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Outreach Educator (Co-Op)

Nanaimo Science
Nanaimo, BC
$18–$19 an hour - Part-time, Internship / Co-op

Location

Nanaimo, BC

Full job description

Nanaimo Science is a non-profit charitable organization that provides hands-on science programming to children, schools, and the public.

Nanaimo Science offers several programs for children throughout the year, including after-school clubs, weekend programs, preschool programs, school break camps, homeschool programs, and public programming.

This position would be hired to develop and deliver programs with a primary focus on science education and outreach. Activities in this portfolio would include developing and delivering homeschool and public school programs, after-school activities, Science in the Park programs (outdoor science activities), taking part in science/environmental community events (e.g. Science Sunday Expo), and other programs through our "Science on the Move" branch across the central Vancouver Island region.

Daily work will also include supporting existing and new programs, working with colleagues on lesson plan development, planning activities and events, and general administration of programming at Nanaimo Science under the supervision and guidance of the Executive Director.

Work will be based out of the Nanaimo Science studio at Country Club Centre, however, some program delivery will be done in schools, outdoors on school grounds, and in parks/greenspaces/beaches. Travel to these locations will typically be provided via the use of the Nanaimo Science "Science on the Move" van - a full drivers' license and a clean drivers' abstract is an important asset for this position.

This is a very rewarding job with great opportunities to develop teaching skills, increase your skills in science communication, and work with a dedicated team to help foster a curiosity for science in young people and members of the public.

This position is funded through ECO Canada – applicants must be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents or refugees, and be currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Canada to be eligible for this funding to be considered.

Please visit https://eco.ca/swilp/studentquiz.aspx to confirm eligibility.

This position is a 3-month contract that begins January 2nd 2024, (with possible a on-boarding meeting in late December 2023) and with funding ending in late March 2024. There is a high probability of extension part-time in the Spring and full-time in the Summer months.

Applicants must be available for a minimum of one full-day (7-8 hours), or two half-days (4 hours), between Monday to Friday. Additional availability during weekend (between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) for balance of hours each week.

Job Description:

This position is part-time (20-hrs/wk); hourly wage: $18.00-$19.00/hr + 4% vacation.

Work would begin as early as January 2, 2024, with possibly onboarding in late December 2023.

The funded portion of this position will end in late-March 2024, however extension (part-time) is highly likely in March-June, and full-time opportunities are also available for the Summer months.

Duties will include:

  • Leading children through educational activities in a variety of subjects, from astronomy to biology, working with computers, building with simple materials, and more.
  • Working with classrooms of student to deliver Nanaimo Science programs
  • Supporting outdoor programs including Science in the Park (public education program) and field trip activities.
  • Leading children through activities during Professional Development/Spring Break day camps.
  • Taking responsibility for the welfare and learning of students, including apply appropriate behaviour management techniques as necessary.
  • Assisting other Nanaimo Science staff to prepare materials.
  • Ensuring safety policies and procedures are maintained.

Qualifications:

  • Have a passion for outreach and teaching science;
  • Have a strong background in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Math, RMOT, Physics, etc.), Engineering, Computing Science, or Education - ideally, candidates should have successfully completed some university-level science courses;
  • Be a self-motivated and conscientious person who can work independently and in teams;
  • Ideally have experience working with children in a camp or educational setting;
  • Be willing and able to work outside with groups of children in all types of weather;
  • Ideally have a full drivers' license and comfortable driving our Science on the Move vehicles.
  • Be able to lift up to 35 lbs; and
  • Be willing to have a criminal background check for work with vulnerable sector individuals.

To Apply:

Send a pdf copy of your cover letter and resume highlighting relevant education and experience.

Job Types: Part-time, Internship / Co-op
Contract length: 3 months

Salary: $18.00-$19.00 per hour

Expected hours: 20 per week

Schedule:

  • Day shift

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2023-12-22
Expected start date: 2024-01-02