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Student Assistant (2) - Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences - Fish Health - Atlantic Veterinary College

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Date of Posting: 
February 12, 2014
Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences - Fish Health - Atlantic Veterinary College
Student Assistant (2)
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week (irregular hours may lead to variable work weeks)

$10.74 per hour (includes vacation pay)

May 5, 2014 for approximately 12 – 14 weeks

Veterinary students are required to work with the AVC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences for up to 14 weeks this summer.  We anticipate a need for one to three students, depending on successful funding and interest of qualified individuals.  A short list of qualified applicants will be created and students will be hired as the project is funded.  The position(s) may be based out of St. John’s NL or Charlottetown PE. Students will be expected to travel extensively to aquaculture sites in Atlantic Canada, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about regional aquaculture species and their associated fish health issues in a production setting. The NL-based position will be supervised by aquaculture veterinarians in Newfoundland.

The successful applicant(s) will assist in carrying out various aspects of literature reviews, data and sample collection for fish health production, and diagnostic laboratory based research projects. Tasks are often repetitive and require attention to detail.  There will be both field and laboratory aspects to the position(s). Students will be required to work both independently and as a member of a team for various activities.  PEI-based student(s) will be expected to travel weekly to NB (1-4 nights) and may spend blocks of time (2-4 weeks) in NL to assist with projects. For work completed in Newfoundland, the successful applicant will also assist the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture veterinarians during farm calls.  On-farm/laboratory sampling procedures in both instances may include, but are not limited to:  blood sampling, bacterial cultures, viral and parasitological sampling. Associated costs of travel and accommodation will be reimbursed.


• Veterinary students preferred with prior experience or documented strong interest in working with aquatic species in a research or production setting (field or laboratory), data entry and computer skills, organizational skills, record-keeping, fish farm or hatchery husbandry skills, and knowledge of farm bio-security practices.
• Knowledge of fish diseases affecting the local aquaculture industry, boat handling and watercraft safety is an asset.
• A valid driver’s license is required.

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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