Job Descriptions for Temporary/Casual/Interim Employees

On November 22, 2017, the Ontario Government passed Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which incorporates a number of changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. Amongst these changes is a provision that effective April 1, 2018, employees are entitled to equal pay for equal work, regardless of employment status. When employees perform substantially the same kind of work, in the same place of employment, and the work requires substantially the same skill, effort and responsibility, and is performed under similar working conditions, they are entitled to receive equal pay. For situations where a same or substantially similar job doesn’t exist within other employment groups at McMaster, temporary, casual and interim employees will need to be compensated according to the new compensation program for temporary employees which features a new pay grid and availability of generic job descriptions. 

See below for processes to guide you in the introduction of the equal pay for equal work provision and information about the new level and pay structure and generic job descriptions for temporary jobs. For additional information regarding Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, refer to the Manager’s Toolkit. Here you will find additional communications and FAQs relating to equal pay for equal work.

Process Guides

Job Levels and Pay Grid for Temporary/ Casual/ Interim Positions

To support department hiring needs, a number of generic job descriptions are available. Where possible, we encourage you to use an existing generic job description. Note that the temporary job descriptions included below have been developed to reflect the scope of work and representative duties of the defined role and do not reflect every duty or task that an incumbent may perform.

Effective Date: April 1, 2018. 


Routine-Level 1*                                                                                 Minimum: $14.00          Maximum: $16.80

Job Title  Interim Job Code  Student Work
 Program Job Code 
 Job Description   Job Posting 
Activity Counsellor INT081 WPS081 PDF Word
Animal Husbandry Technician INT052 WPS052 PDF Word
Clinical Maintenance Assistant INT053 WPS053 PDF Word
Course Development Assistant INT042 WPS042 PDF Word
Customer Service Support Assistant INT004 WPS004 PDF Word
Customer Service Support Assistant IB  INT019 WPS019 PDF Word
Data Entry/File Clerk INT002 WPS002 PDF Word
Data Entry/File Clerk IB INT086 WPS086 PDF Word
Event Support Assistant IB INT132 WPS132 PDF Word
Field Research Assistant INT156 WPS156 PDF Word
Invigilator INT038 WPS038 PDF Word
Lab Assistant I INT008 WPS008 PDF Word
Lab Monitor   INT010 WPS010 PDF Word
Lab Set-up Technician  INT011 WPS011 PDF Word
Lab Set-up Technician 1B  INT064 WPS064 PDF Word
Library Assistant (Student) 1A INT018
WPS018 PDF Word
Library Assistant (Student) 1B INT045 WPS045 PDF Word
Library Assistant (Student) 1C INT046 WPS046 PDF Word
Note Taker 1 INT115 WPS115 PDF Word
Office Assistant INT001 WPS001 PDF Word
Program Support Assistant  INT022 WPS022 PDF Word
Program Support Assistant IB INT117 WPS117 PDF Word
Project Assistant INT033 WPS033 PDF Word
Research Assistant I INT014 WPS014 PDF Word
Retail Assistant
INT007 WPS007 PDF Word
Standardized Patient INT013 WPS013 PDF Word
Tour Guide  INT047
WPS047 PDF Word
Tour Guide - Nuclear Operations INT131 WPS131 PDF Word
Wash Area Attendant INT051 WPS051 PDF Word

Intermediate-Level 2                                                                         Minimum: $15.46             Maximum: $20.09

