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Position: Education Program Coordinator
Organization: Sea Smart School Society
Location: Vancouver, BC

About Sea Smart

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

Sea Smart teaches youth in Kindergarten to Grade 12 about current issues impacting our oceans and gets them brainstorming solutions in our school workshops, after school programs, and summer camps. Created by a marine biologist, 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.

About you

We are looking for a values-driven changemaker who is adaptive, creative and organized. You’ll thrive in this role if you love program development, are a strong educator and are passionate about making the world a better place!

This job is for you if you want to:

  • Be part of a team 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

Simply put, this is more than a job; it’s a path to a rich career and personal growth.

About the role

We are looking for an Education Program Coordinator to aid in Sea Smart’s core goals of science and environmental education. The main focus is to coordinate, develop, market and teach many of our education programs, including school workshops, summer camps, after school programs and our Aquatic Species at Risk school workshop series.

Sea Smart employees wear many different hats, allowing you to develop skills in multiple areas of interest. To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Strong classroom engagement and management skills
  • Dedication and strong initiative
  • Strong organizational and planning skills in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
  • Creative program and curriculum development and coordination skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven leadership skills and exceptional teamwork abilities


Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the Education Program Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • Program Facilitation (35%)

    • Manage and teach school workshops, after school programs and summer camps
    • Deliver public engagement events
    • Develop science and sustainability teaching materials
  • Project Coordination (35%)

    • Communicate with schools, teachers, parents and community partners
    • Promote education programs, including the development of marketing materials, distributing materials to schools and organizations, social media, etc.
    • Schedule programs
    • Conduct program registrations
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with school districts and other organizations
    • Schedule, train, supervise, and provide guidance to instructors, volunteers and student teachers
    • Manage the bursary program for students and schools with financial need
    • Follow safety and risk management policies and ensure every student, staff and volunteer are safe and having fun
    • Buy and budget program supplies
  • Program Development (20%)

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

      • Creating age and theme-specific summer camps
      • Adapting programs to meet the needs of teachers and the BC curriculum
  • Administration (10%)

    • Be the main contact person for all programs-related inquiries from schools, teachers and parents
    • Update the website for programs as needed
    • Update program stats and email lists

Qualifications Required

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with a strong background in science, education, environmental issues or sustainability
  • At least two years experience working with youth (ages 5-17), ideally in a teaching environment
  • Proven knowledge and/or experience in program coordination
  • Experience with science or 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
  • Minimum emergency first aid and CPR C level certification within the last three years
  • Valid class 5 BC driver’s license (or equivalent) and driving for work purposes as needed is highly desired but not required
  • Having regular access to a reliable vehicle is highly desired but not required; if applicable, please highlight your vehicle access in your cover letter

Term of Appointment

This position is based in Vancouver and successful applicants must be willing to relocate to Metro Vancouver if they live elsewhere.

Our core working hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. The standard workweek for this role will be 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 a total 37.5 hours per week.

This is a full-time position that starts as soon as possible and ends August 31, 2020, with the potential to extend to a permanent position pending performance.

Federal Wage Subsidy Program

There is a preference for candidates who fulfill the following requirements for a Federal Government Wage Subsidy program. In your cover letter, please indicate if you are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Able to commit to a minimum 6-month contract

Ready to apply for the position?

Email a cover letter and CV to:

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: Jan 10 2020    ID: 55587