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Program Lead Job Description

Position Title: Program Lead
Duration: 16 weeks, May – September
Pay: $10,000 – $12,500, depending on funding
Start Date: May 16th (Negotiable, some flexibility)
Location: Primarily Wolfville, Nova Scotia (also Bon Portage Island, Halifax, Lunenburg, and Windsor)
Applications Due: 8:00pm AT Wednesday, April 13th 

To Apply: 

Submit your CV, a cover letter outlining how you meet the position’s essential requirements and the helpful experiences and summarizing your relevant experience as it relates to the position and the valued skills, and contact information for 3 references to by 8:00pm Atlantic Time on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022. 

Position Summary

The Program Lead is responsible for leading Terranaut Club’s unique hands-on summer youth education programs and ensuring that participants have a safe and meaningful experience. As the main educator, the Program Lead will teach participants about various topics in STEM and environmental education in a primarily outdoor setting. This position requires working closely with a dynamic team including Terranaut Club directors, fellow staff, volunteers, and participants in a high energy, fast-paced work environment. Many of the programs involve activities that support scientific research projects on wildlife and allow participants to get in the field experience with Threatened and Endangered species. The Program Lead will be responsible for ensuring the safety and comfort of our participants throughout the programs.

This position requires evening and weekend hours to lead programs and will require some heavy lifting for program set-up and take-down.

Organization Summary

Terranaut Club is a Nova Scotia-based non-profit organization that specializes in science and nature exploration for girls+ (girls and under-represented genders) ages 9-18. Our mission is to encourage girls+ to pursue STEM careers and become environmental leaders in their own communities, and we accomplish this through hands-on and immersive programming. 

We offer in-person wildlife conservation and marine biology summer programs as well as online events including our women in STEM guest speaker series and data science and coding workshops. Our programs are offered at three age ranges and encourage long-term involvement in Terranaut Club: Junior (ages 9-12), Intermediate (ages 12-15), and Advanced (ages 15-18). We promote accessibility in STEM by offering our summer programs at a pay-what-you-can rate. They take place in 5 communities across Nova Scotia: Bon Portage Island, Halifax, Lunenburg, Windsor, and Wolfville. Programs are 2-5 days in length and involve staying with participants in a cabin on Bon Portage Island or camping overnight at Provincial or National Parks.


The Program Lead will be responsible for assisting initially, then leading, on the delivery of nine Terranaut Club summer programs for girls+ in Nova Scotia.  

This role involves (but is not limited to):

  • Assisting with the initial four summer programs (June-July), learning and training with experienced Terranaut Club Director and volunteers
  • Leading the five remaining summer programs (July – September) 
  • Working with our Communications Coordinator, Program Assistant, and Terranaut Club Directors to prepare, deliver, and wrap-up programs
    • Preparing necessary program materials 
    • Working with the Program Assistant to ensure proper gear for each program
    • Managing program itineraries, scheduling activities and arranging transportation between activities
    • Communicating with parents/guardians
  • Teaching participants and leading activities covering a variety of STEM and environmental topics, such as squid dissections, chemical analysis of plastics, coding and data visualization activities, and discussions about climate change (no prior knowledge is required and most activities have existing materials and documentation)
    • Adding to and updating existing lesson plans
    • Some development of new teaching materials and activities
  • Fostering a supportive, friendly, and positive environment for our participants and respecting varying learning differences, gender identities and pronoun use
  • Supervising the Program Assistant, volunteers, and participants, 
  • Working with staff, volunteers, and participants to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being
    • Managing participants’ individual needs: learning disabilities, medical conditions, dietary restrictions (with help from the team)
    • Managing behavioural situations/conflicts and intervening in crises 
  • Collaborating with guest educators and partner organizations during programming
  • Traveling to and from programs across the province, and transporting participants between activities 
  • Representing Terranaut Club and being a positive role model for our participants


  • Secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training, traditional knowledge and/or experience.

Essential Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Be 20 – 30 years old (due to funding requirements)
  • Be a woman or under-represented gender
  • Have at least 2 years of experience working with children and/or youth
  • Have at least 2 years of experience as an educator
  • Have an interest in STEM and the environment, specifically marine biology and wildlife conservation
  • Be confident outdoors and comfortable camping 

Helpful Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM-related field or education
  • STEM and/or environmental education experience
  • Supervisory/managerial experience 
  • Experience working with/handling wildlife
  • Up-to-date CPR/First Aid certification
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training

Valued Skills

Applicants should be:

  • Excellent with children and youth
  • Strong leaders
  • Effective and enthusiastic educators
  • Organized 
  • Capable of multi-tasking
  • Comfortable with classroom management
  • Experienced in crisis/conflict management
  • A team player: both as a leader and team member
  • Adaptable

Conditions of Employment

  • All Terranaut Club employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a valid reason;
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and have access to their own vehicle;
  • Willingness to travel and work variable hours;
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, evenings and weekends when required;
  • Provide a clear criminal background and vulnerable sector check
  • Capable of field work and heavy lifting (setting up gear) 
  • Work a flexible schedule to meet program delivery requirements.
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