• 9-week
  • Internship
  • Halifax
  • Halifax USD / Year
  • Applications have closed

Back to the Sea Society

Job Description – Clean Leadership 2022 Program

We are committed to Employment Equity and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, Visible Minority Groups, Persons with Disabilities, LGBTQ2+ people and Women in Occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on our registration form. 

Summary of the Program  

The Clean Leadership program (formerly Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps or Youth Corps) was established in 1989 to provide youth with training and employment opportunities in the environmental field. This program engages community partners across the province to hire youth to carry out work in the summer months that fosters environmental stewardship. The Clean Leadership program provides youth with clean sector work experience; an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, with opportunity to give back; skills for life-long learning (including job-readiness and leadership skills); and knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures. Interns will benefit from experiential work experience, a professional development training and leadership conference, networking opportunities and new connections.  

Job Title
Science Communicator – 9-week internship 

Job Location
2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth 

Full time – 35 hours per week 

Summary of Position  

The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Back to the Sea, reporting to Program Manager. In this position, you will be responsible for leading a variety of educational initiatives and programs themed around our ocean and the animals that inhabit it. These will take place both at the Touch Tank Hut and on our coastal guided trek program called Tidal Trekkers. The successful candidate needs to have a base knowledge of local intertidal and subtidal species and previous experience leading programs for children (for example day camps, coaching a team, etc.). First Aid certification and spoken and written French are an asset. Candidate must be comfortable handling live marine invertebrates and capable of having their hands submerged in water that contains shellfish.  

Community Partner 

The Back to the Sea Society is a charity dedicated to sparking curiosity for local marine life and inspiring a desire to protect our ocean. We run a variety of ocean based educational programs, including the Touch Tank Hut, a miniature marine interpretive centre located in Dartmouth. The Touch Tank Hut fits into Back to the Sea’s larger vision of opening a permanent collect-hold-and-release aquarium in Dartmouth (Punamu’kwati’jk).  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as a Tidal Trekkers scientific interpreter, providing necessary information and maintaining a high level of guest satisfaction through energetic interactions 
  • Participate in the evaluation of these programs 
  • Communicate safe beach animal handling protocols to participants
  • Deliver scientific interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences at the Touch Tank Hut, including the general public, youth groups and persons with disabilities 
  • Welcome visitors, provide necessary information and maintain a high level of guest satisfaction through energetic interactions 
  • Lead and participate in the evaluation of group programs 
  • Communicate animal handling protocols to guests 
  • Maintain appearance of building, information panels, hand-washing station, props and materials
  • Perform duties associated with opening and closing the Touch Tank Hut on a daily basis 
  • Assist with the admissions process and gift shop sales 
  • Contribute to social media when necessary 


  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, person who has been granted Refugee Status, or legally entitled to work in Canada;  
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the start of internship; 
  • From and/or will be residing in Nova Scotia for the duration of the internship; 
  • Must be a full-time student* and intending to return to school in Fall 2022; 
  • *Note: Indigenous, Black and/or African Nova Scotian youth between 18-30 years of age do not need to be current students to be eligible. 
  • Must not be an immediate family member of community partner; 
  • Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment; 
  • Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback; 
  • Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or clean sector is considered an asset; 
  • Interpreter/informal educator experience (e.g. camp councillor, museum interpreter, coach for a kid’s sport); 
  • Basic knowledge of local intertidal and subtidal marine life, advanced knowledge an asset; 
  • Excellent communication skills; 
  • Creative and flexible; 
  • Spoken French an asset; 
  • Standard First Aid training an asset; 
  • As part of our commitment to employment equity, this position is designated and limited to applicants from the following groups:  
    • Indigenous People 
    • Black, African Nova Scotian or people of African Descent 

$14.28/ hour 

Working Conditions
Back to the Sea abides by a “Fun yet Professional” work culture and love to celebrate wins! The schedule varies week to week and the candidate must be available to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings. 

Physical Requirements
At the Touch Tank Hut, this position requires standing for extended periods, having your hands in cold salt water on a daily basis and occasionally involves the lifting of heavy water buckets. It may also require walking along coastlines that may be somewhat rugged. The Touch Tank Hut is wheelchair accessible and, should the chosen candidate have any disability that makes the standard nature of this position is not possible, we will work with them to ensure that this position is accessible to them. Candidate must be comfortable handling live marine animals and capable of having their hands submerged in water containing shellfish. 

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