Full Time Staff Scientist

Department: Science Education
Supervisor: Coordinator, Science Experience and Volunteers
Position Category: Full Time
Starting Salary: $30,160 Per Annum
Working Hours: 35 hours per week
(Note: The position is subject to the terms and conditions of a collective agreement between Unifor and Discovery Centre)
Start Date: as soon as possible

MISSION: To bring STEAM to life through fun, interactive learning experiences.

Position Summary

The Full-Time Staff Scientist is a senior member of the Science Experience team responsible for leading the delivery of an exceptional experience for all Discovery Centre visitors. The primary role is focused on encouraging visitor interaction with the centre’s exhibits and facilitating demonstrations and hands-on programs. The Staff Scientist has additional responsibility for keeping the visitor experience fresh; developing and implementing new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs for public visitors, birthday party guests, organized groups and day camps. The full-time Staff Scientist is also involved in training and developing part-time staff and volunteers.

Summary of Responsibilities

Create a safe, welcoming environment for all visitors

  • Provide a warm welcome to visitors, including delivering a formal orientation to groups
  • Assist in providing safety for centre visitors: monitor visitor activities and calmly follow protocol in response to an incident
  • Provide leadership in the emergency evacuation of visitors
  • Follow all safety guidelines as they relate to exhibits and programs
  • Assist with the creation of safety guidelines and risk assessments for new programs

Facilitate STEAM experiences for all visitors

  • Be knowledgeable about Discovery Centre exhibits, programs and dome theatre shows; be comfortable sharing that information to visitors
  • Engage and interact with visitors in the exhibit galleries
  • Deliver STEAM themed programming/Science on the Spot live demonstrations and hands-on activities
  • Host Discovery Centre birthday party programs; setting up the party room, greeting guests and delivering interactive demonstrations
  • Facilitate evening programming as needed; for Scouting and Guiding groups, Cadets, Corporate events and adults
  • Deliver the centre’s corporate team building program – Corporate Recess
  • Clean exhibits and demonstration equipment daily

Continually refresh the visitor experience

  • Develop new demonstrations and hands-on activities relevant to the centre’s gallery themes
  • Develop birthday party and organized group programs as required
  • Keeps up to date in fields relevant to exhibit galleries
  • Create programming for PD day, Winter and March Break camps

Contribute to the successful operation of Discovery Centre

  • Create daily team schedules and host morning/de-brief meetings
  • Mentor Science Facilitators and volunteers
  • Participate actively in training programs, staff meetings and other learning opportunities
  • Regularly check Discovery Centre email and DAYFORCE workforce management site to meet scheduling requirements.
  • Participate in the centre’s OH&S program
  • Daily reporting of visitor interactions

Other Duties:

The full-time Staff Scientist will sometimes be required to work beyond core business hours and holidays and is required to be flexible in fulfilling required shifts. This may include delivering camp or evening programs, training would be provided. Other duties as assigned by the Coordinator, Science Experience and Volunteers.


  • Either completion of a university degree in a STEAM subject, Education, Communication or other relevant field, and/or a minimum of 2 years relevant experience. Relevant experience would include working positions related to interpretation, education, or recreational programming, especially those within science centres or museums
  • Exceptional communication skills – specifically in public speaking and/or performing and writing
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Experienced writing interactive programs for a range of audiences
  • Experienced working in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to approach problems with a creative and flexible outlook
  • Demonstrated aptitude for safe practices
  • A clean criminal record check and child abuse registry check are mandatory
  • Must hold or be working towards a certificate in First Aid with CPR C
  • A clean driving license is considered an asset


Application deadline is October 28, 2019. Submit your application to the attention of Linda Laurence, Director, Human Resources, 1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax NS B3J 3S8. Please email resume or Fax to (902)492-3170. Please name electronic documents with your name included (eg. jane_doe_resume.doc). All applicants are thanked for their interest. Only applicants chosen for interview will be contacted.

Discovery Centre promotes equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and embraces diversity. The Centre is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its work environment, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are considered for employment with the Centre.

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