Science Education and Public Outreach Coordinator

Seeking: Science Education and Public Outreach Coordinator (20 hours per week) from October, 2019 to June 30, 2020

We’re looking for a person to develop and provide educational programming and public outreach at the Centre of the Universe and the Plaskett Dome of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.

This is an entry-level job for someone with a passion for public science outreach. FDAO is actively seeking the support to make these positions full-time and permanent.

The duties include developing and facilitating educational programming for school-aged children and youth, providing information to individuals and groups about the science and engineering conducted at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, organizing special learning events targeting groups underrepresented in the sciences (girls and those with disabilities and from Indigenous groups), developing and giving public and private tours including tours directed at children and youth, and community groups. 

The individual in this position will work in partnership with the existing FDAO education coordinator. They will also work with a small, volunteer board of directors to assist with coordination of activities at the Centre of the Universe, support partnerships with other organizations, and support efforts to raise awareness of astronomy and science education for children, youth, the general public and populations poorly represented in the sciences.

FDAO has strong partnerships with the National Research Council, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Victoria Centre, and Science Venture.  We are seeking a self-starter with a working knowledge of astronomy, experience running educational events, strong organizational and communication skills and enjoys working with people.

Qualifications:

Experience educating children and youth and public audiences about science and astronomy and coordinating activities and events.

Undergraduate or graduate work in astronomy, physics or related studies.

Starting Date:  We are seeking an individual to begin as soon as possible and continue through the school year, 2019-2020.  The position will be 20 hours per week: Tuesdays to Fridays, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm with an additional 4 hours per week negotiated by the successful recipient. The position may include some additional evening hours for public tours.

Rate of Pay:  $ 17.50 per hour

 

Job Skills and Abilities:

  • A commitment to and interest in the field of astronomy and public education.

  • A willingness to learn about and share the history of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.

  • Ability to plan and coordinate science education school programs, and other public outreach events, workshops, and tours.

  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) and an ability to work with partners.

  • Good multimedia and IT skills for production and presentation of programs and in using Social Media for outreach.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other employees and a team of volunteers.

  • Ability to self-manage the timely execution of responsibilities.

  • Ability to research and develop astronomy presentations, with a focus on underserved populations (girls, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities).

  • Willingness to think creatively at an organizational level as well as do what’s needed to make things work.

  • Candidates with experience in astronomy-related technology and tools are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates with knowledge of the BC Ministry of Education’s science curriculum. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and delivers astronomy and science presentations and activities for school aged children and youth

  • Provides astronomy and science information at the Centre of the Universe to members of the public, youth, community groups and others with scheduled tours

  • Seeks ways to create and provide inclusive astronomy education for children, youth and the public with regard to culture and disability.

  • Acts as a public face of FDAO and the Centre of the Universe, providing visitors an informative and enjoyable experience.

  • Seeks out potential astronomy and science resources (curricula, exhibits, multimedia, etc) to increase and improve astronomy and science education activities at the Centre of the Universe.

  • Works with volunteers to improve technology-based astronomy education at the Centre of the Universe.

 

Requirements:

1.                   Ability to pass a criminal record check

2.                   Signed agreement

3.                   Approved reference check.

4.                   Ability to obtain a First Aid Certificate

We will pay for background checks and first aid training for a successful applicant who has not previously obtained these items.

 

Applying:

If you are interested in this position please send your cover letter and resume to Catriona at cjohnson@centreoftheuniverse.org as soon as possible. Please write “Science Education and Public Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.  Applications will only be accepted by e-mail.  The position will be filled upon finding a suitable applicant and only those being interviewed will be contacted.