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Employment Opportunity


Faculty of Science & Technology
Competition Number: 13-3009
Appointment Type: Temporary Part-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: 17.5 hours per week
Employment Group: Cupe 7
Position: 00719
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Duties: Phytoplankton culture (50%): the innovation and maintenance of the Field Station's phytoplankton culture system. Order culture stocks; undertake inoculations and stock transfers to produce maximum densities of high quality healthy cultures; order equipment reagents, biological, chemical and other supplies; prepare nutrients and media; develop and maintain standard lab biosecurity protocols; work with researchers to maintain adequate volume and quality of phytoplankton cultures for research projects; produce phytoplankton for all shellfish populations held onsite. Artemia production may also be required. Depending on the level and intensity of shellfish research activity, this position would be required to supervise the activities of an assistant to the Algologist to ensure phytoplankton production levels are met and maintained.

Administration and technical services (25%): assist research activities, data collection, data input and management, ensure compliance with WHMIS and all applicable safety regulations with advice from VIU's Health and Safety Advisors; supervise practicum, summer and part-time work opportunity students, maintain laboratory equipment and laboratory facilities, and use knowledge and expertise to assist in research and project planning.

Animal care (15%): implementation and enforce animal care (fish) protocols and standard operating procedures for research and display aquaria (defined by the Canadian Committee on Animal Care - CCAC) (including renewal of care authorizations, and interfacing with VIU Animal Care Committee). Be available for emergency and after-hours call out.

Public Relations (10%): maintain aquaria specimen collection, coordinate volunteers, conduct facility tours, assist school tours, community outreach, prepare and display educational information on projects being conducted within Baynes Sound and the Field Station.

Assist with set-up/take down for public events, monitor and assist with events, work with volunteers, community outreach, set up and displays both 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: Diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture, or related qualifications, from an appropriately accredited institution. Three years' experience in a field environment, fish husbandry management and aquatic sampling. Demonstrated proficiency in maintaining phytoplankton cultures. Physically able 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: Care of Experimental Fish Certificate; Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate; alumni of VIU; demonstrated supervisory experience; Occupations First Aid Level One.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of relevant transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
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.