Lab Supervisor and Research Technicians
Government of Canada
West Vancouver, BC
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Science
West Vancouver (British Columbia)
EG-03, EG-04
Indeterminate, Temporary, Full Time, Part Time
$54,399 to $72,804 (EG 3: $54399 - $66185 EG 4: $59842 - $72804)
For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Closing date: 24 May 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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Assessment accommodation

The duties of these positions relate to providing technical and analytical support for laboratory projects in aquatic science related to nutrition of aquatic animals.

For the Lab Supervisor (EG-04) position duties include: serving as technician-in-charge of assigned scientific projects; planning logistics for execution of nutrition trials, including coordination of personnel and equipment; operating and maintaining specialized equipment for feed preparation (mixers, pelletizers, etc.) and chemical analysis (e.g., protein, fat, fatty acids, etc.); handling and feeding aquatic animals according to prescribed methods; collecting data and maintaining databases using a variety of computer software for statistical and preliminary data analysis and production of summary reports.

For the research technicians (EG-03), the key activities include: assisting technician-in-charge of assigned scientific projects; operating and maintaining specialized equipment for feed preparation (mixers, pelletizers, etc.) and chemical analysis (e.g., protein, fat, fatty acids, etc.); handling and feeding aquatic animals according to prescribed methods; collecting data and maintaining databases using a variety of computer software for statistical and preliminary data analysis.

The successful candidates will be able to work independently in the laboratory to chemically analyze ingredients, diets, and fish, possibly including proximate composition, energy, and fatty acids.

Intent of the process
The immediate need is to staff one indeterminate EG-04 Lab Supervisor position in West Vancouver, two part time (3 days a week) EG-03 Educational Outreach positions are anticipated and a pool for hiring casual and term EG-03 Research Technicians.
Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
  • Completion of a recognized post-secondary program in a field of natural, physical or applied sciences relevant to the duties of the position or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.
Degree equivalency

  • Experience in the care and feeding of freshwater or marine fish in a research environment.
  • Experience using, maintaining, and troubleshooting specialized aquatic science field or laboratory equipment
  • Experience using statistical software to analyze data
EG 04 Lab Supervisor position only:
Experience in coordinating people to accomplish tasks

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
Depending on the position to be staffed, any of the following qualifications may also be deemed as an essential qualification and only candidates and persons with a priority entitlement who possess those qualifications will be considered for that specific vacancy.

A candidate may be appointed to a position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications or operational requirements. However, meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.

  • Completion of a degree with a specialization in biology or relevant area of study.
  • Experience in working with aquatic animals under conditions of nutrition research, including feeding and/or digestibility trials.
  • Experience in operation, calibration and maintenance of specialized scientific equipment, e.g., HPLC and GC.
  • Experience working with water quality assessment equipment (dissolved oxygen, ammonia, pH, etc.).
  • Experience with use of a variety of laboratory analyses and equipment, including proximate analysis under research conditions.
  • Experience developing and delivering educational programs related to oceans literacy
  • Experience working with partners to implement/ plan educational programing.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

Ability to communicate effectively orally.

  • Working effectively with others
  • Thinking things through
  • Demonstrating integrity and respect
  • Showing initiative and being action-oriented
EG 04 Position ONLY:
  • Leadership
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

  • Able and willing to work overtime
  • Able and willing to travel
  • Able and willing to work weekends without supervision.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors throughout the year
  • Able and willing to work with laboratory chemicals.
  • Completion of laboratory safety course (WHMIS)
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

Ability to lift 22 kg
Valid Driver’s License

Other information
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian education equivalency. For more information visit :

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Please provide a valid e-mail address as all correspondence will be sent via e-mail.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.