CBU Work Study Bursary Program – Recirculating Seawater System Technician – 2017F012


Job Title: Recirculating Seawater System Technician

Department: BIOLOGY
Supervisors: Dr. Tim Rawlings, Associate Professor & Chair of Biology; Dr. Bruce Hatcher, Associate Professor & University Chair in Marine Ecosystems

Job Description:

The Department of Biology has recently installed a large temperature controlled recirculating seawater system located in the Marine Operations Centre (C-103), consisting of three large fibreglass tanks and a seawater table housing several 10 gallon glass aquaria, with the capacity to be scaled up to a larger volume if and when necessary. This system in is in the process of being populated with local marine invertebrate species (sponges, anemones, crabs, snails, barnacles, mussels, tunicates, etc.) as well as some fish species (cunner, stickleback, etc) and will be used in various courses taught in the Biology department, including Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, and Animal Behaviour. The successful candidate will learn how to monitor and maintain the seawater system and will be given the appropriate training in Animal Care procedures prior to undertaking the routine duties associated with the position. Once trained, the technician will be responsible for monitoring the daily operation of the system (Monday – Friday), including checking seawater parameters (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and nitrates) weekly, feeding the marine organisms (phytoplankton mix, plankton cubes, fish pellets, and squid), and introducing the organisms to students/staff/faculty visiting the marine tanks. The technician will also be responsible for working with Dr. Rawlings and Dr. Hatcher if any problems arise or adjustments to the system need to be made. The technician will also oversee the smaller marine display tank in A-118C.
Workplace: Marine Operations Centre – C-103; desk space will be provided.


  • Preferably BSc Biology major, with good practical skills
  • Must have an interest in marine organisms and marine environments
  • Ideally will have taken Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL2411) and Introduction to Vertebrates (BIOL2411).
  • Animal care training and basic lab safety training will be provided
  • Past experience maintaining freshwater or saltwater aquaria will be considered an asset



  • Check the seawater system daily to ensure that it is functioning properly, with no leaks/blockages
  • Check seawater parameters weekly and keep detailed notes
  • Feed organisms every 2 – 3 days; monitor health of animals
  • Clean tanks and filters when necessary
  • Assist in the replenishment of seawater and collection of live organisms for the tanks when necessary

Application Details

Start Date: September 2017

End Date: April 2018

Hours: All positions are part-time, hours TBD

Only eligible students can apply to a CBU Work Study Bursary position. If eligible send resume, cover letter and an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program to: awards@cbu.ca Submissions that do not include an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program will not be considered. All applications must also reference the above Job Number.

To determine eligibility and to complete an application go to: http://www.cbu.ca/come-to-cbu/tuition-finances/scholarships-bursaries/work-study-bursary-program/