Position: Science Communication Educator for Summer Camps
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: Sea Smart
Location: Vancouver, BC
Love our oceans?
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 two dynamic world-changers to help us deliver our summer camps. Join our passionate group of science communication and environmental educators in organizing and delivering high impact student programming to hundreds of participants in Vancouver. We are looking for individuals who have the passion and commitment to inspire youth to make a positive impact on the environment.
This is a seasonal full-time position that starts on July 3, 2019. Please apply by June 19, 2019.
This job is for you if you want to…
Be part of a growing team and organization dedicated to empowering youth to be environmental champions
Work in a creative, inclusive environment where your ideas 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 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 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.
Through Sea Smart’s summer camps, we aim to inspire kids to love and protect our oceans. The Science Communication Educator’s primary responsibility is to deliver these programs in a fun and engaging manner to teach students about ocean issues and how we can help. In this role, they will be primarily responsible for organizing and delivering our summer camps and contributing to our public engagement events and other education programs as required.
The Science Communication Educator will work together with the Science Communication Program Manager to coordinate our summer camps. This involves program preparation, collecting and managing registration information and data, collecting waivers, communicating with parents, and coordinating volunteers. In addition, Science Communication Educator will act as the main educator for this program along with a team of volunteer educators. As the main educator, they are expected to fill a leadership role to the students and also to the volunteer educators, providing assistance and guidance as needed.
Under the guidance of the Director, the main duties of the Science Communication Educator are:
Delivery of summer camp and public outreach events, under the supervision of the Science Communication Program Manager
Preparing materials for summer camps and public outreach events
Managing registration information
Coordinating volunteer schedules
Communicating with parents
Leading volunteers and students in science-based games and activities
Using inquiry-based teaching techniques to promote wonder and excitement in students
Educating children aged 6-13 about ocean biology and conservation
Providing support and leadership to volunteer educators
Assisting with occasional outreach events
Setting up and taking down materials for summer camps each week
Setting up and taking down materials for outreach events
Engaging with people of all ages in public outreach events to promote ocean conservation
A strong background in science, environmental issues or sustainability
At least two years of 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 the 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 Summer Jobs program and applicants must:
Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
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 for 8 weeks from July 3rd, 2019 to August 19, 2019. Full-time hours are approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, for 35 hours per week.
Dependent on experience. $13.85 + 4% vacation pay.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jun 7 2019 ID: 53803