Senior Recreational Programs Assistant, contract, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON

  • 5 Dec 2017 1:54 PM
    Message # 5614252
    Jennifer Dick (Administrator)

    Organization: Ontario Science Centre

    Division: Recreational and Family Learning Experiences

    City: Toronto

    Job Term: 1 Temporary (up to 12 months)

    Job Code: 02920 - Museum Assistant (Trainee)

    Salary: $19.16 - $22.29 Per Hour*

    *Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

    Understanding the job ad - definitionsPosting Status: Open

    Job ID: 115949

    The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding through engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for science centres around the world. It is a venue for public dialogue about science and society, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet.

    The Opportunity:

    The Ontario Science Centre Recreational Programs Department offers science-based programs for youth 4-14 years and at times, their accompanying adult chaperones. On an annual basis the Ontario Science Centre Recreation Program department operates weekend birthday parties, sleepovers, day camps, week-long camps, and also provides program and customer service support for internal departments.

    Please note that these positions are irregular/on-call with no guarantee of hours, and may include evening, overnight, weekend and Statutory holiday work. Peak program times vary throughout the year and some RPAs will be asked to commit to working full-time hours during our 12-13 week Summer Camp program.

    *The number of positions to be filled has not been determined at this time.

    What can I expect to do in this role?

    Senior Recreational Programs Assistants (RPA) are contracted annually to deliver a variety of science-based Recreational Programs. As a Senior RPA you will:

    Work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and where you will need to readily adapt to change.

    Work independently and as part of a team to deliver science and recreational activities and demonstrations in a safe, organized and engaging manner.

    Greet, guide, and supervise program participants of various group sizes, and respond to participant needs in order to ensure customer satisfaction and an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

    Be responsible for setting up, maintaining, and cleaning up program delivery spaces and supplies inventory areas by moving boxes, supplies and other large items (up to 20 lbs) related to recreational programs to and from the required areas for set-up/take down.

    Provide support to the coordination of recreational programs as assigned by the Recreational Program Leaders and/or the Manager.

    Attend and participate in meetings and training sessions and follow the OSC recreational programs policies, principles and procedures at all times.

    Participate in camp and other recreational program activities that include extended periods of sitting, walking, kneeling, crouching, squatting, reaching and/or standing.

    How do I qualify?


    • All candidates must be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C prior to the start of employment and maintain certification throughout employment
    • Top candidates will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screening check for this position.
    • Must be available for up to 10 weekend (Saturday or Sunday) Birthday Party shifts per quarter year

    Leadership and Organizational Skills

    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision, or as part of a team
    • Organization, time management and prioritization skills and the ability to switch quickly between conflicting priorities
    • Ability to follow multi-faceted instructions
    • Demonstrated dependability, reliability, initiative and flexibility
    • Strong creative problem solving skills
    • Ability to mentor and support less experienced staff and program volunteers

    Technical Skills and Knowledge

    • Experience in teaching, presenting recreational or scientific programs, or other engagement roles in a recreation/camp and/or education setting
    • Demonstrated experience leading and supervising diverse groups of children including different age groups, learning abilities/styles, and/or special needs
    • Ability to deliver programs and use adaptability techniques to strategically support the integration of program participants with physical and/or developmental disabilities
    • Ability to learn, understand and follow procedures, daily operations and program practices

    Communication Skills

    • Knowledge of and experience in presentation principles and techniques to deliver creative, enthusiastic, engaging, exciting, dramatic and interactive presentations, demonstrations and activities
    • Ability to deliver engaging programs and presentations and use adaptability techniques to strategically support the integration of program participants with physical and/or developmental disabilities
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills

    Customer Service Skills

    • Proven commitment to customer service and visitor care
    • Ability to be enthusiastic and engaging with visitors of all ages
    • Ability to interact with caregivers and visitors in a professional, responsible and respectful manner as a representative of the Ontario Science Centre

    Additional Information:


    1 Temporary - Irregular On-Call, duration up to 12 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region, Enhanced - Vulnerable Services Sector Screening Requirement

    Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union

    Understanding the job ad - definitionsSchedule: 3-A

    Category: Customer and Client Services

    Posted on: Friday, December 1, 2017


    In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

    How to apply:

    You must apply online.

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    Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.

    All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

    Remember: The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 17, 2017 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

    We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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