BCNET Careers

We’re a small dynamic team that loves what we do, and thrive on our ability to make a difference for our higher education member community in British Columbia. Our work environment is diverse, collegial and entrepreneurial. 

We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, and complete range of benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, healthcare coverage and wellness allowance.

Senior Network Specialist

BCNET is looking for a Senior Network Specialist. If you want to build your experience while making an impact in a fast-paced and highly engaged environment, we want you to become part of our team! 

Our core values are:

Collaborative - We achieve more by working together
Responsive - We commit to service excellence
Innovative - We deliver creative solutions


BCNET is one of the leading shared services organizations in research and education networks. We offer technology services and solutions enabling world class research and education anywhere in British Columbia by harnessing the collaborative spirit of our members. As a not-for-profit shared services organization, we continuously engage with our stakeholders to explore, develop and deliver solutions that meet the evolving needs of our members. We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, and complete range of benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, healthcare coverage and wellness allowance. Our work environment is diverse, collegial and entrepreneurial.

Closing Date: 4PM Vancouver time, December 16


Please send your resume and cover letter by email to 
1.  A cover letter is REQUIRED for your application.
2.  Please describe “how your experience aligns with our Core Values” and "your suitability for this role"  in your cover letter.  

Thank you to all candidates but only those shortlisted will be contacted


Senior Network Specialist Position Description

​​​​Reports to:
Network Manager

Primary Functions
Reporting to the Network Manager, the Senior Network Specialist’s primary responsibility is to design, implement and maintain a province research and education network. The successful candidate would join the BCNET network team, which is a service provider internally to IT & Cybersecurity Services, Shared Systems & Technology as well as externally to our members throughout the province. BCNET collaborates externally with local, provincial, and national stakeholders (members, sector representatives, industry, and government) to ensure network activities are coordinated and executed to serve our members. The Senior Network Specialist will execute the primary function by adhering to our values of collaboration, innovation, and responsiveness.

Job Duties and Tasks:

  • Responsible for contributing to a sustainable and robust network architecture for BCNET reflecting the business needs, including ongoing operational support, monitoring, capacity planning, troubleshooting systems, service level, and availability requirements.

  • Researches and analyzes network activity and problems, recommends network design changes/enhancements, and directs the implementation of software or hardware changes to rectify any network deficiencies or to enhance network performance.

  • Analyzes new and emerging trends in network architecture and technologies, evaluates alternatives, participates in selections, and completes feasibility studies.

  • Contributes to short-term and long-term network engineering, capacity planning, and designing of network infrastructure and services to meet user requirements.

  • Assesses and designs facilities for network management including software tools and procedures including service level monitoring, incident tracking mechanisms, change management, network data collection, and performance evaluation.

  • Collaborates with other technical staff in short-term and long-term network engineering, designing, and planning of the BCNET network infrastructure and network services.

  • Ensures the operational stability of the BCNET network by providing advanced technical expertise and analytical capabilities.

  • Participates in projects and network services within BCNET and CANARIE.

  • Maintains a peer technical expertise liaison with vendors, suppliers, and BCNET member organizations.

  • Provides advice to senior management on network architecture advancements, and makes strategic methodology, development, and major expenditure recommendations.

  • Maintains appropriate professional designations and up-to-date knowledge of current information technology techniques and tools.

  • Be part of an on-call rotation with the other members of the network team

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science or a relevant discipline.
  • 8+ years of technical experience.
  • 2+ years of leadership experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2+ years recent network design experience at a senior level in a large enterprise or service provider network
  • 4+ years recent firewall implementation experience.
  • Network certification such as CCIE Service Provider, CCNP Service Provider, JNCIP-SP, JNCIE-SP, or equivalent.
  • Deep knowledge of routing and switching (OSPF, BGP, MPLS, VRFs, policy routing, optical networking), network security (firewalls, IDS/IPS, SSL VPN, IPSec), traffic engineering & shaping, packet capture and analysis, network design (IPv6, multicast, virtual networks), and network management systems.
  • Experience with automation and scripting in Linux environment and working knowledge of tools and processes such as Python, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, APIs, and DevOps.
  • A very high level of technical expertise and problem-solving abilities and must be able to effectively resolve unusual and highly complex technical problems.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities and work under pressure to meet time sensitive and mission critical deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with limited direction.
  • Ability to mentor and coach technical staff and teams, and act as a resource.

When applying for this position, please outline in your cover letter examples of how you’ve previously demonstrated BCNET’s core values.

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