Teaching Assistants

BMSC hires Teaching Assistants for both its Summer and Fall Program courses.

We are currently currently seeking TAs for Summer 2024 courses. Please see opportunities below.

Deadline to submit applications:

  • Summer – March 1
  • Fall – May 1

Ideal TA applicants are currently registered graduate students,  are familiar with the the marine invertebrate fauna of Barkley Sound and the waters around BMSC and Barkley Sound, and hold a valid SVOP and 16-hour Standard First Aid course. The ability to make significant contributions to teaching of course material is desirable. Please see detailed course descriptions.

Applicants from member universities will be given priority.

For field courses that require students to be transported by boats, see “Compulsory Requirements” below.

TA positions available:

We are currently seeking TAs for the following 2024 Summer courses:


Ecological Models and Data (June 10 – 21)

Familiarity with the programming languages R and Stan is required for this TAship. Boat transport is not required.


Marine Invertebrate Zoology (June 24 – August 2)

Familiarity with the invertebrate fauna of BC’s marine waters is an asset for this TAship.


Coastal Biodiversity & Conservation (June 24 – July 12)

More details on the specific requirements of this TAship will be available soon.


Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology (August 5 – 23)

Familiarity with archaeological field sampling and analysis procedures is a requirement for this TAship. Familiarity with Nuu-chah-nulth group First Nations (e.g. Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Tseshaht First Nation) culture, history, and foodways is an asset.


Biological Oceanography (August 5 – 23)

Familiarity with the sampling and analysis procedures for measuring primary productivity is an asset for this TAship.

Selection process:

We hire TAs to ensure the safety of our students, offer the highest possible quality of instruction to our students, and support the research mission of BMSC by supporting students that do research here.

  1. BMSC generally offers TAships to candidates recommended by course instructors.
  2. If an instructor does not have a TA in mind, the position is posted.
  3. All applications received by the deadline are forwarded to the instructor for selection keeping the following criteria in mind.
  4. In June 2009, Management Council requested preference for fall TAships be given to graduate students at the five member universities.
  5. In June 2012, Management Council approved the hiring of TAs for summer courses who may not be graduate students. These include recent graduate students, and instructors working for BMSC Field Trips. Preference for summer TAships is given to candidates who are familiar with BMSC, and the ecology, biology and species local to Barkley Sound.


Compensation is in two parts: salary and scholarship. The scholarship portion is only available to graduate students.

  • Summer (per 3 weeks) $3000 Salary: $1000 Scholarship
  • Fall (per course) $4000 Salary: $2000 Scholarship*

**TA salaries and scholarships subject to change


  • Free accommodation (with kitchen and bathroom).
  • Staff rates for meals taken in the cafeteria.
  • Travel expenses reimbursed to a maximum for a single round trip to Bamfield from home university.

Duties for all TA's include:

  • Reports directly to the University Programs Coordinator
  • Aiding primary instructor(s) in teaching during labs and field trips; helping in design and implementation of student projects.
  • Facilitation of courses by organizing equipment and scheduling.
  • Student transportation to field sites (boating experience is desirable).
  • Overseeing student safety on field trips and administering first aid if needed.
  • Lab set-up and clean-up.
  • Other duties as specified by instructors (see below for course-specific needs).

Compulsory Requirements:

For field courses that require students to be transported by boats, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certification (4 days 32 hours training) is required.

NOTE: A valid SVOP also requires:

  1. Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety SDV-BS (formerly MED-A3);
  2. Valid, in-person or blended, 16-hour first aid certification, with CPR-C, equivalent to Marine Basic First Aid and recognized by a province or territory;
  3. Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate (ROC-M);
  4. Complete a boat checkout and safety briefing by BMSC Foreshore staff.

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For all field courses, a 16-hour first aid certification (in-person or blended) is required.

How to apply:

Please complete and submit the on-line application form along with CV and cover letter.

Please note there are separate application forms for Summer and Fall TA-ships.

2024 Summer TA application form (March 1 deadline)

2024 Fall TA applications available soon! (May 1 deadline)