Employment

At SALA, we offer a wide variety of rewarding job opportunities for student workers. They add up to over $250,000 in academic assistantships annually. We employ students in the following areas:

  • course support
  • research support
  • workshop and fabrication
  • communications
  • design and digital media
  • event support
  • library and resource collections 

Current job opportunities

Course support

LARC 541 - Landscape planning and management 

Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Patrick Mooney
W2018 Term 2 – Thu 9:00 – 13:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
3 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 39 hours total at $32.53/hr
TOTAL PAY: $1268.67

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Attend some of the lectures and mark assignments.

QUALIFICATIONS 
PhD student or recent graduate who has taken LARC 541 or has completed other training in landscape planning and ecosystem services at the Master’s level. Students who will complete their degree requirements in December 2018 are encouraged to apply. 

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
October 31, 2018 *Extended – Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Updated October 31, 2018

ARCH 504 - Architectural history I

Two notable groups are advocating for labor issues in the field of architecture today: Who Builds Your Architecture and The Architecture Lobby. Both have raised questions about the complex relationships in the professional world between the work of a designer and what happens in the field during construction. But the changing (and unchanging) historical conditions of labour in architecture, and the patterns, some set long ago that still shape these conditions today, are not well understood. This course will mine the scholarship in architectural history to expand the intellectual foundations for labour activism in practice today. Learn more about the course here.
Instructor: Sara Stevens
W2018 Term 2 – Tue/Thu 9:30 – 11:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
7 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 95 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $2973.50

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Attend lectures; Lead an in-class discussion group on the lecture content and readings; Attend weekly planning meetings; Provide tutorials outside of class (office hours). There may be an opportunity to devise in-class activities appropriate to lectures and discussion and an option to prepare and present an in-class mini-lecture.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Completion of required MArch history-theory sequence or undergraduate degree in architectural or art history is required. Will also consider MArch candidate with undergraduate degree in the humanities. Must have excellent communication skills and ability to creatively present information.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter, and a writing sample (paper written for an architectural history course) to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted October 22, 2018

ENDS 221 - Sustainability by design

Introduction to interactions between human and natural urban systems using local and international examples of successful sustainable community designs. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Joseph Dahmen
W2018 Term 2 – Thu 15:30 – 17:00

Graduate Academic Assistant – 1 open position
Start date: December 1, 2018
End date: April 15, 2019
~3 hrs per week for 19 weeks - up to 58 hours total at $21/hr
(60% of total hours will be worked in December and January)
TOTAL PAY: $1218.00 (based on submission of hourly timesheets)

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Set up, maintain and manage course blog; Handle class mailing lists and routine communications; Assist with lecture and assignment preparation; Coordinate course events.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Current enrollment in MArch, MLA, or MUD. Excellent organizational and communication skills required. Familiarity with Wordpress or other blog platforms preferred.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted October 22, 2018

ARCH 517/ARCH 437 - Design media II

Intermediate manual and digital skills and concepts employing a variety of subjects, techniques and software. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Thena Tak (additional sections will be taught by adjunct faculty TBA)
W2018 Term 2 – Mon/Wed 10:00 – 12:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 4 open positions
5 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 65 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $2034.50 

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Attend class, provide some in-class tutorial assistance, provide administrative support (gather information from students, facilitate grouping of students, provide logistical support), and provide advice and critical feedback to students outside of class (up to 2 hrs/wk)

QUALIFICATIONS 
Current SALA student who has successfully completed ARCH 517 or equivalent. Applicants must be organized and have strong communicating skills. Applicants need to be familiar with Rhinoceros 3D, Adobe Creative Suite (PSD, AI, IND), and at least one of the following: Grasshopper, GH plug-ins (Kangaroo, DIVA, Firefly), After Effects and Premiere Pro, and VRay or Lumion.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter, list of software proficiencies, relevant work samples (up to 5 pages in PDF format) to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
November 6, 2018 *Extended – Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted October 23, 2018. Updated November 8, 2018. 

LARC 533/LARC 444 - Green network planning (GAA)

Introduces a comprehensive, landscape-based approach to planning and designing the open spaces of cities to enhance and benefit from existing natural systems and enhance human experiences. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Cynthia Girling
W2018 Term 2 – Mon/Wed 9:30 – 11:00

Graduate Academic Assistant – 1 open position
Start date: December 10, 2018
End date: March 31, 2019
~2.5 hrs per week for 13 weeks - up to 39 hours total at $21/hr
TOTAL PAY: $819.00 (based on submission of hourly timesheets)

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Set up and maintain the blog, assist with scheduling field trips and other class events, gather and maintain GIS and other map data for the course, create templates for the students work and assist students with technical issues such as GIS.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Masters student in one of the following professional degree programs: MLA, MASLA, Professional Masters in Planning (SCARP). Student must have working knowledge of ArcGIS or another GIS application and will have an interest in green systems planning in cities.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
November 8, 2018 *Extended – Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted October 25, 2018. Updated November 15, 2018. 

