Earth Sciences Technician

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13/10/22; 13/10/2022

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About Carleton University

Carleton University is one of Canada's most resourceful and productive hubs of learning and research, fuelling a rich talent pipeline that is supporting social and economic renewal. The university's smart, caring and connected community inspires and empowers individuals to become change leaders who drive impact in the world while challenging conventional modes of thinking and doing. Carleton is recognized annually as a top regional employer and is a recipient of the Canada Awards for Excellence, Healthy Workplace Order of Excellence, and Platinum Level Certification for Mental Health at Work. Situated on unceded Algonquin territory and bordered by the Rideau River and historic Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of our nation's government and G-7 organizations, providing opportunities for staff and faculty to make a positive impact in our community and around the world.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Earth Sciences Technician reports to the Technician, Curator and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Earth Sciences and is under the authority of the Department Chair. Laboratory supervision, training and technical duties comprise 75% of the job, facility coordination and administration comprises 20% of the job, and 5% is allocated to “other” tasks as assigned.

The incumbent is responsible for the supervision of the Sample Preparation Laboratory in the Department of Earth Sciences, training and supervising users, and preparation of geological materials for analysis. Geological samples are prepared for thin section, X-ray, chemical and other geological analysis for all members of the Department as well as outside clients. The high quality of the resulting product is essential for the support of research and teaching and to ensure the continued excellent reputation of the department.

The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the laboratory and use of the laboratory equipment conforms to the Ontario Health and Safety Act and represents best safety and workplace practices. The incumbent responds to any emergencies in the laboratory. The incumbent is responsible for service, maintenance and updating of equipment in the laboratory, as well as other related duties as necessary to ensure sound operation of the Department’s facilities. The incumbent coordinates facility bookings, invoices, prepares monthly and annual usage statistics, and cooperates with the Department Administrator in preparing annual accounting statements.


The incumbent must possess the following qualifications:
• Basic understanding of administrative techniques and procedures
• The skill and ability to learn quickly the intricacies of Carleton University procedures and regulations, as well as any government legislation which may apply to items or practices encountered on the job, and the capability of explaining these to others.
• Must be able to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and take initiative.
• The ability to communicate effectively, to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and good judgment are qualities that are essential for this position.
• Accuracy and attention to detail is essential.
• Must work well within a team environment.
• A working knowledge of geological materials and their importance to research and teaching is essential.
• Strong experience with sample preparation of geological materials and petrography is required.
• Ongoing knowledge of safety practices and regulations in a workshop, laboratory or field work environment is necessary to perform the duties of the position competently.
• Strong technical knowledge and mechanical ability is essential to repair, maintain, and update equipment that is complicated and expensive.
• Computer skills (e.g. internet, spreadsheet, word processing) are essential for researching suppliers and equipment, communication with stake holders, and in tracking laboratory use and basic booking keeping.
• Work experience in a position of responsibility and experience in supervising students and assisting/training staff is essential.
• Training or teaching experience is an asset.

Education and Experience:

The above is normally acquired through the completion of:
• Completion of a four (4) year B. Sc. H. education in Earth Sciences. A combination of education and experience will be considered.
• Minimum four years of Earth Sciences related work experience (e.g. geological field or laboratory work), experience with equipment, instruments, safety, and supervisory experience.

HR Note:

Carleton University and CUPE 2424 are currently completing a joint job evaluation and pay equity project. The University and the Union are working together to describe the skills, effort, responsibilities and working conditions associated with every CUPE 2424 job, including this one. As a result, the job description that is currently associated with this posting (for recruitment purposes) may be revised to reflect the actual duties captured in the new job descriptions.

By applying for this job you are acknowledging that the actual duties associated with this job may differ somewhat from those identified in the job posting and that you will agree to perform the duties of this job as determined through the joint job evaluation process.

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications. Please note that applicants may be required to complete an employment test as part of the selection process for this position. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Human Resource Advisor assigned to this competition as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Important Note Regarding Pandemic Related Operations:

This position is required to work on campus. Exceptionally, since March 2020, many staff and faculty at Carleton University have been working from home in order to comply with public health requirements while continuing to provide services to support the operational functioning of the university. We are currently in the process of identifying positions that need to work on campus as part of our return to campus process. This position may be required to work temporarily remotely due to public health requirements or it may have been identified as one of the roles that are required to work on campus. If this position is required to work on campus, the successful candidate will be informed of the health and safety measures that are in place to ensure their safety on campus. If there is a requirement to work remotely (it is possible that there could be a requirement to work both remotely and on campus), the successful candidate will work with the manager to set up a remote work environment including discussing appropriate technology and requirements. Please note that once public health requirements permit, Carleton University will resume normal on campus operations and at that point there will be a timely notification provided by the manager and the requirement to working full time physically onsite will resume. Therefore, we are looking for candidates currently in or looking to relocate to the Ottawa area.

Additionally, Carleton University is continuing to maintain a safe work environment and requires mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 as per Public Health recommendations under the Reopening Ontario Act. As Carleton University requires that staff be available to attend on-campus meetings and to work, as required, in person, the successful candidate will be required to comply with this policy and be fully vaccinated before commencing employment. Subject to permitted exemptions under the Ontario Human Rights Code, if you are the successful candidate, your offer of employment will be conditional upon you attesting that you are fully vaccinated with a course of vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada and submitting appropriate proof of vaccination.

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