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Position: Science Communication Program Manager
Type: full-time paid 1 year contract from Jan 2 – Dec 7, 2019
Eligibility: ages 18 – 30 inclusive (Canada Green Corps, see below)
Organization: Sea Smart
Location: Vancouver BC

Do you:

  • Love our oceans and want to get kids excited about our oceans?

  • Want to help make the world a better place?

  • Think it’s important to connect kids to nature?

  • Love to mentor and inspire youth?

  • Believe that one person can make a big difference in the world, and together, we can do so much more?

Then working with Sea Smart is perfect for you!

Sea Smart is looking for a dynamic changemaker to join our passionate group of science communication and environmental educators who have been developing and delivering high impact student, teacher and community programming to thousands of participants across Metro Vancouver. We are looking for someone who has passion and commitment to work on important science communication and environmental education programming to inspire hope in youth that they can make a positive impact on environmental issues.

This is a full-time position that starts on January 2, 2019. Please submit your application by December 20, 2018. We will review applications as we receive them, so it is best to apply as soon as possible.

This job is for you if you want to…

  • Be part of a team and organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth to be environmental champions

  • Work in a dynamic, creative, inclusive environment where your ideas, work, and contributions make a difference

  • Actively make a difference both behind the scenes and with on-the-ground implementation

  • Develop professionally and evolve personally

About Sea Smart

Sea Smart delivers innovative, engaging education programs based on science and current ocean issues to empower youth to be environmental champions in Metro Vancouver.

Sea Smart uses fun, hands-on games and activities to teach youth in Kindergarten to Grade 12 about current issues impacting our oceans and get them brainstorming solutions in our school workshops, after school programs, and summer camps. Created by marine biologist Dr. Elaine Leung, Sea Smart helps youth understand the role they play in making the world a better place, while building essential life skills such as creative thinking, personal awareness, and social responsibility.

No oceans, no us. Sea Smart’s innovative curriculum teaches youth about ocean issues with a solutions-based approach that is much needed in this day and age when environmental problems are overwhelming and it is easy to lose hope.

Job Description

Sea Smart focuses on ocean education and therefore marine biology experience is an asset, but not required. Bringing experience and knowledge in communications, program coordination and/or education is ideal, along with key skills to co-create a collaborative and competent team.

Under the guidance of the Director, the Science Communication Program Manager is required to:

  • Create clear, compelling, informed communications, such as: key messaging, curriculum, reports, evaluations, web presence, and teacher communications

  • Co-develop, manage, and teach school workshops, after school programs and summer camps

  • Develop science and sustainability curriculum with a focus on oceans and environmental issues affecting our oceans

    • Plan and design science and sustainability workshops for after school programs for youth Grades 1-4

    • Create educational and engaging science and sustainability summer camp activities for youth Grades 1-8

    • Develop suitable science and sustainability experiments relevant to program topics

  • Prepare science and sustainability teaching materials

  • Media writing, including monthly newsletters and blogs

  • Work at public engagement events

  • Act as an instructor and role model at after school programs, camps and events

  • Follow safety and risk management policies and ensure every student is safe and having fun

  • Recruit volunteers and instructors

  • Schedule staff and volunteers

  • Train, supervise, and provide guidance to instructors and volunteer personnel

  • Complete all evaluations and reports in a timely manner

  • Promote programs, including development of marketing materials, distribute materials to schools and organizations, social media, etc.

  • Schedule programs

  • Conduct program registrations

  • Be the main contact person for all programs-related inquiries

  • Communicate with parents as needed

  • Apply for grants

  • Buy and budget supplies

  • Create record of activities

  • Perform other duties as requested by the Director

Qualifications Required

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with strong background in science, environmental issues or sustainability

  • At least two years experience working with youth (ages 5-17), ideally in a teaching environment

  • Experience with science and sustainability curriculum development for youth

  • Proven leadership skills and exceptional teamwork abilities

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Planning, organizational, multi-tasking and self-directed work skills

  • Proven ability to create and implement working projects and models of scientific concepts

  • Clear criminal record check for the vulnerable sector within the last five years or ability to obtain and pass a clear criminal record check

  • Minimum emergency first aid and CPR C level certification within last three years

  • Marine biology experience is highly desired but not required; if applicable, please highlight your marine biology experience in your cover letter

  • Having regular access to a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license is highly desired but not required; if applicable, please highlight your vehicle access in your cover letter

This position is part of the Canada Green Corps program and applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;

  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations;

  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of the placement (*Please note that the cancellation of EI benefits may cause some delay in the hiring process);

  • not be full-time students or co-op students during the period of employment;

  • not have participated in a youth project or programme funded by the federal government within one year. If youth have participated in a federally-funded youth programme, they must have been continuously unemployed throughout the following year, and their application will be subject to review;

  • must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;

Term of Appointment

This position is based in Vancouver and successful applicants must be willing to relocate to Metro Vancouver if they live elsewhere. This position is available for 1 year from January 2 to December 7, 2019. This position can be extended pending performance.

Full-time hours are approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, for 37.5 hours per week. There will be some occasions where you will need to work during evenings and weekends. The work hours in such weeks will be adjusted to total 37.5 hours per week.


Dependent on experience. $15 to $19 per hour + 4% vacation pay.

Ready to apply for the position?

1. Complete the employment survey at:

2. Email a cover letter and CV to:

Aaron Purdy

We thank all of those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 5 2018    ID: 48952