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Employment Opportunity

Public Education Assistant

Faculty of Science & Technology
Competition Number: 13-3101
Appointment Type: Temporary Full-time
Subject to funding
Subject to CUPE Joint Job Evaluation
Start/End: As soon as possible up to March 31, 2015 -
May end early or be extended
Workload: 35 hours per week
Employment Group: Cupe 5
Position: 00743
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
  The Deep Bay Marine Field Station at Vancouver Island University facilitates research and development for marine related research and sustainable shellfish aquaculture development in BC. Research projects include academic grants, Federal, Provincial and private contracts. The Station additionally operates as a cost recovery public education science centre, retail outlet and event centre. The facility is state-of-the art, with green building technologies and controls as well as seawater supply system, wet lab research facilities and commercial kitchen.
Duties: Provide public education programs and community outreach under the direction of the Facility Coordinator. Be responsible for interpreting exhibits, seawater touch tank and aquarium displays for visitors. Teach engaging, hands-on, marine science activities in seawater and teaching labs, and lead interpretive tours of the facility, effectively engaging visitors from a range of backgrounds and ages (Kindergarten to Adult) in science activities. Support the Facility Coordinator in development and funding of K-12, vocational, First Nations and community programs.

Be a key part of the team responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a cost-recovery division. Support the Facility Coordinator in public engagement and hospitality activities including: providing customer service for the general public, visitors and industry clients; managing booking calendars, event planning, and delivery.

Assist with supervising volunteers, scheduling and managing bookings. Assist Station staff in preparation and delivery of activities such as the setup of facilities for meetings, school programs, conferences, or special events. Work with management team on advertising and Field Station publicity activities.

Conduct and maintain the efficient operation of the retail sales area, report sales, handle cash, track inventory, and provide the day-to-day operations of the Station's retail area.

Note: All employees and management staff of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station need to be able to provide maintenance (feeding, water quality checks etc.) for live animal-stock of past or on-going research activities. Only activities that are considered Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), with documented instructions, will apply. Any extraordinary activities outside of the SOP will only be performed at the direction of the primary researcher or senior management of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station should neither be on site or available.
Required Qualifications: Diploma in a related field from an appropriately accredited institution. One to three years relevant experience, including background in marine science and interpretation. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Demonstrated skills in MS office. Excellent customer service skills, public speaking experience. Sales and retail capability.

Serving It Right and FoodSafe certification (or be willing to obtain upon offer of employment).
Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).

Valid OFA Level 1 Certificate required (or obtain as per CUPE Letter of Agreement #3).

Preferred Qualifications: B.Sc or equivalent from an appropriately accredited institution. Experience in the delivery of public education programs. Experience in photography, multimedia, graphics. Experience with proposal writing, curriculum development and/or K-12 education.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: August 27, 2013 - September 11, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.