Website Ocean Wise

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Taking action for the ocean today, so we can all flourish tomorrow.

Ocean Wise is the world-class ocean change maker for concerned collaborators; big and small who want practical solutions with real impact so that they feel empowered and take action to protect oceans, humanity, and the world we live in.


The YouthToSea Program Specialist is responsible for facilitating the delivery of effective educational youth programs to build the next generation of ocean advocates, providing ocean service experience opportunities, developing core job skills, and inspiring participants to take action for ocean conservation. The position works directly with youth (ages 15 to 18) by facilitating group coaching sessions, co-leading experiential education activities, and hosting skill-building workshops. The YouthToSea Program Specialist assists coordination of YouthToSea activities including arranging logistics, liaising with vendors and community partners, and implementing risk management and emergency plans. Additionally, they facilitate youths’ participation in the online learning environment and guide youths through planning and implementing ocean service projects.

This is a full-time contract position based in Vancouver, BC with an end date of October 29, 2022. Strong possibility for extension dependent on funding. Candidates who are considered for employment will be subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.


Contributing to program delivery for 80 youth participants (ages 15 to 18) during their 6-month YouthToSea service placement.
Role modeling positive safety culture by adhering to and enforcing the organization’s health & safety policies, risk management plans, and code of conduct;
Assisting with the design, development, evaluation, coordination and delivery of experiential education activities, service opportunities and outreach events;
Coordinating monthly youth meetings, mentorship calls, and online-learning activities;
Liaising with service providers, vendors and external partners;
Identifying and coordinating collaboration opportunities between the YouthToSea and Ocean Bridge programs;
Collaborating with communications team to identify opportunities to feature youths’ achievements and ensure youths initiatives follow Ocean Wise brand guidelines;
Acting as a link between program participants and the other Ocean Wise departments including the other Conservation Initiatives, and Business and Support services;

Providing youth ambassadors individualized coaching to set and achieve personal and professional skill development goals and ocean service goals;
Guiding youths as individuals or in teams through the ideation, planning and delivery of ocean service projects ensuring alignment with the organization’s values, mission, and conservation initiatives.
Facilitating group coaching sessions, and individualized coaching calls, and continual support as needed;
Guiding youths in meaningful reflection activities to support their learning;
Applying evalution tools to measure and assess youths’ progress towards their goals and the programs learning outcomes and objecitives;
Supporting the health and wellness of participants, being mindful of individual needs and arranging accommodations as necessary;
Ensuring youth ambassadors achieve and log 120 personal service hours during program.

Consciously desires to improve Ocean Wise and its processes by:
Participating as an active member of the Youth Initiative and Conservation Department including attending meetings, contributing to projects, and supporting programs when possible;
Promptly follows emergency protocols;
Maintains and supports organizational safety standards;
Continually improves Ocean Wise’s impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;
Actively demonstrates Ocean Wise’s values and code of conduct;
Abides by all organizational policies and procedures;
Performs additional duties as required.


Education and Experience
Minimum of 2 years work experience in youth engagement, experiential education, volunteer management or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Experience teaching, supervising or mentoring youths aged 12 to 18 required; emphasis on experience working with youths from diverse socio-economic backgrounds;
Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certification required (may receive after employment);
Experience in problem solving and resolving interpersonal issues;
Knowledge of experiential and environmental education best practices, social justice concepts, and ocean conservation issues and solutions;
Experience leading overnight education programs or residential summer camp programs an asset.

Technical Competencies
Strong coaching, facilitation and group management skills and experience working with groups of all sizes;
Proficiency with online learning tools and Microsoft Office products;
Respectful and youth-centered student management skills;
Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative, working well under minimal supervision;
Ability to observe and assess youth participant behavior, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques;
Must be creative, flexible, and enthusiastic.


Will involve evening, weekend, overnight and multiday overnight work both in and out of town;
Involves physical activities including but not limited to kayaking, canoeing, hiking, ropes courses and shoreline cleanups;
Job requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time;
Exposure to variable weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, wind, snow;
Responsible for self, staff, and youth participant health and safety;
Job requires the ability to safely carry loads up to 25 kgs at a time.

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