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Medical Laboratory Technologist 1 - Core Laboratory

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18767
Salary: $88,803 - $106,061
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 within Stanton and reporting directly to the Technical Supervisor - Core Laboratory, the incumbent analyzes samples and conducts individual patient tests using both complex laboratory instrumentation and manual techniques. The incumbent performs routine laboratory analysis in chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine and specimen collection and handling activities. While performing analysis the incumbent must be able to recognize normal and atypical findings and initiate the appropriate action. Accurate testing allows the practitioner to accurately diagnose medical conditions and arrange for proper care and treatment which ultimately impacts on a patients morbidity. This accurate and timely testing also assists public health teams address regional or territorial health issues in an effective manner.

Based on workload and operational demands the MLT1 -Core may be required to provide support and coverage for the Medical Laboratory Assistants in order to ensure efficient and continual flow of samples for analysis. The incumbent may be required to provide functional guidance to 5 Medical Laboratory Assistants when working within the Core Laboratory.

The incumbent will be required to share standby with the other MLT1- Core staff (4-5 days per month), as well as providing rotational weekend and evening coverage. These services are provided on a seven-day per week rotational basis, 06:30 hrs. - 23:00 hrs. Services required after regular working hours are covered on an on-call basis.
In addition to providing laboratory services to Stanton, the Core Laboratory Section provides services to:

• 3 hospitals within the Northwest Territories (NWT);
• 21 Health Centres located in the NWT;
• 4 medical clinics Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA);
• the Department of H&SS-Health Protection Unit;
• Stanton-Environmental Health Unit; and
• a variety of businesses located in the north including but not limited to mining companies and public works.

Approximately 27, 000 tests are processed monthly at the STH Laboratory

Unlike most major laboratories in southern Canada Stanton Laboratory lacks a local Pathologist. Pathology services are delivered through a consulting pathologist in Edmonton, Alberta. In the absence of a resident pathologist the incumbent acts as a resource on Laboratory related practice. The remoteness of Stanton from major referral centres requires that the incumbent has a comprehensive understanding in the Core Laboratory disciplines of Laboratory Medicine as well as instrument maintenance and repair.

As the largest laboratory in the NWT, the laboratory is often chosen to participate in National Programs and committees; in the absence of a local pathologist, the incumbent collaborates with the Laboratory Supervisor to ensure that Stanton conforms with internal and external policies/standards.

Typically. the above qualifications would be attained by:
This level of knowledge is typically acquired through the successful completion of 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 years 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 all of the core laboratory disciplines including: Chemistry; Hematology; Transfusion Medicine; Urinalysis; specimen collection from adults, children and neonates.

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 $45.54 per hour to $54.39 per hour (approximately $88,803 to $106,061.) 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 # 18767

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