Department Teaching Laboratory Coordinator

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 06 Dec 2023

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This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits .

Location - Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton. This role is in-person. 

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty 

The Department of Renewable Resources is among the best both nationally and internationally in terms of quality of research and training much needed for the next generation of scientists and workforce to address the grand challenges for the environmental sciences, forest ecology and management, sustainable agriculture, reclamation and restoration of land and water, and soil sciences in the province and beyond. Also, close ties to the government and industry are unique in Canada and enhance the department’s positioning. The department has outstanding resources in terms of space, infrastructure, core facilities, and excellent support staff. Our graduates are leaders in a diverse array of natural resources-related companies, academic institutions, agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Department is part of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, providing opportunities for strong interdisciplinary linkages in both research and teaching.


This person is expected to coordinate the preparation and delivery of teaching labs with large number of students and field trips for the department’s larger undergraduate laboratory courses, organizing of the department’s field schools during summer, oversees departmental shared research labs, and is a member of the ALES Safety Committee. This position requires the incumbent to work in-person in order to fully students and the department.

Specifically, they (1) take the lead role in overseeing all (non-computer) departmental teaching and shared laboratory facilities and associated equipment to provide clean, safe, and effective working environments; (2) coordinate and oversee the maintenance, storage, security and provision of teaching samples, lab supplies, chemicals, glassware, equipment, and safety items; (3) are a member of the ALES safety committee and works closely with the ALES Safety Advisor; (4) provide a one-window approach for all instructors for course-related field trip equipment needs; (5) organize departmental field schools; (6) provide support for on-line teaching and learning; and (7) perform basic department administrative duties as required.


Department Teaching and Shared Laboratories

  • Takes the lead role in overseeing the maintenance of all departmental teaching and shared laboratory facilities (other than computer-based laboratories) and equipment to provide clean, safe, and effective working environments.
  • Maintains an inventory of departmental field and laboratory equipment.
  • Coordinates the maintenance and replacement of laboratory/field equipment; assists with appropriate capital equipment proposals.
  • Coordinates and maintains all centrally-administered lab-related storage areas, to achieve efficient, safe, and appropriate space use

Departmental Laboratory Safety

  • Member of the ALES Safety Committee
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for chemicals, radioactive substances, biohazards, fire safety and general safety) for teaching and department shared labs.
  • Proactively assesses potential hazards; identifies, rectifies, and/or advises on safety-related lab issues; recommends policies and purchases for teaching and department shared labs
  • Ensures that appropriate laboratory emergency action plans are in place and are understood and followed by students and laboratory personnel for teaching and department shared labs

Laboratory Course Preparation and Delivery

  • Works with the course instructors in designated undergraduate laboratory courses (approx. 2 per term)
  • Assists with the preparation of teaching materials such as visuals and displays, field guides/keys, practice models, collection specimens, and e-learning materials, etc.
  • Builds and maintains appropriate teaching-oriented collections and specimens; often requiring overnight multi-day field trips across the province during the spring and summer months (e.g. soil and plant collection)
  • Coordinates the recruitment of Teaching Assistants (GTAs and Markers) for the laboratory courses.

Course Field Trip and Field School Support

  • Assists Academic Lead for departmental field schools (multiple Field Schools in late August 10-15 days in length)
  • Assists with booking facilities and vehicles
  • Coordinates the recruitment of summer temporary support staff
  • Manages all departmentally owned field equipment and use for undergraduate and graduate courses.



  • BSc or MSc (preferred) in environmental sciences (soils, plants, biology, ecology, water) or 
  • Technical / chemical technology diploma, supplemented by 3 to 4 years of related laboratory experience in a teaching environment (equivalent combinations of education and experience considered)
  • WHMIS training and a good understanding of waste chemical management regulations and general lab-oriented safety procedures required
  • Standard First Aid
  • Understanding of the UofA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles (preferred but training will be offered)
  • Class 4 driving license (preferred but training will be offered)
  • Field safety training certificates an asset (eg. Quad driving, chain saw use) - preferred but training will be offered


  • Instructional experience in a post-secondary institution is not required but preferred
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and organizational skills essential
  • Demonstrated experience working with appropriate lab safety procedures; knowledge of appropriate field safety procedures for the University of Alberta required
  • Strong computer proficiency using MS Office applications (Word, Access, Excel) is required
  • Supervisory experience is an asset for overseeing Teaching Assistants
  • Regular training is required to keep pace with course-related software, safety standards, analytical techniques, and instructional techniques

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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

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