Youth Science Ambassador

Various locations; Part Time, $20/hour; 10 hours/week

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean, and Arctic environments. ONC's cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed along with mobile and land based assets strategically located, and instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

The Youth Science Ambassador (YSA) Program connects youth with their local ocean environment, ocean data, and place-based Indigenous knowledge. Training provided.


  • Facilitates educational activities which connect ocean science and Indigenous knowledge through hands-on classroom activities and projects.
  • Mentors younger students with an interest in the connection between science and Indigenous knowledge.
  • Connects with educators and students and encourages their participation in discovering the ocean through Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) observatories.
  • Represents ONC at community events and festivals.
  • Assists with ocean data collection and local science projects.
  • Acts as a local point of contact for students and community members interested in the ocean and Ocean Networks Canada.

Desired Skills and Qualities

  • Passionate about science and its connection to Indigenous knowledge
  • Experience working with youth and/or children
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks at once
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High school education
  • Willing and able to travel
  • Other combinations of education and experience will be considered


ONC is hiring Youth Science Ambassador positions in the following communities in Coastal British Columbia and Nunavut:

  • Cambridge Bay, Nunavut – Inuit Territory
  • Kugluktuk, Nunavut – Inuit Territory
  • Gjoa Haven, Nunavut – Inuit Territory
  • Port Alberni, BC – Nuu-chah-nulth Territory
  • Campbell River, BC – Kwakwaka'wakw / Coast Salish Territory
  • Victoria, BC – Coast Salish Territory
  • Prince Rupert, BC – Ts’msyen Territory
  • And other coastal communities

The Youth Science Ambassadors will collaborate with each other across regions.

The position will require a paid training and orientation period in Victoria, BC. Some travel will be required. Travel expenses will be provided.

To Apply

To apply submit a short cover letter and resumé to Please clearly identify the community of which you have knowledge. These positions will remain open until filled.

More information about Ocean Networks Canada can be found at; more information about the University of Victoria can be found at

Opening Date: 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 13:30

Closing Date: 

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 16:00

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