We are hiring - Lab Technician

Updated: Aug 10

** Edit: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest!

NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank is expanding, and we are looking for a bright and enthusiastic Laboratory Technician who thrives in a fast-paced environment. If you have a passion for breastfeeding mothers, recognize the value of human milk, and would like to work for a charity to make a difference, then we invite you to apply. Instructions for applying are located at the end of this post.

The Organization

NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides screened and pasteurized donor milk to babies in need when mothers’ own milk is not available. The mission of NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank is to provide pasteurized human donor milk to protect, promote and support the health of babies. For more information, you can visit www.northernstarmilkbank.ca.


Located in Calgary and reporting to the Lab Supervisor, NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank is seeking a Laboratory Technician. You will be responsible for the organization of milk coming into the milk bank, pasteurization of milk, the distribution of the milk to various hospitals, as well as other laboratory duties.


  • Weigh in and log milk as it is received from donors and milk drops

  • Prepare and package milk to be shipped to hospitals and individuals throughout Alberta, as well as other provinces

  • Provide support as required based on volume of donor milk, including pasteurization, inventory management, and update of statistical information

  • Ensuring that safe and accurate evidence-based, milk processing procedures are met as guided by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, Guidelines for Processing of Donor Milk.

  • Develop working knowledge of Timeless Medical System (TMS) computer tracking program

  • Other duties that support the strength and growth of the organization

Qualifications & Requirements

  • This position requires an individual who has demonstrated experience being a team player.

  • A highly motivated and empathetic individual with a passion for their work and the mission of the organization are required.

  • Able to stand and maintain and active pace for several sustained hours.

  • Able to lift & carry 30 lbs.

  • Restaurant and food safety experience and training are an asset.

  • Disciplines from various health care, science or food backgrounds with a post-secondary education will be considered.

  • Computer proficiency with the ability to work with Microsoft Excel and Word are required.

  • The ideal candidate has a demonstrated proficiency and high capacity for working in a multi-task focused environment, and can work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Strong verbal and communication skills are required.

Work Schedule NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank is open to the public from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday. Lab hours are approximately 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday-Friday. The work environment of NMMB is very welcoming in nature. As a result, our staff is reflective of that environment.

Remuneration for the Position

The successful candidate will be paid $19 - $21/hour based on experience and qualifications. Health care benefit plan available.

Timing: Start date Thursday August 4th, 2022 - but we are somewhat flexible.

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule: 8-hour shift

Salary : $19.00-$21.00 per hour


  • Dental care

  • Life insurance

  • Vision care

  • On-site parking

COVID-19 Considerations All lab staff wear masks and gloves when working with open milk.

All employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Education Requirements

  • Post Secondary education (required)

* Instructions for applying: If you would like your application to be considered, include your answers to these three questions in a letter of introduction/cover letter. Email your resume & cover letter to director@northernstarmilkbank.ca

  1. What skills do you have that can further the mission of the milk bank?

  2. After reviewing the website what questions do you have about the importance of human milk.

  3. Why do you want to work for our charity?

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