• Location: Grand Etang, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: July 12, 2024 at 11:59 pm

The Discovery Centre Ocean Educator & Researcher position (two) will be based at the Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative (GAMS) Marine Discovery Centre (MDC) in Grand Etang, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

GAMS is a not-for-profit registered charity committed to building ocean literacy and awareness through education and action.

35 hrs/week (some evenings & weekends) for ~8 or 12-weeks at $17.50 per hour.

**Partially subsidized housing may be available for students who are not from the immediate area.

3 July to August 2024 (8 weeks, 3 days)

Applicants should be students enrolled in a post-secondary program of study that includes a work placement or a work-integrated-learning component, with a background and/or interest in Sciences, Tourism, Business, and/or Media and Communications.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). International students are NOT eligible to apply.


  • be enthusiastic and able to approach visitors and engage them in conversation about the MDC, GAMS, & marine environments and species in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • have knowledge of and/or be willing to learn about live touch tank species; species that frequent Cape Breton coastal areas (i.e., endangered North Atlantic right whales, leatherback sea turtles); shoreline change; climate change; regional fisheries; and more.
  • be willing to learn and follow proper procedures for collecting and maintaining touch tank species (i.e., starfish, urchins, etc.), as well as monitoring visitor ‘hands’
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward visitors, providing them with general information about the surrounding area, places to visit, areas of interest, etc.
  • be creative and able to assist with updating GAMS educational materials for public outreach and engagement by including more about the impacts of climate change, debris in the marine environment and changes in the western Cape Breton coastline over time.
  • enjoy working with children and youth as part of a team offering one-day “ocean camps’ and/or visit schools/classrooms to offer ocean presentations.
  • have experience posting on social media accounts and have some ability with Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • be willing to work with others to complete a SWOT analysis (or equivalent) of the area, with a focus on the impact of GAMS and the MDC in terms of tourism and research.
  • be friendly, self-directed, creative, and work effectively as part of a team; plus, other duties as required.
  • Bilingualism (English & French) is an asset, & a sense of humour is always appreciated.


Please send your resume, by e-mail, to, stating “Discovery Centre Oceans Educator application” in the subject line.

Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. We appreciate your time and interest in applying. We will review resumes as they are received, and positions will be filled as appropriate applicants are identified.

GAMS/MDC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities are highly encouraged to apply.

If you are hard-working, collaborative, skilled but also willing to learn, passionate about marine and coastal environments, and making a difference, you should consider working with GAMS.