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Agricultural Assistant, Aquaculture

Alma Aquaculture Research Station, OMAFRA Research Stations, Office of Research

Hiring #: 2019-0662

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

The Alma Aquaculture Research Station (AARS) is seeking an Agricultural Assistant.

The AARS provides facilities and resources for large-scale aquaculture research and for import quarantine. University of Guelph faculty collaborate with members of the private sector and other educational and research facilities on various research related to commercial aquaculture. Areas of discipline have included engineering, nutrition and feed formulation, reproductive and growth physiology, reproductive technologies, genetics and breeding, waste management, health and animal welfare.

Reporting to the Manager, the Agricultural Assistant will participate in the operation and maintenance of a facility devoted to aquaculture research, development and production, including the operation of the water and wastewater treatment centres, quarantine and isolation units, recirculation research facilities, photoperiod control facilities, hatchery and early rearing facility and numerous wet labs for both production and research purposes. Work activities include all aspects of fish culture (feeding, broodstock selection and maintenance, early rearing and fish grow-out), data collection and record keeping. Additional work activities include routine janitorial activities, routine maintenance of machinery (pumps, blowers, compressors, power tools), vehicles (snow blower, riding lawn mower, truck, all-terrain vehicle, tractor) and equipment (nets, feeders, etc.),  general maintenance and upkeep of facilities (including painting, carpentry, mechanical and minor plumbing and electrical activities), grounds keeping (maintenance of parking lot, access roads, shrubs, trees and grass), snow removal, assisting external service personnel as needed.

The successful candidate will have organizational skills, attentive to detail, and be able to work independently and as part of a team, have good communication and interpersonal skills. This job involves frequent lifting and a diverse range of motions for a wide variety of activities.


  • Must have completed a 2-year community college program in a related field (undergraduate degree preferred)
  • Must have one year experience with fish and/or aquaculture
  • Knowledge of cultured fish species including salmonids, sturgeon and tilapia
  • Competency with Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheets and databases
  • Familiarity with operation of tractors, all-terrain vehicles and riding mowers
  • Class G driver’s license
  • Developed mechanical and electrical skills related to water pumps and water delivery systems
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weather
  • Participate in rotating on-call, weekend and holiday schedules

Position Number         447-104
Classification               OSSTF/TARA, District 35 Salary Band 4*
Salary Range              $23.25 Minimum (Level 1)
$25.98 Normal Hiring Limit (Level 3)
$31.44 Job Rate (Level 7)

*Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2019 12 04
Closing Date: 2019 12 17

Post-doctoral research position – Water quality and statistical analysis

We are seeking to hire an environmentally focused post-doctoral fellow to join our multidisciplinary team working on phosphorus dynamics in the Thames River, Ontario. The Thames River constitutes the single largest tributary input of phosphorus to the western basin of Lake Erie from the Canadian side, via Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Consequently, the Thames River has been identified as a priority tributary within the Domestic Action Plan under the Canada-Ontario Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The core objective of this research project is to improve our mechanistic and quantitative understanding of how nutrient loads, ratios, speciation and bioavailability in the Thames River are changing between the headwaters and the river mouth. This understanding will help inform development of effective management actions to decrease eutrophication symptoms including harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in Lake Erie.

The project team, led through the Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo, consists of leading academics, federal and provincial government scientists, graduate students and technicians. The successful applicant will work closely with the rest of the project team, to analyse and interpret existing water quality and flow data collected between 2016 and 2019 contributing to and leading peer reviewed publications. The 9-month position can be based either at Environment and Climate Change Canada, within the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, or at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Conservation Parks, in Etobicoke.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in science, environmental management or engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills and a proven publication record in one or more of the following areas: aquatic biogeochemistry, ecology, hydrology, statistical or geospatial analysis. Experience with the R statistical software environment and ArcGIS or QGIS would be an asset.

Please submit your application package electronically as a single pdf file to (; include “Thames_River_Postdoc_Surname_FirstName” in the subject line. Your application should contain:
• A cover letter stating your motivation for applying to this position, your research experience and interests.
• Resume
• Contact information for 3 references.

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with a start date as soon as possible, ideally by January 2020.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.