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Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Animal Care Assistant

6 days ago
30,000 to 40,000 per year
Reporting to the Animal Care Coordinator, the Animal Care Assistant is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day provision of the ethical care of animals used in research. Responsibilities include assisting new researchers, facilitating collaborative research, informing users of available resources, and assisting with the maintenance and organization of aquatic 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.

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.  

Tasks and responsibilities:
• Liaise with the Animal Care Coordinator regarding animal care priorities on campus
• Daily monitoring of animal holding facilities (research, teaching and field trips) for compliance with Canadian Council for Animal Care (CCAC) standards.
• Assist in husbandry of marine aquatic animals (e.g. fish and large variety of invertebrate species) used in research, teaching and field trips.
• Assist the Coordinator and Chair of the Animal Care Committee in the administration of animal use protocols and animal care committee.
• Entry of animal collection records into the BMSC Biodiversity Database
• Assist in the collection of marine organisms (possibly with scientific diving, if qualified).
• Assist with delivering animal care seminars for the university summer students and field trips staff.
• Assist in troubleshooting animal health situations alongside Animal Care Chair, Coordinator and veterinarian.
• Assist with the coordination of BMSC’s animal care committee.
• Be involved in habitat development and enrichment of display animals held on site.
• Assist in other duties related to animal care as required.
• Assist with supervision of summer animal care assistant(s)
• Advise on animal care holding and procedures on site
• Oversee all animals on site, ensure care is being provided by responsible party
• Liaise between Animal Care Coordinator an research/students/public on site

Required Qualifications
• Student in biology (or related field) with strong interest in animal care, husbandry, and aquatic science
• Knowledge of Canadian Council for Animal Care (CCAC) core stream modules (e.g., certified in Animal User Training through institution or by online CCAC approved Experimental Fish course)
• Excellent communication skills (diplomacy and tact are essential)
• Past husbandry experience in non-research facilities may be considered in the absence of the above noted qualifications
• Attention to detail is crucial in following procedures and standard operating procedures
• Must be fluent in written and oral English language
• Good record keeping skills required
• WHMIS training
• Must be willing to work occasional weekends and after hours as required

Desired qualifications:
• Prior experience in animal care (e.g., at an aquarium or in a certified facility)
• Pleasure craft operator card is an asset (student will be assessed in operation of small BMSC boats)
• Familiarity with local marine fauna and its natural history/ecology is a strong asset
• Ability to work in a remote location

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