject to CUPE Joint Job Evaluation
Start/End: As soon as possible up to March 31, 2014 -
may end early or be extended
Workload: 35 hours per week
Employment Group: Cupe 9
Position: 00718
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
  The Deep Bay Marine Field Station at Vancouver Island University facilitates research and development for marine related research and sustainable shellfish aquaculture development in BC. Research projects include academic grants, Federal, Provincial and private contracts. The Station additionally operates as a cost recovery public education science centre, retail outlet and event centre. The facility is state-of-the art, with green building technologies and controls as well as seawater supply system, wet lab research facilities and commercial kitchen.
Duties: Facilities Maintenance (40%): day-to-day monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting of all the systems at the Field Station, including the building green technology systems as well as the research related systems, in particular the seawater and related support systems. Track and report actions through written (computer) and verbal communication with the Station Manager, VIU Facilities engineers/managers, and contractors. Develop and maintain schedules of preventative maintenance. Work weekends and or evenings and be on call for emergency duties at all hours (e.g., seawater pump failures). May be required to supervise confined space operations and other safety related activities at the Field Station. Grounds maintenance activities.

Research Fabrication and assembly (30%): assist researchers and other station staff to fabricate, assemble and disassemble research equipment such as seawater tanks and systems; research and monitoring equipment; and vessel and marine related equipment. On occasion this will include specialist fabrication of prototype equipment as part of technology research activities. May be required to document designs and plans, participate in sourcing components and materials and maintain project records. May be required to assist practicum students with system assembly activities.

Technical Assistance (25%): assist in the delivery of research projects in the Field Station laboratories, research farm and other field locations. This may include operating or deck-handing on CSR research vessels, at field sites, or providing general assistance to CSR projects under direction of Station Manager and researchers. This may include supporting students or visiting researchers in a technical role.

Public Activities support (5%): assist with set-up/take down for public events, monitor and assist with events, work with volunteers, community outreach, set up and displays at the Field Station and off-site.

Be prepared to take additional training for the evolving operations of the Field Station and be available to work after hours, weekends and holidays.

Be able to provide maintenance (feeding, water quality checks etc.) for live animal-stock of past or on-going research activities. Only activities that are considered Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), with documented instructions, will apply. Any extraordinary activities outside of the SOP will only be performed at the direction of the Primary Researcher or senior management of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station should neither be on site or available.
Required Qualifications: Two years post-secondary education in a related field from an appropriately accredited institution. Five years related experience. Experience with PVC plumbing and fabrication. Experience operating and maneuvering man-lifts, cranes, winches, small boats, trailers. Demonstrated proficiency with large variety of power and hand tools and with basic carpentry techniques. Familiar with operations and maintenance of building mechanical systems including plumbing, HVAC, lighting, pumps, and electrical. Physical ability to do the job.
Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with green energy systems. Class B Welding Certificate, aluminum welding fabrication and experienced with the fabrication techniques for steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. First Aid and Marine Emergency Duties certifications. Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate may be required to undertake SVOP (small vessel operator) certification.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: January 17, 2013 - January 24, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.