LARC 533/LARC 444 - Green network planning (GTA)

Introduces a comprehensive, landscape-based approach to planning and designing the open spaces of cities to enhance and benefit from existing natural systems and enhance human experiences. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Cynthia Girling
W2018 Term 2 – Mon/Wed 9:30 – 11:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
5.5 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 72 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $2253.60 

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Mark Exams, Quizzes, Assignments, Lab Reports, and/or Project Reports as directed by the Instructor.; Instruct  students in Office Hours to aid with assignments, course materials, etc., as directed by the Instructor; Organize readings, collect and review specific assignments.

QUALIFICATIONS 
PhD student or Masters student who will complete their degree requirements by December with an interest in green systems planning in cities. SCARP and Urban Forestry students are encouraged to apply. The student will ideally have knowledge of ArcGIS or another GIS application (not mandatory).

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
November 8, 2018 *Extended – Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted October 25, 2018. Updated November 15, 2018.

ARCH 574/HPB 501 – Green building contemporary practice (GTA)

Enhanced building environmental performance and the integration of green building principles, strategies and technologies. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: John Madden
W2018 Term 2 – Wed 15:00 – 18:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
3 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 39 hours total at $32.53/hr
TOTAL PAY: $1268.60

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Prepare and conduct in-class exercises and facilitate discussion sessions; maintain course blog; design and support class discussion forums in consultation with instructor. Assists class participants in the production of course assignments including developing case studies based on class topics. Coordinate access to course reading list materials. Connect and or provides media resources. Support instructor in grading assignments.

QUALIFICATIONS 
PhD or recent graduate in the field of Architecture, Building Science, Engineering, or Planning. The candidate should possess a good understanding of sustainable building design concepts, principles and frameworks and preferably have LEED certification. Preference given to candidates that have experience as GTA and possess strong graphic and technical design skills. Students who will complete their degree requirements in December 2018 are encouraged to apply. Must be able to fill GAA position for ARCH 574/HPB 501.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
November 14, 2018

Posted October 31, 2018

ARCH 574/HPB 501 – Green building contemporary practice (GAA)

Enhanced building environmental performance and the integration of green building principles, strategies and technologies. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: John Madden
W2018 Term 2 – Wed 15:00 – 18:00

Graduate Academic Assistant – 1 open position
Start date: December 15, 2018
End date: December 31, 2018
6 hrs per week for 2.5 weeks - 15 hours total at $21/hr
TOTAL PAY: $315.00 

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Course prep and course blog set up.

QUALIFICATIONS 
PhD or recent graduate in the field of Architecture, Building Science, Engineering, or Planning. The candidate should possess a good understanding of sustainable building design concepts, principles and frameworks and preferably have LEED certification. Preference given to candidates that have experience as GTA and possess strong graphic and technical design skills. Students who will complete their degree requirements in December 2018 are encouraged to apply. Must be able to fill GTA position for ARCH 574/HPB 501.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
November 14, 2018

Posted October 31, 2018

ENDS 420 – Technology and technique

Introduction to fundamental design principles and investigations of buildings, landscape, machines, and furniture.
Instructor: Colette Parras
W2018 Term 2 – Fri 9:30 – 12:30

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
3 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 42 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $1314.60 

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Data preparation, leading discussions, and some grading. Must be available during class time and have an interest in teaching and interacting with undergraduate students.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Must be a student in the MLA or MArch graduate programs with completed course work in Architectural Structures and Architectural Technology.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Posted November 8, 2018

ENDS 302 – Design studio II: Constructions

Expands the terms of the purposeful transformation of "place" to include modifications to the environment at the scale of the individual; concepts of dwelling and habitation; the human body as an instrument of measure, dimension and design of the private realm.
Instructor: Travis Hanks
W2018 Term 2 – Tue/Fri 13:30 – 17:30 and Thu 14:00 - 18:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 2 open positions
10 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 130 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $4069.00

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
May include: giving desk-crits, leading pin-ups and discussions, giving tutorials on drawing and model-building, assisting in the construction of assignments, organization of external reviews and organizing tours..

