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Laboratory Assistant

Cambridge Bay
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This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
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Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
04 January 2019

This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

Reporting to the Laboratory Specialist, the Laboratory Assistant works as the only Laboratory Assistant in the specimen processing/receiving area of the Laboratory and works to maintain a consistent flow of laboratory samples and reports in and out of the Laboratory; The Laboratory consists of One (1) Laboratory Specialist, One (1) Laboratory Technologist, and One (1) Laboratory Assistant. In addition to providing laboratory services to the Kitikmeot Regional Health Facility, the Laboratory Assistant provides services to the Kitikmeot Region. The Laboratory Assistant  provides services to 20 outpatients daily, ranging from low to high risk, handles and sorts 40-50 referred in laboratory samples daily and prepares for transport to a southern laboratory 100 referred out samples’ four times a week.

The Laboratory Assistant collects laboratory samples, sorts and distributes biological samples collected within the Kitikmeot Regional Health Centre using established standards of practice and adhering to established International Dangerous Goods Regulations. The incumbent accesses a computerized database of patient files to enable the distribution and tracking of patient results/reports, assists the Specialist in maintaining and ordering inventory required for the collection of biological samples, disinfects Laboratory work areas using appropriate chemical agents and provides training to new Laboratory staff.

The incumbent must possess an in-depth knowledge of acceptable laboratory practices and procedures including venipuncture and medical terminology, knowledge of and ability to apply standard safety protocols, (i.e. Dangerous Goods, universal precautions, etc.) knowledge of and an ability to input and retrieve information from a Laboratory Information System and an ability to double-check the accuracy of information for one’s own work.

This level of knowledge is typically acquired through the successful completion of a recognized Laboratory Assistant Program and the incumbent must be registered with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut (Inuinnaqtun), English and French.

Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset.

Courses in First Aid are an asset; the ability to speak and write English and Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun skills are an asset.

Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.


Department of Finance (Cambridge Bay)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 2377, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut X0B 0C0
Phone: (867) 983-4058
Toll free: 1-866-667-6624
Fax: (867) 983-4041