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Summary of Position

The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be the Back to the Sea Society, reporting to the Executive Director. The intern’s main responsibility will depend on whether the Touch Tank Hut can open for the season given the current situation. Should we open our doors to the public, you will be mainly responsible for delivering interpretive programs and animal demonstrations to the visitors of the Touch Tank Hut while inspiring these guests to protect our ocean. Your tasks will include maintaining the exhibits and providing quality care for all our animals. You will also be responsible for the recruitment, training and supervision of the volunteers, ensuring that they are provided with a fun and rewarding experience. Should the Touch Tank Hut not open, you will remain responsible for the volunteers and also complete a variety of executive assistant tasks, including helping with online communications and fundraising. The successful candidate needs to have knowledge of local intertidal and subtidal species and post-secondary education in sciences (biology, environmental, marine biology, oceanography), aquaculture, fisheries and oceans management, veterinary or related education. Previous experience leading programs for children and a valid driver’s license is also required. Candidate must be comfortable handling live marine invertebrates, including shellfish.

Community Partner
The Back to the Sea Society is a non-profit dedicated to sparking curiosity for local marine life and inspiring a desire to protect our ocean. They run the Touch Tank Hut, a miniature marine interpretive centre that features two large touch tanks filled with intertidal species. The Touch Tank Hut is located on the Dartmouth Waterfront at 2 Ochterloney Street. It is adjacent to Alderney Landing and the ferry terminal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Touch Tank Hut Responsibilities:

  • Deliver scientific interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences at the Touch Tank Hut, including the general public, youth groups and persons with disabilities
  • Welcome visitors, provide necessary information and maintain a high level of guest satisfaction through energetic interactions
  • Participate in the evaluation of group programs
  • Perform squid dissection demos
  • Communicate animal handling protocols to guests
  • Maintain appearance of building, information panels, hand-washing station, props and materials
  • Perform duties associated with opening and closing the Touch Tank Hut on a daily basis (including balancing donations and retail cash)
  • Assist with gift shop sales
  • Assist with providing high quality animal care
  • Help maintain exhibits with live specimens (includes cleaning the tanks, monitoring water quality, feeding animals, etc.)

Volunteer Coordination:
• Recruit qualified and professional volunteers to help with interpretation and aquaristing in the Touch Tank Hut
• Provide an orientation and training to volunteers, in collaboration with the Executive Director (in person or remotely as necessary)
• Establishing a volunteer schedule and maintain it throughout the summer
• Ensure volunteers know their rights and responsibilities
• Ensure staff know their roles with respect to volunteer supervision and support
• Help orchestrate a volunteer event to recognize and appreciate their efforts
• Manage risks and ensure participant safety
Note: if the Touch Tank Hut does not open, volunteers will still be utilized for online content creation and fundraising initiatives

Other Responsibilities
 Create online content for the website and social media accounts
 Assist ED with fundraising efforts
 Other executive assistant responsibilities as they arise


Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada;
Must be between the ages of 15 and 30;
Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2020;
Is not a member of immediate family of community partner;
Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset;
Minimum one year of education in sciences (biology, environmental science, marine biology, oceanography), aquaculture, fisheries and oceans management, veterinary or similar preferred;
At least one season of interpreter/informal educator experience;
Basic knowledge of local intertidal and subtidal marine life, advanced knowledge an asset;
Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
Creative, assertive, flexible and proactive in problem solving;
Valid driver’s licence;
Spoken French an asset;
Standard First Aid training an asset;

Working Conditions
This position requires standing for extended periods. Candidate must be comfortable handling live marine animals (including shellfish) and performing dissections on squid specimens. This position also involves having your hands in cold salt water on a daily basis. Must be available to work weekends.
Depending how the COVID-19 situation progresses and should the Touch Tank Hut not open, the intern will likely be required to work from home for at least a portion of the placement.

Physical Requirements
This position occasionally involves the lifting of heavy water buckets, manipulating a large handwashing station, and dealing with heavy hoses.

All applications will be assessed equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous.

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