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Ocean Gallery Facilitator (Co-op Position)

Department:  Discovery Centre Science Education
Supervisor:  Manager, Science Experience and Innovation
Position Category:  Full Time Summer Contract
Starting Salary:  $15.00/Hour
Start Date: May 27,2019
Working Hours:  35 hours per week
Application closing date: March 22, 2019

Position Summary:
The main objective of the job is to create exciting, stimulating, hands-on/minds-on science education experiences for visitors in the ocean gallery. The Ocean Gallery Facilitator will assist in maintaining the life support systems of aquaria. They tend to the flora and fauna and ensures that all species are fed and receive everything they need to live and thrive in their environment. The faciliator will engage the public in every possible faucet of their work, explaining the reason and importance of what they are doing, how conditions affect plant or animal life, and encourage the public to take an active role in protecting habitats.

Description of Tasks:
The Ocean Gallery Facilitator works in the Science Education department under the supervision of the Coordinator, Ocean Gallery.
The primary tasks are:

  1. maintain the life support systems of aquaria
  2. facilitate the visitor’s experience within the gallery
  3. create an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment around the topic of oceans
  4. maintain a safe and clean working environment
  5. work within a team oriented environment, collaborate on new initiatives, and develop oceans related demonstrations and programs
  6. research, develop and deliver a week long summer camp program


Education must be in Marine Biology, Aquaculture or related field. Depth of knowledge in marine and freshwater species of flora and fauna and their associated ecosystems. Experience in science communication, experience in a front-line setting dealing with the public is recommended; strong interpersonal skills; must be comfortable engaging strangers and representing the organization’s values. Must have technical knowledge of large and small aquariums, both salt and fresh water, their operations, life support systems, maintenance and recommended repairs when needed. Discovery Centre is an equal opportunity employer.


Please email resume or Fax to (902)492-3170. Please name electronic documents with your name included (eg. jane_doe_resume.doc). Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for the Nova Scotia Co-op Program. All applicants are thanked for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Phone interviews will be made available.


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