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Title:    Primary Productivity Biologist                                  Location: Abbotsford or Vancouver, BC

Term: Approximately July 5, 2021 until Dec 31, 2021 with potential to extend.

35 hours per week

Wage: 30.68/hr, depending on qualifications



BC Conservation Foundation is seeking a Biologist to assist with the delivery of the Primary Productivity Monitoring Program of the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration group-Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. This Program currently monitors water quality, including primary productivity in BC’s reservoirs through two projects, the Kootenay Lake Nutrient Restoration Project and the Adams Lake Aquatic Restoration Project. This position is multi-faceted, involving water chemistry analysis, field research, data management, working with government staff, stakeholders, contractors and Indigenous Partners in the lab and field.



  • Participate in primary productivity assessments for reservoir and phytoplankton characterization.
  • Participate in limnology sampling programs for baseline water quality and ecosystem response characterization.
  • Conduct laboratory analysis of water samples including fluorometry, chemical titrations and radioisotope uptake analysis under the direction of the Limnology Specialist or designate. Training will be provided, as needed.
  • Safely dispose of radioactive samples following UBC approved methodology.
  • Keep the laboratory and storage area safe, secure and organized.
  • Assist with the preparation, maintenance and repair of scientific collection equipment, and scientific laboratory equipment. inboard and outboard jet boats, trailers and ENV vehicles.  
  • Organize field files (notes, data sheets, images, and electronic files) and complete data entry in support of the development of technical reports.
  • Maintain large datasets, including screening of data for quality control and quality assurance purposes.
  • Perform statistical analyses of water quality/limnological data to detect spatial and temporal trends, significant differences.
  • Participate in technical report writing and conduct editorial review of technical documents.
  • Prepare a database with relevant references.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and biweekly section meetings.
  • Maintain frequent and detailed communication with members of the Restoration Team and our partners.
  • Assist Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration group in administrative and technical duties as necessary.


  • Post-secondary studies in biological sciences or resource management, or an associated field.
  • Possess of a valid first aid certificate (preferably Marine Basic First Aid Certification or a provincially recognized, 16-hour first aid certification), Pleasure Craft Operators card and a valid BC Driver’s License.
  • Conduct field work which may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in rough camp conditions and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • Carry equipment and supplies in difficult terrain.


Preference may be given to those candidates who possess:

  • Experience in aquatic research in the field and in laboratory work environments.
  • Experience operating a workboat and trailer.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of limnological sampling.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment within established quality control systems and protocols.
  • A demonstrated ability to work under variable field conditions with independence, flexibility and resourcefulness



  • Willingness to conduct field work in all weather conditions and environments.  Must be comfortable working on open water from small boats under adverse weather conditions
  • This may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in camp conditions and operation of a variety of equipment.
  • Willingness to conduct experiments with radioisotopes following approved handing procedures.
  • Willingness to complete the Radioisotope Safety Training & Certification Course at UBC.
  • Willingness to travel within the province for work.
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends and holidays when operationally required.
  • Willingness to meet safety standards of WorkSafe BC.



  • A demonstrated ability to work safely and efficiently on lakes, streams and reservoirs.
  • Must have good laboratory skills and demonstrate an understanding of basic analytical concepts and safe laboratory practices
  • Familiarity with fieldwork safety procedures, including check-in/out protocols, and satellite phone and/or Personal Location Device operation an asset.
  • Must be physically able to conduct rigorous field work and able to carry equipment and supplies in difficult terrain.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Adobe Writer).
  • Possess strong communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and a thorough approach to work.
  • Ability to follow established methods and guidelines.
  • Self sufficient, while being a good team player.
  • The ability to work unsupervised at times and remain motivated.


This job posting tentatively closes at 10:00 AM on Thursday June 17th, 2021. 


To apply for this job: 

Please submit your cover letter and resume using the form below. Include your name in the file name (e.g. JohnSmithCoverLetter.pdf). Only candidates deemed qualified will be contacted for interviews. Interviews will take place approximately June 21-24, 2021.  No phone calls or emails please.

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is committed to ensuring that no person is denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and to achieving and maintaining a workforce that is representative of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

The BC Conservation Foundation undertakes to identify and remove any discriminatory policies and practices found in the recruitment, selection and hiring, promotion, training, retention and termination of employees in all levels and categories of employment.


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