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Position: Volunteer Assistant Educator
Organization: Sea Smart School
Location: Vancouver, BC

Volunteer with Sea Smart!

Sea Smart is looking for passionate, dedicated and reliable Volunteer Assistant Educators to help us deliver our educational programming for youth in our community. Join our passionate group of environmental educators to develop your science communication skills, and contribute to delivering high-impact student programming to hundreds of participants in Vancouver.

In light of the current public health crisis, Sea Smart is following the guidelines set out by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia, and the Childcare & Schools guide by BC’s Centre for Disease Control. All of our programs will have modified procedures in place to ensure the safety of child participants, volunteers, the community and our staff during our programming.

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 both in and out of the classroom. Founded by marine biologist Dr. Elaine Leung, Sea Smart helps youth understand the role they play in protecting our oceans 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 programs, we aim to inspire kids to love and protect our oceans. The Volunteer Assistant’s Educator’s primary responsibility is to foster a sense of empowerment in the next generation to help them in becoming environmental champions.

Why Volunteer with Sea Smart?

Volunteering with Sea Smart will provide you with invaluable experience in teaching and mentoring youth, while learning about ocean conservation and marine biology from a real marine biologist. If you have a passion for sustainability and want to make a difference in our future, then volunteering with Sea Smart is perfect for you! As a volunteer, you will gain important skills which can help prepare you for future educational or career endeavors.

Role Description

As a Volunteer Assistant Educator, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist the Environmental Educator with the delivery of the program content (lessons, games, and activities)
  • Lead students in science-based games and activities
  • Learn how to use inquiry-based teaching techniques to promote wonder and excitement in students
  • Educate children aged 6-10 about ocean biology and conservation
  • Be responsible for the set up and take down of materials at the beginning and end of each day
  • Network with other like-minded individuals
  • Advance to the Senior Volunteer Assistant Educator role after continued volunteering with Sea Smart

Qualifications Required

  • An interest in science, environmental issues or sustainability
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • 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
  • Experience working with youth (ages 5-17) is highly desired but not required

Time Commitment:

This position is based in Vancouver at Kitsilano Beach. The minimum time commitment is five days (Monday-Friday) for one or more weeks in July or August 2021. Hours are approximately 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, for 37.5 hours per week. Volunteers must also be available for volunteer training on June 29th, 2021.

Ready to apply for the position?

Fill out the application form and submit your resume here:

If you have any questions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Madison Scott, at

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 19 2021    ID: 59942