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Glider Tech I (term position), Ocean Tracking Network

Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)

CLOSING DATE: September 3, 2021

Glider Tech I (term position)

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a rapidly growing international marine and freshwater monitoring platform that focuses on tracking the movements of aquatic animals in the context of ocean climate change. OTN is headquartered at Dalhousie University and has ties to international universities and research institutions.

Position Summary: The Glider Technician I is a key part of the OTN glider operations team, housed under the Coastal Environmental Observation Technology and Research (CEOTR) group, a collaborative initiative between the OTN, the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), and the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR). 

This position works closely with the rest of the CEOTR group to ensure the smooth operation of OTN’s glider activities. This position is responsible for assisting with the maintenance, operation, troubleshooting, and piloting of gliders (Wave and Slocum), participating in field operations, metadata entry, and deploying other oceanographic equipment as required. The individual must be able to work well independently and as part of a team. They will work in a physically challenging environment, think on the fly, and adapt to changing conditions in the field. 

This is a 14-month term position and is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Starting salary is $50,000, commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will also be entitled to 10 days’ vacation per year, prorated to the length of the contract, plus all university and statutory holidays. Candidates must be able to work from Nova Scotia and eligible to work in Canada. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with glider missions from start to finish 
  • Assist with the maintenance of gliders and other technical equipment
  • Data collection, reporting, analysis, and processing 
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in development of autonomous underwater vehicles, basic computing skills, and safety protocols
  • Train, coordinate, and supervise of part-time glider pilots based on established procedures
  • Maintain a safe and tidy workspace
  • Attend regularly scheduled inter-team meetings, staff meetings, and external stakeholder meetings as required


Education: undergraduate degree in marine biology, oceanography, computer programming, engineering, or related field, or equivalent advanced certification. 

Experience: minimum of 4 months practical experience working with acoustic telemetry, oceanographic monitoring, or related area. 

Must possess a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license and have >1 year experience towing a trailer.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Highly organized and process-oriented
  • Time management and prioritization 
  • Demonstrated fluency in English 
  • Understanding of acoustic technology and research, including study design, mission planning, and field operation
  • General knowledge of oceanographic sensors, such as CTDs, oxygen sensors, hydrophones, echosounders and data loggers
  • Understanding of spatial mapping programs, GPS technology, plotting coordinates, and navigation


  • Physically fit, able to lift >20kg, and able to pass physical examination required for MED A3 training. 
  • Able to confidently work in a marine environment, in a variety of conditions, without (or despite) getting seasick. Able to work on and operate small vessels. 
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment, establish work priorities, and translate objectives into work plans. 
  • Strong problem-solving abilities. Able to adapt and respond quickly to unforeseen challenges in a field environment. 
  • Able to travel regionally and internationally without restriction (valid passport required). 
  • Able to work flexible hours, including some evening, overnight and weekend work as required. 


  • Experience maintaining, operating, troubleshooting, and piloting autonomous underwater vehicles
  • A detailed knowledge of gliders and their operational procedures with the ability to solve problems that arise
  • Current First Aid training, MED-A3 and SVOP (training can be provided if needed)
  • Familiarity with the Canadian and global ocean research and management landscape 
  • Experience working with academics, research assistants, and research administrators 
  • Experience working with different types of knowledge holders, including Indigenous groups, local fishermen, and community members
  • Experience working on collaborative projects with different sectors, including government and non-profit

Reports to: Adam Comeau, manager of glider operations

Faculty/department: Biology, Ocean Tracking Network

Starting salary: $50,000

Expected start date: September 13, 2021

Location: Dartmouth, N.S. (work from home may be required due to exceptional circumstances)

To Apply:

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter, as a single PDF document titled “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_GT” to Adam Comeau ( Deadline to apply is September 3, 2021. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, 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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