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Employment Opportunity

Public Education Lead

Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Competition Number: 17-3150
Appointment Type: Temporary Part-time
Start/End: February 01, 2018 up to January 31, 2019
  Leave Replacement: Appointment may be extended or end early, dependent on return of incumbent.
Workload: 35 hours/week for 6 mos. per year and 17.5 hours/week for 6 mos. per year
Evening/weekend/holiday availability required

Additional hours, if required, to be submitted on timesheet
Employment Group: Cupe 8
Position: 00743
Location: Deep Bay
Duties: The position responsibilities include:
Program Development (20%) The Public Education Coordinator will support the Facility Coordinator in development and funding of K-12, Vocational, First Nations and Community programs.
Specific Duties:
  • Program and funding research, development and write proposals to secure funding.

  • Develop adult and curriculum based programs targeting learning objectives for K-12 students, with adaptation of curriculum as required.

  • Assist with external partner (NGO's, Schools, VIU etc.) in developing funding partnerships.

  • Direct Public Education: (50%) - The Public Ed Assistant will provide public education programs and community outreach under the direction of the Facility Coordinator. This position will be responsible for interpreting exhibits, seawater touch tank and aquarium displays to visitors. As well as, teach engaging, hands-on, marine science activities in seawater and teaching labs, and leading interpretive tours of the facility, effectively engaging visitors from a range of backgrounds and ages (grades K-Adult) in science activities.
    Specific Duties:
  • Facilitate, and deliver K-12 program including supervision of day and overnight programs.

  • Provide public and school tours of facility, aquaria, touch tanks and site.

  • Lead demonstrations and interpretive activities; maintain supplies and equipment for program activities.

  • Provide information on station activities and events; maintain social media sites, promotional materials and displays.

  • Creation of interpretative materials, signage and multimedia.

  • Assist with collection, care and maintenance of Display Aquaria and touch tanks.

  • Assist with off-site activities when required.

  • Assist with Volunteer supervision, scheduling and managing booking Events.

  • Facilitation (20%)
    Assist the Station staff in preparation and delivery of activities such as the setup of facilities for meetings, school programs, indoors and outdoors, conferences, or special events. Work with management team on advertising and Field Station publicity activities.
    Specific Duties:
  • Set-up and take-down for wide range of events and activities.

  • Catering set-up/take down, parking management, clean-up.

  • Welcome visitors, take tickets and provide visitor information.

  • Assist with food preparation and sales when required.

  • Provide VIU oversight of facility rentals when required.

  • Retail Sales (10%): The Public Ed Assistant will conduct and maintain the efficient operation of retail sales area, sales reporting, cash handling and inventory tracking and the day-to-day operations of the Station's retail area.
    Specific Duties:
  • Operate cash register.

  • Maintain inventory and inventory records.

  • General retail maintenance.

  • Prepare sales reports.

  • 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:
  • B.Sc in Marine Biology or equivalent from an accredited institution. Background in marine science and interpretation, with one to three years relevant experience.

  • Experience with proposal writing, curriculum development and/or K-12 Education.

  • Experience in the delivery of public education and K-12 programs.
  • Understanding of BC curricula requirements.

  • Experience maintaining Social media sites.

  • Experience working with Multimedia, Photography, Multimedia, Graphics.

  • Experience organizing and facilitating events.

  • Experience developing presentations and good public speaking skills.

  • Group management techniques.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Sales and retail experience.

  • Highly organized.

  • Senior-level proficiency in word processing, MS Office and Excel programs, and the capacity to learn new software program.

  • Criminal Records Review Program Clearance.

  • 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).

  • Must be certified for Occupational First Aid Level 1.

    Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record.

    Valid OFA Level 1 Certificate required (or obtain as per CUPE Article 23.03 c).

    Preferred Qualifications: Teachers diploma, degree or equivalent experience.
    Experience with Marine Ecology, Shellfish Aquaculture, Water Quality and Coastal Sustainability Issues.
    Serving it Right Certification, Food Safe.
    Please Submit: CV/Resume
    Cover Letter
    Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

    Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
    Posting Period: December 22, 2017 - January 10, 2018
    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.