Health Science Facilitator

Department: Science Education
Supervisor: Director of Science Education
Position Category: Full time co-op
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week; 16 weeks
Start Date: September 11, 2023
Application Deadline: August 31, 2023


Position Summary:

For over 35 years, the Discovery Centre has developed a reputation for being Nova Scotia’s leader in the delivery of exciting hands-on, minds-on science programming for youth.

The Health Science Facilitator’s role is to plan, develop, implement, and deliver engaging hands-on activities and presentations on the science of public health and communicable disease prevention in the Discovery Centre, online, and in communities across Nova Scotia.

The student will benefit from the opportunity of working in a challenging and dynamic science-themed program 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 the public and children.

Description of Tasks:

The Health Science Facilitator works in the Science Education department and reports to the Director of Science Education. The primary tasks of the position are:

  • Planning, developing, and delivering hands-on activities and presentations for the public and virtual audiences
  • Coordinating and purchasing supplies and materials for programs
  • Liaising with community organizations to coordinate activities
  • Assisting, as needed, with promotional activities


Education: Post-secondary studies in a medical science discipline, biology, or other related discipline

Experience: Experience in health promotion or science communication an asset

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required; additional languages (especially French) considered an asset


  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Strong customer service
  • Able to work under minimal supervision
  • Highly organized
  • Works well as part of a team
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Good time management
  • Responsible

Other Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license (vehicle and insurance will be provided by the Discovery Centre)

Eligibility: Applicants must be current students returning to post-secondary studies in Winter 2023 and must qualify for the Student Work Placement Program in order to be considered.

Measurable Outcomes:

The Health Science Facilitator will:

  • Engage the public in activities and presentations on the science of public health and communicable disease
  • Manage funds and ensure all supplies and materials are purchased while keeping below budget
  • Prepare summary reports on activities and a final report
  • Build relationships with community organizations across Nova Scotia

This position is an excellent opportunity for any student that is continuing in a medical science discipline or biology, or who is interested in a career in health promotion or science communication.


Applications are to be emailed to .  Applicants are to submit their resume, cover letter, and references. Please note the position that you are applying for in the subject line of your email application. All applications will be reviewed but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. All applicants are thanked in advance for their interest. Please note: this position is dependent upon receipt of funding.

Discovery Centre is committed to leveraging our facility, people, and programming to create inclusive spaces that ignite a passion for science and discovery. We are also committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility practices within our workplace, public engagement spaces, and programming. Our Centre’s Board of Directors, management, and staff believe diverse participation and representation are essential and that our networks thrive when we create an inclusive and equitable culture where all people can see themselves reflected, feel respected, and have their contributions valued.

Discovery Centre promotes equal employment opportunities for all job applicants, and we encourage applications from candidates who self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group, including Indigenous people (especially Mi’kmaq), people of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), members of other racialized groups, women, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please contact to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

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