QUALIFICATIONS 
Completion of master's level design degree or current enrollment in a master's level design degree program (MArch, MLA) and good leadership and communication skills are required. Prior teaching experience is preferred. SALA students who will complete their master’s degree requirements in December 2018 are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter, and short portfolio of recent work to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Posted November 8, 2018

ENDS 221 – Sustainability by design

Introduction to interactions between human and natural urban systems using local and international examples of successful sustainable community designs. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Joe Dahmen
W2018 Term 2 – Thu 15:30 - 17:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 2 open positions
12 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 156 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $4882.80

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Attend one 1.5 hour lecture per week by instructor and conduct two 2 hour sessions per week with two groups of up to 20 students. Sessions will include discussion of lecture and readings, followed by collaborative design exercises. Responsibilities will include preparing course materials, managing group projects within the sessions, arranging critiques of design exercises, tracking student attendance, and grading design exercises, quizzes, and exams. Number of positions will be based on enrolment.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Current PhD or Master level student in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design with a strong interest in gaining experience teaching design to undergraduate students in gateway course to the ENDS program. Applicants who have successfully completed courses in sustainable design are preferred. Previous teaching experience working independently with undergraduates is helpful, but not required. SALA students who will complete their master’s degree requirements in December 2018 are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, cover letter (one paragraph limit), and short portfolio of recent work (5 page limit) to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Posted November 8, 2018

ARCH 573E – Seminar: Environmental studies

An investigation of specialized environmental topics concerning theory and the practice of architecture.
Instructor: Adam Rysanek
W2018 Term 2 – Wed 9:30 - 12:30

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
20 hours total at $31.30/hr
TOTAL PAY: $626.00

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Facilitate preparation of teaching materials, such as tutorials for Rhino/Grasshopper/DIVA.

QUALIFICATIONS 
This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University. 

Posted November 8, 2018

ARCH 533 – Environmental systems and controls II

Mechanical and electrical services of buildings and their integration with architectural form and fabric. Learn more about this course here.
Instructor: Adam Rysanek
W2018 Term 2 – Tue/Thu 11:00 - 12:30

Graduate Teaching Assistant – 1 open position
4 hrs per week for 13 weeks - 52 hours total at $32.53/hr
TOTAL PAY: $1691.56

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Assist in the grading of assignments and projects, facilitate preparation of teaching material, and provide tutorials to students in support of the course’s curriculum. Some involvement with class tours will be expected.

QUALIFICATIONS 
PhD candidate or recent SALA graduate. Successful completion of both ARCH 513 and 533, or equivalent. Strong interest holistic building systems design, and low‐carbon or regenerative building systems design is preferred. Experience with Rhino Grasshopper is useful, but not required. Masters students who will complete their SALA degree requirements in December 2018 are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit application form, CV, and cover letter to hr@sala.ubc.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Posted November 15, 2018

 

Event support

SALA open house

W2018 Term 1 – November 24 from 9:00 - 17:00

Event Assistant – 2 open positions
8 hours total at $21/hr

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Set up + take down of our SALA booth along with answering general program questions and monitoring/operating a demonstration of our 3D printer.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Current SALA student. Should have experience with 3D printing and be comfortable speaking with the public.

HOW TO APPLY
Send a note of interest and resume to Tara Deans, Manager of Student Services + Recruitment at tdeans@sala.ubc.ca

Posted October 17, 2018

Graduate project reviews

W2018 Term 1 – December 12-14 and 17, 2018

Event Assistant – 2 open positions
~12 hours total at $15/hr

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Collect pinup boards, set up rooms in the Engineering Design Centre for the reviews, (AV, pinup boards, seating, etc.), take things down

QUALIFICATIONS 
Current SALA student, must be able to lift and carry heavy furniture up to 35 kg.  

HOW TO APPLY
Email Nick Scott, Facilities Manager at nscott@sala.ubc.ca

Posted October 17, 2018. Updated November 16, 2018. 

 

 

Communications support

SALA digital resource blog 

W2018 Term 1/2 

Technical assistant – 1 open position
Start date: December 10, 2018
End date: January 31, 2019
Up to 10 hrs per week for a total of up to 50 hrs
$25.20/hr

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES
Assist with the development and population of SALA Resources Blog. Organize digital assets provided by the Manager of Communications and Outreach on the blog.

QUALIFICATIONS 
Current SALA student with experience using Word Press. Basic HTML knowledge is an asset. 

HOW TO APPLY
Send a note of interest and resume to Emma Fennell, Manager of Communications and Outreach, communications@sala.ubc.ca.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Posted November 15, 2018

 

We anticipate posting additional positions in the coming weeks. Interested candidates are encouraged to check for updates on a regular basis. Notification about new positions will also be included in the weekly eBlast. Any TA who wishes to be rehired as a preferred candidate must apply in order to be considered.

Before you apply:

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Please note that you will only be notified if you are offered a position. We will not post results.

If you have any questions about any of the terms for any position, please contact Tracy Satterfield, Student HR Coordinator at hr@sala.ubc.ca.

Other opportunities

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Contact information

Tracy Satterfield
Student Human Resources Coordinator
604.822.2770
hr@sala.ubc.ca