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Medical Laboratory Technologist 1, Microbiology

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18766
Salary: $84,845 - $101,361
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Aug 10, 2020

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority –Stanton Territorial Hospital (NTHSSA)  is offering challenging work and work life balance. Stanton Territorial Hospital (STH) is a 100 in-patient bed accredited facility, located in Yellowknife Northwest Territories (NWT). STH is the referral center for approximately 43,000 NWT residents and 5,900 residents from the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. STH provides health care services to adults and children on an inpatient/outpatient and outreach basis in order to restore health with dignity. STH maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property, recognizing the health hazards associated with tobacco in the workplace, both to smokers and non-smokers alike. Therefore, Stanton maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property.

Job Information

Located in Yellowknife, the Medical Laboratory Technologist 1, Microbiology (MLT1, Micro) reports directly to the Technical Supervisor, Microbiology, and delivers Microbiology, Mycobacteriology and Environmental Bacteriology services. Any member of the MLT1, Micro team may be required to provide functional guidance to Medical Laboratory Assistant 1 (MLA1) positions when working within the Microbiology Laboratory.

In addition to providing laboratory services to STH the Microbiology Section provides inhospital and territorial referral services to: other hospitals within the NWT; 21 Health Centres located in the NWT & Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut; four medical clinics (NTHSSA); the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Health Office of the Chief Public Health Officer and Environmental Health Officer and a variety of businesses located in the north including but not limited to mining, private contracting and public works. Approximately 15,000 samples are processed per month.

Pathology services are delivered through a consulting pathologist in Edmonton, Alberta. In the absence of a resident pathologist the incumbent will refer problems or concerns to designated Technologist II positions who act as a reference (first contact) on Laboratory Medicine related practice for NWT agencies and departments, and provides direction on all Microbiology related matters. Advanced medical laboratory expertise is sought by consulting with pathologist or laboratory medicine specialist by the Technologist II or by incumbent during weekends.

The MLT1, Micro analyzes samples as well as conducts individual patient tests using both complex laboratory instrumentation and manual techniques. While performing analysis the incumbent must be able to recognize normal and atypical findings and initiate the appropriate action. Accurate testing allows a referring physician to accurately diagnose medical conditions and arrange for proper care and treatment which ultimately impacts on a patient's morbidity and public health impacts.
Based on workload and operational demands the MLT1, Micro may be required to provide MLA1 support and coverage in order to ensure efficient and continual flow of samples for analysis.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A recognized Medical Laboratory Technology Program at a minimum of a diploma or degree level from an accredited Canadian Post-Secondary Institution. Internationally trained Medical Laboratory Technologists must have at least three (3) years of working experience in a Canadian Hospital Laboratory as a Medical Laboratory Technologist working in a core laboratory.

Applicants must have recent, relevant experience (within the past five years) in a Canadian Hospital Microbiology Laboratory.


Applicants must be registered with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science at the General Registered Technologist designation. New graduates waiting to write their certification examination will be considered however; registration must be achieved prior to beginning employment with Laboratory Services. Registration must be maintained throughout the period of employment with Laboratory Services.

These are bona fide requirements, equivalencies will not be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $43.51 per hour to $51.98 per hour (approximately $84,845 to $101,361.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.


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 # 18766

Closing Date: August 10, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Time