Job Posting 100377

Operations & Stewardship Manager (Opinicon)
Queens University
Eastern Ontario
Elgin, ON
closed 10 days ago (Sun, 7 Apr)
full time  •  $56,789.00 - $69,246.00/Year

The Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS) is located near the village of Chaffey’s Lock, approximately 50kms north of Kingston, Ontario, and is the largest inland university-based field station in Canada with over 3,400 hectares of property. Its primary mandate is to provide opportunities for university teaching and research in the biological and related sciences. QUBS has two campuses: Opinicon Lake (hereafter Opinicon), where most research and teaching occurs, and Elbow Lake, known as the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC), which offers public and school outreach. The Opinicon Campus provides daily meals, accommodation, lab space, technical equipment, computer systems, weather stations, and safety equipment, with on-site accommodation for over 90 residents.


Reporting to the Senior Manager, Program and Administration (QUBS), the Manager, Operations & Stewardship (Opinicon) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Opinicon Campus and associated lands, including; liaising with stakeholders/users, booking activities, budgeting and invoicing, records management, maintenance, stewardship, and advertisement/marketing. The Operations & Stewardship Manager (Opinicon), is required to confer regularly with the Senior Manager, Program and Administration (QUBS), on all maintenance, outreach, pedagogical and research activities to be undertaken to minimize overlap, achieve economy in operating budgets and maximize income for both the ELEEC and Opinicon QUBS Campuses and to finance short and long term Opinicon Campus costs.


Non-traditional hours, including evening and/or weekend commitments are required during peak periods. Ability to reside on-site during peak periods.


See full job description for key responsibilities:

  • Managing Bookings & Access
  • Health & Safety
  • Accounting & Record-Keeping
  • Outreach, Research & Teaching Activities
  • Maintenance & Stewardship
  • Human Resource Supervision



  • University degree in Biology, Environmental Science or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practice in safety procedures, and experience maintaining safety equipment.
  • Previous experience in building and/or performing repairs with demonstrated skills in a variety of trades including, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical and mechanics would be an asset.
  • Sound computer and office skills, including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database applications, as well as the ability to learn new software.
  • Valid Province of Ontario Class G driver’s license required. Experience driving a large tractor and piloting various watercrafts an asset.
  • Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, natural history or environmental science issues.
  • Consideration may be given to a combination of education and experience.

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