Medical Laboratory Assistant

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: NTHSSA - Stanton
Job ID: 16806
Salary: $70,259 - $83,909
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Apr 26, 2019

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located within Stanton and reporting directly to the Supervisor, Laboratory Services, the incumbent works as one of five Medical Laboratory Assistants in the specimen processing/receiving area of the Core Laboratory, Microbiology and Satellite Laboratory striving to maintain a consistent flow of laboratory samples and reports, in and out of the Laboratory. The incumbent rotates on weekly basis to the provide collection services at the off-site location site located at Yellowknife Primary Care Centre. The Laboratory consists of five Laboratory Technologists - Microbiology, seven Laboratory Technologists - Core Laboratory and 3 Technologist II's.

These services are provided on a seven-day per week rotational basis, 06:30 hrs. - 23:00 hrs.

In addition to providing laboratory services to Stanton, the Core Laboratory Section provides services to:

  • 3 hospitals within the Northwest Territories
  • 21 Health Centres located in the NWT;
  • The Department of Health and Social Services - office of the Chief Public Health Officer; and
  • a variety of businesses located in the North including but not limited to mining, private contracting and public works.

The Laboratory Assistant provides services to 100 inpatients and outpatients daily, ranging from low to high risk, handles and sorts 200 referred in Laboratory samples daily and prepares for transportation of 100 samples daily to a southern Laboratory.

The incumbent most be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of Laboratory Medicine with a focus on core laboratory functions, principles, and standards of practice including venipuncture, ECGs, medical terminology and the ability to operate and understand complex sample preparation and collection processes in order to basic analyte testing preparation, aid medical laboratory technologists and assist medical and non-medical professionals in advising patients for testing preparation
  • An ability to operate computerized and mechanical laboratory equipment in order to do set up for analysis of biological samples.
  • Knowledge of and an ability to input and retrieve information from Laboratory Information Systems; and
  • An ability to manipulate small samples to quickly recognize atypical laboratory findings and initiate the appropriate action.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained through the successful completion of a recognized Medical Laboratory Assistant Program at a minimum of a certificate and registration with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. The Incumbent must be able to maintain an active registration with the CSMLS as a Registered Medical Laboratory Assistant throughout employment.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

More Information

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $34.67 per hour to $41.38 per hour (approximately $67,607 - $80,691.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 16806

Closing Date: April 26, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time