The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Marine and Aquaculture


POSTING DATE: June 12, 2018
CLOSING DATE: July 15, 2018

Ocean Technician
Biology Department

Position Summary:

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global research and technology development network headquartered at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The OTN has deployed Canadian state-of-the-art acoustic receivers and oceanographic monitoring equipment to record movements and survival of marine animals. This position reports to Brendal Townsend - Senior Program Manager.


  • Lead and prepare for field missions including review of applications, liaise with partners, secure equipment, schedule deployment, and incorporate data into the OTN data warehouse.
  • Prepare, deploy maintain and retrieve a wide variety of equipment, including marine autonomous vehicles. Retrieve data and refurbish equipment as required.
  • Prepare travel and mission reports and record information pertinent to deployments (metadata); make these available to the OTN data management team.
  • Provide logistical and field support to OTN partners, review proposed project plans and provide recommendations.
  • Design mooring systems to ensure safe and effective placement; mentor collaborators on mooring design, array design, deployment, recovery, refurbishment and data retrieval.
  • Package and prepare dangerous goods equipment for shipment to international locations, including preparation of international customs agreements.

Note: This position can require extensive travel and extended periods of time in the field and at sea. It also requires extensive physical labour (repeated lifting and carrying up to 30 kg).

Qualifications: Knowledge of acoustic telemetry technologies, including how the different elements (receivers, releases and tags) integrate and communicate. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite. Knowledge of acoustic telemetry and satellite tagging technologies, CTDs, temperature and tilt loggers would be assets. The individual must be able to work independently, and collaboratively with a team. Required to work in physically challenging environments, problem solve and quickly adapt to changing field conditions. Marine First Aid and Dangerous Goods shipping certifications would be definite assets. Valid driver's license and ability to work at sea on vessels up to 22 meters is required. Maintenance and experience in maneuvering an ROV is considered an asset.

Status: 37.5 hrs/week
Pay Scale: $50,000 - $56,000 (plus entitled benefits)
Start Date: August 15th, 2018
Duration: 1-year contract with possible extension up to five years

Deadline for application: July 15th, 2018

Interested parties should forward a cover letter and current CV to:

Brendal Townsend

Only applications submitted directly to the e-mail address above will be considered. We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.