Website Back to the Sea

Opportunity Type:

Location: Dartmouth (Punamu’kwati’jk), Nova Scotia (Mi’kma’ki)
Position Status: 6 month contract, with potential of renewal
Start date: April 2022
Hours: Full-time [35 hours per week]
Wage: $20-$22/hour
Application Deadline: March 6th , Midnight

The Back to the Sea Society is a charity dedicated to sparking curiosity for local marine life and inspiring a desire to protect our ocean. We run a variety of ocean based educational programs, including the Touch Tank Hut, a miniature marine interpretive centre located in Dartmouth (Punamu’kwati’jk). The Touch Tank Hut fits into Back to the Sea’s larger vision of opening a permanent collect-hold-and-release aquarium in Dartmouth. We are looking for an enthusiastic, curious and knowledgeable person who has a strong interest in ocean conservation to join our team and help advance our mission.

Summary of Position

Please note that, if needed, the description and responsibilities below will be adapted to follow public
health recommendations. A proof of double vaccination is required to fulfil the duties of this role.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Program Manager will be responsible for the oversight of all our educational programming, including the Touch Tank Hut and Tidal Trekkers. They will be
responsible for supervising summer staff and will work with the ED to ensure that operations are
running smoothly. They will also take part in delivering interpretive programs and animal
demonstrations to the visitors of the Touch Tank Hut while inspiring these guests to protect our ocean. The Program Manager will assist the ED with a multitude of tasks, including fundraising and event planning. The successful candidate needs to have prior experience in a supervisory or management role. Knowledge of the ocean and local intertidal species is an asset; passion for environmental conservation is a must. Completed education in sciences (biology, environmental, marine biology, oceanography), aquaculture, fisheries and oceans management, business administration or similar is preferred. Previous experience leading programs for the general public and a valid driver’s license is also required. Candidate must be comfortable handling live marine invertebrates and capable of having their hands submerged in water that contains shellfish. This position involves a combination of on-site work and working from home.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management
– Work with the ED to set up the 2022 Touch Tank Hut season. This includes fundraising, staff planning, training preparation and physically setting up the space.
– Work with the ED to ensure that all onboarding processes are up to date and assist with the
training of summer staff
– Supervise the summer staff, acting as the first point of contact
– Create staff schedules
– Manage sales, including preparing deposits
– Schedule all educational programs, including school and day camps at the Touch Tank Hut (restrictions permitting), events with external partners, and Tidal Trekker outings
– Manage risks and ensure participant safety
– Maintain a professional relationship with external organizations and act as a Back to the Sea
– Other executive assistant tasks as they arise

Interpretation and Visitor Experience
– Deliver scientific interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences at the Touch Tank Hut and
on our Tidal Trekkers trips
– Welcome visitors, provide necessary information and maintain a high level of guest satisfaction through energetic interactions
– Participate in the evaluation of group programs
– Communicate animal handling protocols to guests, for both animals in touch tanks and at the beach
– Maintain appearance of building, information panels, hand-washing station, props and materials
– Help maintain the exhibits with live specimens (includes cleaning the tanks, monitoring water
quality, etc.)
– Perform duties associated with opening and closing the Touch Tank Hut
– Help with social media posts when required. Act as the communications lead in the off-season.

– Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
– Completed education in sciences (biology, environmental science, marine biology, oceanography), aquaculture, fisheries and oceans management, business administration, human resources or similar preferred
– Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work
– Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback
– Outstanding organization and time management skills
– At least one season of interpreter/informal educator experience
– Knowledge of local intertidal and subtidal Atlantic marine life is an asset
– Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers
– Excellent interpersonal communication skills
– Creative, assertive, flexible and proactive in problem solving
– A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle (personal or a car share system)
– Spoken and written French an asset
– Standard First Aid training an asset
– Will be required to complete a Vulnerability Sector Check

Working Conditions

While we are constantly adapting to the state of the pandemic, it is most likely that this position will
require a mix of working from home and working on-site. Our team makes use of Slack, Google Drive
and Zoom to ensure an organized and positive online working environment. We abide by a “Fun yet
Professional” work culture and love to celebrate wins! The schedule varies week to week and the
candidate must be available to work some weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.

Physical Requirements

At the Touch Tank Hut, this position requires standing for extended periods, having your hands in cold salt water on a daily basis and occasionally involves the lifting of heavy water buckets. It may also require walking along coastlines that may be somewhat rugged. The Touch Tank Hut is wheelchair accessible and, should the chosen candidate have any disability that makes the standard nature of this position is not possible, we will work with them to ensure that this position is accessible to them. Candidate must be comfortable handling live marine animals and capable of having their hands submerged in water containing shellfish. A proof of double vaccination is required.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume and two references in the form of a single pdf document to
Magali Grégoire at Applications must follow these guidelines or they will not be considered.

If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact us. Qualified applicants are
welcome to send inquiries about the role to or call 902-817-2007. While we
will acknowledge the receipt of your application, only those selected for an interview will receive a
second contact.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Sunday March 6th, 2022.

Back to the Sea works in the traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq.

Back to the Sea is committed to Employment Equity. We encourage applicants from Indigenous People, Visible Minority Groups, Persons with Disabilities, people of the LGBTQ+ community and Women to occupy positions where they are underrepresented. It is the responsibility of every team member of Back to the Sea to embrace a culture that promotes diversity

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