The purpose of Calgary’s Science Centre (Spark) is unwavering. Spark exists to make lives — and the world — better through an affinity for science. Through visits to Spark, and encounters with Spark in the community, people are lifted up by the positive power of curiosity, experimentation and creativity.
Spark is a registered charity.
The outcome is profound. Spark helps people of all age’s fuel up for the future because at Spark, science, technology and invention is embedded in cultural experiences. This creates new points of access to the disciplines at the core of innovation. Join the Spark team to transform lives and inspire the future.
Spark is currently recruiting for full-time temporary Science Guides who will lead 2021 summer camps at Spark.
**These are temporary contract positions for 9 weeks of summer + 1-2 training weeks. Summer camps run July and August and training starts June 21st. Candidates must be available for at least 90% of the summer.
The Science Guide (Summer Camps) will supervise and facilitate groups of youth at week-long day camps, ensuring that Campers have a safe and fun experience exploring TELUS Spark. You will guide and keep our Campers safe as they explore our exhibits, take in Dome Theatre and Live Science Experiment shows. You will lead inquiry and skill-based activities and programs and be responsible for care and safe use of activity materials and spaces. The Science Guide (Summer Camps) reports directly to the Camp
Working in teams, supervise and maintain a safe and respectful camp atmosphere for a group of
8-10 Campers between the ages of 5 and 14 as they explore TELUS Spark spaces
Work together with other staff and volunteers to set-up, deliver and manage materials for hands-on, themed, STEM activities
Provide excellent customer service for camp parents while safely signing Campers in and out and providing updates on their Camper’s progress and behaviour
Lead games and/or songs to help Campers get to know one another and have a fun-filled week at camp
Develop positive classroom relationships and maintain high quality of programming with inclusive classroom management
Be vigilant in applying COVID-19 protocols to reduce the risk of transmission
Ensure personal activities are aligned with business and strategic goals of Spark as a whole.
Model high performance, flexibility and kindness in a rapidly changing growth environment.
Recommend, implement and manage Spark-wide initiatives and policies that have an influence on, and enable Spark, to become one of the top 10 science centres in the world.
Other duties as required and assigned.
Qualifications & Knowledge
An interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), facilitation, design, and inquiry
At least one year experience leading and working with groups of children in a camp or classroom setting
Highly empathetic and a demonstrated passion for inclusion and accommodation of different learning styles
Skills in public speaking, customer service, delivering and developing educational programs is an asset
Interest or experience in the following subjects would be considered an asset due to alignment with camp programming:
o Introductory coding and robotics
o Simple woodworking and construction
o Gardening and plants
o Zoology and animals including dinosaurs
o Rockets and space
First Aid certified or willing to acquire certification before starting
Successful candidates must successfully complete a criminal record check
The successful candidate may be required to work occasional evenings and weekends
A proven track record of adding value to an organization’s culture and initiatives.
A positive attitude!
Desire to work on a high performing team with a continuous upgrading culture to achieve high impact results. Fluidity and a desire to work hard and grow are essential.
A high degree of creativity with the ability to leave your ego at the door.
Willingness to learn and adapt to change.
Culture at Spark
Spark’s goal is to become one of the top 10 most-worth-visiting science centres in the world. Through skilled and confident programming, Spark will attract visitors from around the city, province and globe, and immerse them in emotive experiences as they explore ever-evolving, quirky and thought-provoking galleries. The skilled programming at this level of success will only be possible with an organization-wide commitment to effective performance. High performance at Spark is both defined and experienced by diverse cultures and proactively advances equity among all human beings as part of the definition of effectiveness.
Spark’s high performance culture is driven by a shared purpose. Team members are united by values and proud of the reputation we are building together. What does high performance look like at Spark?
Commitment to Purpose. Everyone at Spark is a purpose driven leader. You are passionate about entertaining people of all ages in creative encounters with science, technology and engineering, and the output of your work reflects our values: collaboration, curiosity, courage, commitment, and creativity. Why? Because it makes the world a kinder, safer and better place.
Culture of Philanthropy. Spark is a registered educational charity that relies on the support of sponsors and donors to ensure it can do this work to make the world a better place.
Commitment to Continuous Learning. Your individual growth is driven by a desire to be a part of the team that makes Spark one of the best science centres in the world. Every day is a professional development day at Spark. You are expected to seek out learning opportunities and pursue professional growth. At times the growth may be uncomfortable, and you embrace it as part of the journey.
Agents of Change. We are a culture of experimentalists. It is expected and encouraged for staff to make suggestions that can improve a program, presentation, process or service. It is also expected and encouraged for suggestions to be accepted and tried with a thank you for helping each other get even stronger.
Coaching Mindset. Sparklers are committed to helping each other become even stronger in our roles. Upgrading each other’s work is enjoyable and rewarding because teams are built on trust.
Supervisor feedback feels like coaching, not criticism or punishment. Remember, you can say anything if you are kind, clear and non-judgmental. This is how high performance teams are built.
Winning and Losing as a Team. We work together to drive action and results that are aligned with Spark’s mission in the outside world. We encourage healthy debate and science-based decision making. Our relationships allow us to make big asks of each other and get big things done together with a sense of urgency and excellence. If someone appears to fail, you ask,
“What did I do or not do to contribute to that, as it is my failure too.”
Achieving Results. Spark is dedicated to excellence in all aspects of communicating science and we carry that dedication to excellence in every aspect of Spark’s work. We encourage each other to set stretch goals and work together across all departments to exceed them.
To Apply: Interested candidates can submit their cover letter and resume, in confidence, to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Science Guide (Summer Camps)” in the subject line.
Closing Date: June 11, 2021
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Spark is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.
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