Employment Opportunities


Do you dream about working on the beautiful West Coast of Canada? Would you like to work for a small not-for-profit marine science centre that introduces clients to life-changing exploration and discovery daily? We are literally in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, in one of the most beautiful areas of Canada on the terminus of the West Coast Trail in the heart of Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands on the outer West Coast of Vancouver Island. Work in a setting where you are surrounded by awe inspiring nature and have access to amazing natural attractions, hikes and more in the spectacular community of Bamfield (population 200).

We value partnerships and collaboration and have seasonal term appointments in some departments, if you are looking for a summer or fall adventure, or want to experience a West Coast winter complete with storm watching.  Regardless of starting position, there are opportunities to learn and grow when you work with us. Some of our staff have been with us for more than 30 years, working in multiple departments, from housekeeping to becoming a foreshore skipper, shuttling our students on ocean field trips.

Being semi-remote in the region is coupled with a strong sense of place for those who join our team. Many desire to live in subsidized housing right on our property. We can provide very inexpensive accommodation which includes everything you need to live on the West Coast: a room, bedding, utilities, fully equipped kitchen, all pots/pans and dishes, internet, staff phone line and more.

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 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.

Please contact us for more information and let us help you prepare for your next adventure.



Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is searching for kitchen crew to fill the following positions in our ocean side cafeteria, Head Cook, Cooks, and Kitchen Helpers.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the cafeteria/restaurant business, educational tourism, and exceptional service values. The cafeteria has three distinct services: breakfast/brunch, lunch service, and evening dining, as well as special event preparation. Be prepared to up-level your knowledge and skill set.

Positions available now


Arguably this is the MOST IMPORTANT department of our marine centre. When housekeeping is operating perfectly our guests feel welcomed and relaxed. Now is your chance to become part of our housekeeping team, get in excellent physical shape, meet visitors from near and far, of all ages, as you help them have an unforgettable experience in the wild west coastal environment.

See details below.


Do you learn best hands-on and by example? Are you mechanically inclined and in good physical shape? Do you excel in communicating clearly to others? Here is an incredible opportunity to contribute and at the same time both challenge and expand your skill set. Your knowledge and confidence will only expand as you are trained in the different areas of our operations. With accommodation for up to 200 residents, and research and education facility relying up seawater pump and generator systems during frequent winter power outages, maintenance is always on high-alert with a solutions oriented mindset backed by a can-do attitude!

Position available now!
See details below.


The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre’s Field Trip Program is looking for enthusiastic and energetic individuals to teach marine and coastal sciences to our multi-day immersion field trips from schools, colleges and adult learners. Our staff instruct thousands of students annually on diverse topics including: marine biodiversity, oceanography, climate change, primary productivity, temperate rainforest ecology, conservation biology and more!
Instruction focuses on experiential learning in lab / classroom settings, but especially in the “field” on boats, in the forest, and at our local beaches. Learning activities may be physically rigorous, such as leading groups on hikes and teaching outside during inclement weather.

There are no positions available at this time.

Current Opportunities

Graduate Opportunities

MSc position in marine invertebrate ecology

The Gosselin lab at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position, with an intended start date of January 2023.

Date Posted: 16-Sep-22
Location: Thompson Rivers University & BMSC

Biofouling Technology graduate student position available

The fully funded graduate position in the Wyeth Lab is focused on experimental approaches for evaluating anti-biofouling activity during high-throughput and field testing of coatings and/or UV-C irradiation.

Date Posted: 27-May-22
Location: St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)

M.Sc. Position to Study Aquatic Chemosensory Biology

Dr. Russell Wyeth in the Biology Department at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) is accepting applications for an MSc student position to start January 1, 2023 (or earlier).

Date Posted: 27-May-22
Location: St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)

Funded MSc Project “Sponge-microbe Symbioses” (Fall 2022)

The Leys, Hill and Riesgo labs are recruiting a student for a funded Master of Science (MSc) in “Sponge:symbiont interactions”. 

Date Posted: 16-Mar-22
Location: University of Alberta

Other Opportunities

Engineering CO-OP/Intern – R&D Shellfish Aquaculture, January 2023

Applied science students are invited to be actively involved in defining form, function, testing and implementation of new automated processes.

Date Posted: 15-Aug-22
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Post-Doc position with Nova Harvest & Dr. Alyssa Joyce

Several postdoc positions available that require strong laboratory skills in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, bio-engineering and related discipline.

Date Posted: 16-May-22
Location: Nova Harvest, Bamfield, BC

Memorial University – Tenure Track Faculty Position in Marine Bioscience

The Department of Ocean Sciences of Memorial University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant or associate professor. See PDF

Date Posted: 09-May-22
Location: Memorial University

Nova Harvest: Shellfish Hatchery & Farm Technicians

Nova Harvest are seeking an energetic individuals to assist with all aspects of shellfish production at our hatchery facility on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Bamfield, BC.

Date Posted: 25-Feb-22
Location: Bamfield, BC


Kelp Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are invited for a 2-year Kelp Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research on the status and drivers of kelp forest ecosystems and their potential to support wild salmon recovery in the Broughton Archipelago.

Date Posted: 28-Jun-22
Location: UVIC and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Kitchen Helpers

BMSC seeks kitchen helpers for our oceanside campus.

Date Posted: 25-May-22
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre


BMSC is searching for Cooks for our cafeteria by the sea.

Date Posted: 25-May-22
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Head Cook

BMSC is seeking a Head Cook for our kitchen, situated beside the sea in beautiful Barkley Sound.

Date Posted: 25-May-22
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Maintenance Worker

Under general supervision carries out maintenance duties to buildings, grounds and equipment as required.

Date Posted: 14-Dec-21
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
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