Manager, Animal Care

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Aurora College
Job ID: 23524
Salary: $104,910 - $125,307
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Mar 27, 2023

Department Information

A vibrant northern college committed to excellence in education and research, Aurora College strives to demonstrate leadership in the delivery of relevant and meaningful education and research rooted in strong connections to Northern land, tradition, community and people. Aurora College is a public college delivering adult and post-secondary education programs. Aurora College offers a variety of programs designed to meet the labour market needs of the North while providing students with the support, skills and education required to achieve success in their chosen careers. Aurora College is currently going through a transformation to becoming a polytechnic university and this is an exciting time to be on the team.

Job Information

The Manager, Animal Care (Manager) promotes education and training related to the ethical, humane use of animals in research and teaching at Aurora College, and provides support and guidance to faculty, staff, students, and partnered researchers with respect to the use of animals in research and education.
Located in Fort Smith, the Manager, Animal Care reports to the Director, Research Services.You will be responsible for an annual budget of $195,000, plus funding from third-party projects, with a signing authority of $25,000.You will lead the administration and application of institutional policies and national standards related to research and teaching involving animals. As well as lead the institutional process to apply for a Certificate of Good Animal Practice (GAP) and will complete all required activities and reporting requirements to maintain institutional GAP certification. The Manager will also ensure that research and teaching activities that receive approval from the institutional Animal Care Committee meet the requirements of both internal policies and national regulatory standards (i.e., the Canadian Council for Animal Care policies and guidelines).

The Manager is responsible for ensuring that all compliance requirements related to the ethical and humane use of animals in research and teaching are met by Aurora College faculty, staff, and partnered researchers. You will be responsible for the policies and procedures governing the use of animals in research and teaching, and is also responsible for training and professional development activities related to animal care for Aurora College faculty, staff, students, and partnered researchers. Aurora College is also transforming into a polytechnic university and the Research Services team will play a key role in expanding northern research and supporting the success of the polytechnic university.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
• Master’s degree  in relevant field
• 5 years’ experience in research project management
• Proven experience conducting or participating in animal care committee reviews

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

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

More Information

Affirmative Action

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

Criminal Records Check

Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal records check.  Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.

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.


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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #23524

Closing Date: March 27, 2023 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $53.80 per hour (approximately $104,910. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $7,374.