Job Title: Public Educator/Outreach Coordinator Intern

Application Deadline: April 22, 2022
Tentative Start Date: May 9, 2022 (flexible)
Duration of Contract:  52 weeks
Salary: $19.85/hour, 37.5 hours/week
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Job Description

Entomica Insectarium is an insect-based science centre located inside the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Entomica displays a variety of live exotic insects from around the world in beautiful living vivariums. Entomica has developed engaging outreach programs to educate the community about science and nature using its unique inventory of insects from all over the world for inspiration and teaching.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate outreach education programs at our facility in Sault Ste. Marie and locations within and outside the community (travel and weekend work required).

  • Provide public tours and program delivery (education) to tourists, students (classes from primary to college and university level) and special community groups at our facility.

  • Facilitate Entomica program delivery as part of the Science North “Great Northern Ontario Roadshow” in Northeastern Ontario. Outreach events will take place in 10 northern Ontario cities and will include programs at schools, public events, and senior centres; and 4 science festivals. The intern will be expected to work with and communicate effectively with Science North staff.

  • Develop unique outreach programs specially designed for First Nation schools, children and First Nation reserve community events that incorporate the cultural importance of insects and invertebrates to indigenous peoples. The goal would be to travel to at least 5 First Nation communities in NE Ontario during the year.

  • Design and prepare travelling insect exhibits. 

  • Work with and train volunteers and students at all planned outreach events.

  • Learn and assist with insect husbandry and insect handling/demonstration.

  • Effectively communicate with clients and stakeholders.

  • Create and maintain programming schedules.

  • Invoicing/payments related to programming.

  • Ensure CFIA regulations for facility compliance, permit applications, animal transfers, volunteer training, professional correspondence, exhibit design, afterschool, and weekend programs.

  • Develop social media-Facebook posting, webpage content, Instagram and job-related emails.

  • Participate in online-fundraising, event planning and facilitation.

  • Report to SSM Insectarium Program Manager and Board of Directors.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills Required

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in an environmental or educational related program.

  • Excellent personal interaction skills.

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently (self-motivated) and as a team.

  • Comfortable with doing presentations to groups in an in-person or virtual setting.

  • Interest in or experience with social media.

  • Motivation to learn about insect biology and ecology.

  • Comfortable with handling live insects.

  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

  • Willingness to travel outside of the city on regular trips of one to five days at a time (travel costs are covered/reimbursed).


Working Conditions

  • This position is funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). Applicants must meet the NOHFC qualifying criteria to be eligible for the position:

  • Are new entrants into the work force, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field.

  • Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship.

  • Are at least 18 years of age.

  • Reside in northern Ontario, and be legally entitled to work, in Canada.

  • Applicants must have a current police background check.

  • Applicants must have valid driver’s license and vehicle access for travel.

  • Proof of vaccination will be required from successful candidate.


To apply, please send your cover letter and resume in one document via email to:

Corinne Wilkerson


The deadline to apply is Friday April 22, 2022, at 4:00 pm


We thank everyone who applies. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


This position has been generously funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)


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