Science Camp Leader

Employment Dates: May 28 to Aug 31, 2018
Wage: 14$/hour, 40 hours per week
Closing date: April 23, 2018

All applicants are thanked in advance for their interest. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. A full commitment to the employment dates is required. Other than regular weekends additional time off during the summer will not be granted.

Position Objective:

The main objective of the position is the development and delivery of STEAM activities for campers ages 6-12. The position will give the student experience through working in a team setting, training staff, managing a budget, coordinating and delivering educational and recreational programs, building relationships with local community organizations, developing leadership skills and supervising youth.
The student will benefit from the opportunity of working in a challenging and dynamic science-themed day camp setting, providing significant opportunity to improve upon their communication skills, organizational skills, budgeting skills, knowledge of science, knowledge of educational practices, and ability to work with children.
Discovery Centre’s mandate is advanced through the presentation of high-quality educational experiences for children. The quality of these camps is directly related to the skills and energy of the summer student employed in this program.

Qualifications:
Include studies in science, education, recreation, or a related discipline at a college or university level, experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting, museum or camp, experience in planning children’s activities, and experience with staff supervision. Fluency in English is essential. Applicants must currently be students and be returning to full-time studies in September. Applicants must qualify and register for the Young Canada Works Program.

Description of Tasks:
The Science Camp Leader works in the Science Education Department and is directly responsible to the Manager of Science Education and Programming, and will from time to time work in conjunction with other Discovery Centre departments. The primary tasks of the position are:

1) plan and coordinate all activities in the nine-week program
2) develop and lead the delivery of science camp workshops, activities and field trips
3) train and work collaboratively with the Counsellors in preparing and presenting workshops and activities
4) manage a weekly / comprehensive budget for program activities
5) coordinate/purchase supplies and materials for the program
6) supervise Camp Counsellors, Junior Leaders and volunteers during each camp week
7) prepare summary reports on each camp week and a final report on the program
8) liaise with parents or guardians to ensure campers needs are met
9) assist, as needed, with Camp promotional activities

Workplan

Weeks one and two– Training and orientation, preparation of program in cooperation with Discovery Centre science education staff team
Week one to fourteen – Financial management of camp resources, regular reporting to the Manager of Science Education and programming.
Weeks three and four – Training counsellors, field trip orientation and visits, finalizing program, purchasing supplies
Weeks five to fourteen – Implementation of science camp program. During the camp weeks, the Leader will be present and available at all times to the Counsellors and campers. Each day the Leader will oversee the workshops, prepare workshops for the following day, coordinate daily field trips, and participate in field trips. Any discipline problems will first be addressed by the Leader, then, if required, by the Manager of Science Education and Programming. This experience will further their communication skills, organizational skills and team leadership skills.
Week fourteen – final week of camp activities, final report prepared and submitted.

 

Orientation and Training:
The Leader will begin working two weeks prior to the Camp Counsellors. The Leader’s orientation will include a complete briefing on the Discovery Centre and its daily functions, short and long-range plans, and its place in the science and museum community. In addition, a briefing on the camps, including how they are run, the budget, and the pedagogic structure, will be provided. Each workshop, field trip, and field activity will be addressed in detail and planned in close cooperation with the Centre’s education team. Orientation will also include Occupational Health and Safety training, and First Aid training.
When possible, the Leader will be required to participate in general staff meetings and the Science Education department meetings. They will be encouraged to be as familiar with our Centre and its modes of operation as possible. He/she will be able to learn both how a non-profit organization is run, as well as how a science centre is run.

 

Application:
Applications are to emailed to . Applicants are to submit their resume, cover letter and references. All applications will be reviewed but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.   All applicants must register with the Young Canada Works program.

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