Lab Technologist - Core Laboratory

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Closing date: Mar 2, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: Northwest Territories HSSA

Job Code: 15148

Salary: $79,658 - $95,102

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority – Stanton Territorial Hospital (NTHSSA)  is offering challenging work and work life balance.  Join our health care team as a Lab Technologist - Core Laboratory.   Stanton Territorial Hospital (STH) is a 100 in-patient bed accredited facility, located in Yellowknife Northwest Territories (NWT). This is an exciting time to work at Stanton as the hospital is undergoing  major redevelopment with a new $350 million facility being built with operations scheduled to transition into the new facility in 2019, for more information on the redevelopment visit

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

The Lab Technologist - Core Laboratory collects and analyzes a variety of biological samples within the Core Laboratory in accordance with recognized international laboratory practices as well as the philosophy and objectives of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) to ensure that medical and non-medical professionals have the test results necessary to diagnose, treat and manage disease.

Located within Stanton and reporting directly to the Laboratory Supervisor, the incumbent analyzes samples and conducts individual patient tests using both complex laboratory instrumentation samples and conducts individual patient tests using both complex laboratory instrumentation and manual techniques. The incumbent does routine laboratory analysis in chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine and specimen receiving/processing services. While performing analysis the incumbent must be able to recognize normal and atypical findings and initiate the appropriate action.

Based on workload and operational demands the Laboratory Technologist - Core Laboratory may be required to provide Laboratory Assistant and Bacteriology support and coverage in order to ensure efficient and continual flow of samples for analysis.

The incumbent will be required to share standby with all Laboratory 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. The incumbent may be required to provide functional guidance to 5 Laboratory Assistants when working within the Core Laboratory.

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);
  • Stanton-Environmental Health Unit; and
  • a variety of businesses located in the north including but not limited to mining companies and public works.

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 chose to participate in National Programs and committees; in the absence of 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:

A successful completion of a recognized Medical Laboratory Technology Program at a minimum of a diploma or degree level and certification and registration with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) as a General Medical Laboratory Technologist. 

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Term Position

This job opening is for a one (1) Year Term

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 for this position starts at $40.85 per hour (approximately $79,658 per annum) 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 # 15148        

Closing Date: March 2, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


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