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Assistant Manager (req5011)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Research Services & Ethics
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $48,334.00 - 75,523.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 1). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 9/25/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled. 
Number of Openings:

Primary Purpose:  Acting as the on- the-floor supervisor for the aquatic facilities under the Research Services & Ethics Office (RSEO).  The purpose of this position is to provide functional direction and guidance to the animal care staff and researchers to ensure an optimum level of animal care to aquatic species used in research and teaching; facility and equipment operation and maintenance; and provides additional expertise in the provision of support, technical services, compliance and guidance to researchers.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Manager of Animal Care Services (ACS) in RSEO, this position provides administrative/supervisory support optimizing service resources, personnel, equipment, and supplies to ensure superior aquatic care, ensures technical coverage is provided and functions as a member of the technical team as required. Animal handling and manipulations are a constant part of the position.  Work is performed in accordance with research protocols and comply with CCAC Guidelines, University Policy, and all pertinent federal, provincial, and local guidelines and regulations. This position is exposed to animal waste and some unpleasant odors.  May be subject to dress code and traffic pattern restrictions. This complex position may experience constant interruptions, changing priorities, strict deadline, multiple competing demands and possible moderate to heavy physical labor. Possession of a valid Class 5 Saskatchewan Driver’s license is required.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

Working in close collaboration with the ACS Manager, the Senior Aquatics Advisor and multiple constituent groups, the Assistant Manager assists with:

  • Promoting a positive workplace that treats all persons with respect and dignity devoid of discrimination, bullying, and harassment
  • Organizing and managing the daily work schedule to accommodate fluctuations in workloads  while ensuring adequate technical coverage is provided 7/365
  • Strong understanding of aquatic systems design and husbandry to ensure aquatic health, breeding and research outcomes
  • Harmonization of all RSEO aquatic facilities, processes and procedures
  • Administration of Mosaic animal management software
  • SOP development and ensuring adherence to safe practices
  • Approval of aquatic animal orders
  • Perform troubleshooting, problem solving as well as preventative and corrective maintenance to prevent down time and ensure the efficient and continual functional of all aquatic systems
  • Addressing operational problems, bringing issues requiring further assistance to the attention of the Senior Aquatics Advisor and the Facility Manager;
  • Coaching, mentoring, training and directing animal care staff/students/researchers;
  • Assist with facility orientation & training for all users
  • Water quality testing and monitoring of all aquatic systems
  • Maintain supply inventory
  • Technical duties as needed across service areas;
  • Keep apprised of current standards and practices across Canada

Education: Graduate of a recognized Aquaculture diploma/degree program or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Candidate must pursue or be in the process of pursuing RLAT and later RMLAT certification with the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science once eligible.

Experience: A minimum of five years of aquatics experience.  Preference will be given to the candidate with supervisory experience and relevant experience in a research environment.   Working knowledge of the policies/procedures of the UACC and CCAC.

Skills: Proficient technical skills; demonstrated proficiency in personnel supervision, coaching and motivating, leadership and conflict resolution skills; effective interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal; demonstrated effective organizational and time management skills; ability to adapt and work in a dynamic environment maintaining a professional and positive demeanor; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; proven ability to work on multiple tasks/projects with competing demands to meet deadlines; ability to evaluate the work of others; and the ability to perform moderate physical labor. 


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.