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Student Assistants (3 positions) - Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences - Fish Health - Atlantic Veterinary College

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016
Date of Posting: 
March 8, 2016
Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences - Fish Health
Student Assistants (3 positions)
Hours of Work: 

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

$13.41 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 9, 2016 for approximately 12-14 weeks

Veterinary students are required to work with the AVC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences for 12 - 14 weeks this summer.  A short list of qualified applicants will be created and students will be hired as projects are funded.  The position(s) may be based in St. Alban’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 may be supervised by aquaculture veterinarians in Newfoundland for specific projects. 


The successful applicant(s) will assist in carrying out various aspects of 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 (3-4 weeks) in NL to assist with projects. For NL- based work, 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 employment-related travel and accommodation will be reimbursed in accordance with UPEI policies.


• Veterinary students with prior experience or documented strong interest in working with aquatic species in a research or production setting (field or laboratory) preferred
• Proficient in the use of computers
• Excellent organizational skills, data entry, record-keeping, fish farm or hatchery husbandry skills and knowledge of farm bio-security practices
• Experience working in a laboratory and with molecular tests, as well as, knowledge of fish diseases affecting the local aquaculture industry
• Boat handling and watercraft safety are assets
• A valid driver’s license

Priority will be given 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 posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr/).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, or fax it to (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit 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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