Youth Science Ambassador – Arctic Positions

Youth Science Ambassador – Arctic Positions
Starting June 21, 2021 for a one year term with potential renewal
$30 per hour, 10 hours a week

The Youth Science Ambassador Program is an innovative initiative of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). The program connects youth from local communities with world-leading ocean science from ONC’s observatories and the place-based Indigenous knowledge of the ocean that exists within their region. Involving both rural and urban Indigenous communities, this Program is all about engaging and inspiring the next generation of ocean scientists, marine resource managers, and environmental stewards by exploring connections between their local marine environment and the global ocean.


The program is facilitated by local indigenous youth in a variety of communities along coastal British Columbia and in the Canadian Arctic. Each position is adapted to meet the needs and interests of each community. Hands-on learning activities and research projects are co-developed with key community educators and knowledge holders, emphasising a focus on the place-based Indigenous Knowledge held within their territory. The Youth Science Ambassadors work to explore their local environment and connected educators with ONC data (from local community observatories) and Indigenous Knowledge. These connections will be made through the development and exploration of enquiry projects and learning modules relevant to their local ocean environment.

These enquiry based projects are developed surrounding the interests of students and priorities identified by the communities. Although the projects vary greatly depending on the community, they all have a common ocean thread: making local observations, and global connections.

YSA Promote Ocean Networks’ education program within community with the Ocean Sense program. They learn about their local ocean through a series of modules and exploratory work. There is also a large component of learning where traditional culture and science overlaps. Finally they connect their community with ONC, and work with visiting scientists in the field. The Youth Science Ambassadors will collaborate with each other across regions. This position is located in the home community of the applicant.

This part time position would be suitable for an individual who are between 18 – 30 years and are interested in learning about:

  • Introductory level Oceanography
  • Connecting their local community with ONC’s observatories and data
  • Assisting visiting ONC employees on deployment in the field

Desired Skills and Qualities

  • Passionate about the shared connections between Indigenous Knowledge and Ocean Science
  • Experience working with youth and/or children
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willing and able to travel(when University policy in regards to Covid19 permits)
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered

A virtual orientation and paid training will be provided.


Ocean Networks Canada is seeking to employ Youth Science Ambassadors from and living in following communities:

  • Kugluktuk, Nunavut
  • Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
  • Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • Nain, Labrador

ONC is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Specifically: Indigenous Peoples. Read our full equity statement here:

To apply

To apply submit a short cover letter and resumé to Please clearly identify the community of which you have knowledge.

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

Application deadline is June 15, 2021

Opening Date: 

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 11:30

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 16:00

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