Ocean Bridge Program Coordinator, contract, Vancouver Aquarium, BC

  • 5 Dec 2017 2:11 PM
    Message # 5614278
    Jennifer Dick (Administrator)

    Requisition Number 17-0202

    Title 307 - Program Coordinator, Ocean Bridge

    Job Family Education

    Status Fixed Term Contract

    Work Hours 37.5 Hours / Week

    Location Stanley Park - Vancouver

    City Vancouver

    Province BC

    Close Date 12/15/2017



    Ocean Bridge is an innovative youth-led response to the challenge of ocean conservation in Canada. Ocean conservation is a function of ocean literacy and ocean health, the diverse young adults participating in this program will contribute by co-creating service projects in urban and wilderness settings as active civic participation. Ocean Bridge will form a national, diverse team that makes a difference in terms of both directly improving ocean health in National Marine Conservation Areas and engaging and empowering their peers from coast to coast to coast.


    Reporting to the Ocean Bridge Manager, the Ocean Bridge Coordinator is responsible for supporting delivery of an innovative and engaging national youth service initiative focused on community & capacity building, ocean health, and ocean literacy. This project empowers youth across Canada to make a difference in ocean conservation through individually focused mentorship, weekly community service, and two immersive service experiences. This position provides mentorship to youth participants through weekly video calls and supports planning of weekly community service and four extended service projects.

    This is a two year, full-time fixed-term contract position based in Vancouver, BC.

    Candidates who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check.


    Supports delivery of Ocean Bridge program and youth service initiatives by:

    Delivering the multilingual Ocean Bridge program to 40 youth participants;

    Supporting the recruitment of youth and young adults to participate in the program, while ensuring that participants represent the socio-economic diversity of Canada;

    Liaising regularly with various internal departments at Ocean Wise, Education department at Canadian Museum of Nature and other external partners;

    Delivering programs for youth audiences (age 15 to 30) and ensuring all procedures and protocols for safety and quality of programming are achieved;

    Acting as a member of the education team and actively participating in team activities, projects, and programs when possible;

    Acting as a key member of the delivery team and working directly with participants;

    Maintaining a good working knowledge of marine conservation efforts and issues.

    Provides mentorship to youth participants by:

    Facilitating weekly group and one-to-one video conference sessions for 40 youth each year;

    Supporting youth in identifying and leading their weekly local community service projects;

    Providing mentorship to youth participants both individually and as a national team;

    Supervising and contributing to an online platform for youth participants;

    Connecting youth to community partners.

    Supports delivery of Ocean Bridge extended service projects by:

    Assisting with the organization of logistics for four extended service components;

    Guiding youth participants as a national team in planning Ocean health and Ocean literacy service projects for the extended service placements;

    Ensuring participants are prepared for full participation in the four extended service projects.

    Consciously desires to improve Ocean Wise and its processes by:

    Promptly aiding in Emergency protocol;

    Maintains and supports organizational safety standards;

    Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;

    Actively demonstrating the organizations values and code of conduct;

    Performing additional duties as required.



    Education and Experience

    Bachelor’s degree in Education, Science, Conservation or related field required;

    Minimum of 2 years of work experience in youth engagement or related field;

    Experience working with youth from diverse socio-economic backgrounds;

    Teaching experience with youth required; emphasis on conservation education, experiential leaning and marine/freshwater biology;

    Standard First Aid certification an asset (may receive after employment);


    Must be bilingual (French and English), additional languages an asset;

    Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in both formal and informal education;

    Respectful and youth-centred student management skills;

    Familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Office products, Online Learning Environments, Cisco WebEx;

    Superior written and oral communication skills;

    Self-motivated, enthusiastic, energetic personality;

    Ability to work under pressure in a dynamic environment;

    Ability to multitask, respond to last minute changes, and maintain a flexible attitude;

    Ability to observe and assess youth participant behavior, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques;

    Ability to work well under minimal supervision.


    Will involve evening, weekend, overnight and multiday overnight work both in and out of town;

    Will be Delivering programs and participating in meetings across time zones;

    Involves some heavy lifting; Incumbents must be able to safely lift up to 50 lbs. to chest level;

    Job requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time;

    The incumbent will work in a shared office environment with the usual ergonomic risks;

    Exposure to variable weather conditions and associated heat stress and cold stress risks.

    Last modified: 5 Dec 2017 2:13 PM | Jennifer Dick (Administrator)

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