Employment Opportunities


BMSC Scientific Diving Assistant

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 19-Mar-24

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

For 50 years, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) has supported year-round education and research on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. BMSC is owned and managed by a not-for-profit organization, the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, whose members are University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria. Our mission is to enable life-changing exploration and discovery in marine and coastal environments. Our programs support experiential learning and national/international research programs on climate challenges and solutions in coastal environments. Access to pristine coastal environments is a hallmark of BMSC research, and the BMSC maintains a fleet of commercial vessels that support ocean access while an amazing seawater delivery system supports the husbandry of animals on campus. BMSC is an important member of the local community and partnered with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations on several research, education and community initiatives.

The Position

BMSC is seeking a marine science diving and field operations assistant for the summer of 2024. Duties will include: scientific diving, subtidal and intertidal fieldwork, deckhand, operational support of marine science diving (SCUBA cylinder filling, record keeping, update dive statistics) and other foreshore and marine safety duties as required.

In addition, the assistant may have the opportunity to assist with research and education programs. Responsibilities will depend largely on the needs of current research projects and BMSC programs. The assistant will be under the supervision of the Foreshore department reporting directly to the Diving and Safety Officer. Highly motivated individuals seeking practical opportunities in marine science are invited to apply.

This position will provide:

  • Practical work experience at a renowned marine research field station.
  • The opportunity to gain experience in a range of scientific diving and marine research techniques; develop diving operations and leadership skills documented and signed off by the DSO.
  • Interaction and networking opportunities with active research divers and marine scientists.

Required Qualifications:

  • CAUS/AAUS scientific diver Level 1 qualification (20m)
  • Advanced diver certifications: Rescue Diver with leadership experience preferred
  • Marine Basic First Aid or OFA Level 1, CPR and DAN Dive Accident Management and O2 training
  • Cold water diving experience
  • Work Safe BC Occupational diver medical
  • DAN insurance
  • Full personal dive gear (with the exception of tanks). Gear must be well maintained and have proof of annual service.
  • Criminal Records Check required and must be included with the application.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • CAUS/AAUS level 2 qualification
  • Scientific, Occupational, Technical training
  • VHF Radio Operators License
  • Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Certification (SVOP)
  • Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety or equivalent
  • Experience operating small vessels in an ocean environment
  • Marine science/biology background (College/University degree or currently enrolled)

Desirable Experience and Qualities:

  • Demonstrate strong teamwork abilities, leadership, collaboration, and good communication skills with diverse personalities
  • Physically fit, hardworking and willing to perform weekend and after hours’ duty
  • Mature judgment, reliability and tactfulness
  • Safety conscious and strict adherence to dive regulations and boating/dive policy
  • Familiarity with local marine organisms and keen interest in marine biology
  • Willingness to adapt and pivot on short notice to support client needs

The position will run for 4 months, beginning April 15, 2024, and continue until August 15, 2024.

Hourly wage: $21/hr, shared accommodation with kitchen at BMSC staff rates can be discussed depending on the candidate’s individual needs. Transportation to BMSC will be the responsibility of the candidate.


Candidates must be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident or Refugee status. Unfortunately, students on a work permit or visa are not eligible.

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 but not limited to, Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQIA+. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. Strong candidates will demonstrate awareness of issues relating to diversity and inclusion in the sciences and science communication fields including the need to make them more accessible to a broader range of students and audiences.

If you believe in our mission to enable life-changing exploration and discovery in marine and coastal environments, we would like to hear from you, to apply send a cover letter, current resume and the name and contact information of two referees to:

Siobhan Gray
Diving and Safety Officer,
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre,
Bamfield, B.C. V0R 1B0
250-728-3301 ext 222

Applications will be accepted until position has been filled.