Indigenous Community Learning Coordinator

Job Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director, Learning & Community Engagement, the Indigenous Community Learning Coordinator is responsible for building relationships with educators, youth, members of Indigenous communities, and organizations which share an interest with ONC in connecting Indigenous knowledge and ocean science. In close collaboration with the Education team, the Coordinator is responsible for developing the Indigenous knowledge component of the Ocean Sense education program by fostering relationships with educators and knowledge holders in Indigenous communities and setting up resource co-creation opportunities such as workshops, meetings, and working groups. The Coordinator is also active in delivering educational programming in communities in formal and non-formal settings. The Coordinator leads the Youth Science Ambassador (YSA) program and supervises 7-10 part-time Indigenous student staff. The YSAs act as mentors and program facilitators in communities for youth with an interest in ocean science and its connection to Indigenous knowledge, including involving youth in place-based projects and hands-on activities. The position also establishes meaningful relationships and partnerships to support community-based monitoring projects and oceanographic research in Indigenous communities.

Of critical importance to this position is an intimate knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Cultural competency, including an in-depth understanding of colonization, decolonization, land issues, cultural protocols, and settler/Indigenous relationships is essential.

This position requires field work and travel to remote locations including the Arctic, coastal communities accessible only by boat/float plane, and on ships for at-sea expeditions. The Coordinator is occasionally required to work on weekends and/or evenings to support events and activities.

Job Requirements

This position requires completion of an undergraduate degree and knowledge of at least one of: ocean science, biology, geoscience, engineering, Indigenous ecological knowledge, education, or a related field. A minimum of 1-2 years of experience working in and/or directly with Indigenous communities. Equivalent combinations of training, education and/or experience may be considered.

Experience requirements:

  • 1-2 years supervisory experience for volunteers or staff.
  • Direct experience working with youth in formal and/or non-formal educational settings.
  • Experience developing educational programs for children, youth and/or adults.
  • Experience working in or engaging with Indigenous communities, community organizations and diverse audiences and in building partnerships with such communities and organizations.
  • Experience leading projects and/or programs.

Knowledge requirements:

  • Knowledge of ocean science, biology, geoscience, engineering, Indigenous ecological knowledge, education, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous communities’ history, culture, social circumstances, political issues, and protocols.
  • Knowledge of challenges, opportunities and advances in Indigenous Education in Canada.
  • Knowledge of environmental and climate issues facing Indigenous and coastal communities.

Competency requirements:

  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to understand and communicate concepts related to technology and environmental monitoring to a non-expert audience.
  • Leadership skills and the ability to provide support in a positive, flexible and conscientious manner to others.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with a diverse network of stakeholders, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proven track record achieving project goals on time and producing high quality deliverables.
  • A valid BC driver’s license.

Assets or preferences:

  • Teaching experience in a formal or informal setting, for example, at an elementary or high school, museum, camp or community centre.
  • An existing network of relationships with Indigenous communities in BC.
  • Experience utilizing social media to support or promote project work or organizations.
  • Event planning, budgeting, and coordination.
  • Experience in working in small remote communities.

Opening Date: 

Friday, November 12, 2021 - 15:30

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 16:00

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