Job Title  Interim Job Code  Student Work
 Program Job Code 
 Job Description   Job Posting 
Admissions Assistant INT118 WPS118 PDF Word
Communications Assistant INT003 WPS003 PDF Word
Communications Assistant IB  INT025 WPS025 PDF Word
Educational Outreach Facilitator     INT021 WPS021 PDF Word
Educational Research Assistant INT076 WPS076 PDF Word
Field Research Assistant  INT062 WPS062 PDF Word
Field Research Assistant IIB INT152 WPS152 PDF Word
Financial Assistant INT005 WPS005 PDF Word
Head Tour Guide INT048 WPS048 PDF Word
IT/Technical Assistant INT006 WPS006 PDF Word
Lab Assistant II
WPS009 PDF Word
Lab Development Assistant INT020 WPS020 PDF Word
Lab Supervisor  INT078 WPS078 PDF Word
Multimedia Assistant INT141 WPS141 PDF Word
Note Taker 2 INT116 WPS116 PDF Word
Off-Campus Orientation Planner INT031 WPS031 PDF Word
Office Assistant II INT023 WPS023 PDF Word
Office Assistant IIB INT068 WPS068 PDF Word
Programming Assistant INT080 WPS080 PDF Word
Project Support Assistant INT133 WPS133 PDF Word
Recruitment Assistant INT113 WPS113 PDF Word
Research Assistant II INT015
WPS015 PDF Word
Residence Orientation Planner INT032 WPS032 PDF Word
Sustainability and Energy
Conservation Support Assistant
INT029  WPS029  PDF Word

Advanced-Level 3                                                                               Minimum: $18.08            Maximum: $25.32

Performs duties that are complex and of larger scope and require some theoretical and operational knowledge of the field. Utilizes advanced-level skills and knowledge to complete a variety of assignments. Regularly exercises discretion within delegated authority. Requires knowledge of the University’s policies and procedures to enable the incumbent to work independently under general direction. Conducts research into defined problems, analyzes findings and develops recommendations. Receives assignments in objective oriented terms. May administer special programs or services and has responsibility to maintain the program, manage resources and facilities and oversee provision of customer service. Work is reviewed in terms of meeting organizational objectives and schedules. May supervise others.

Job Title  Interim Job Code  Student Work
 Program Job Code 
 Job Description   Job Posting 
Assistant Prosector  INT016 WPS016 PDF Word
Data Analyst   INT017 WPS017 PDF Word
Liaison Assistant INT050 WPS050 PDF Word
Marketing and Communications
INT129 WPS129 PDF Word
Marketing and Events Associate    INT111 WPS111 PDF Word
Research Assistant III INT143 WPS143 PDF Word
Student Ambassador  INT071 WPS071 PDF Word
Web Assistant INT024 WPS024 PDF Word

Specialist-Level 4                                                                              Minimum: $22.28            Maximum: $33.42

Positions may be narrow in scope and require an in-depth, or specialized body of knowledge related to a functional area or may be broader in scope requiring the ability to provide program or large office administration. Makes recommendations and implements decisions on administrative and/or operational issues affecting important department functions. Selects and uses appropriate procedures, equipment and standards to conduct experiments and analyses that are complex. Decisions and recommendations made directly affect policies and procedures of major departmental programs or systems. Works independently under general direction and within broad procedural guidelines. May supervise others and accomplish results through others. Establishes organizational procedures for a significant operating function

Job Title  Interim Job Code  Student Work
 Program Job Code 
 Job Description   Job Posting 
Course Developer INT097 WPS097 PDF Word
Engineering Technician INT150 WPS150 PDF Word
Outreach Director INT149 WPS149 PDF Word
Program Development Specialist  INT084 WPS084 PDF Word
Research Assistant IV INT093 WPS093 PDF Word
Research Assistant IV B   INT121 WPS121 PDF Word



Professional-Level 5                                                                          Minimum: $28.74            Maximum: $45.98

Job Title  Interim Job Code  Student Work
 Program Job Code 
 Job Description   Job Posting 
Clinical Research Nurse  INT057 WPS057 PDF Word
Educational Instructor INT074 WPS074 PDF Word
Registered Nurse (Clinical) Coming soon  
Research Engineer INT040 WPS040 PDF Word
Scientific Writer INT041 WPS041 PDF Word


Job Description Template for Temporary/Casual/Interim Workers

*Level 1 Minimum will be increased in accordance with future Ontario minimum wage changes.