RECENT OR POTENTIAL CBU GRADS – Team Lead Aquavan 150, Vancouver Aquarium


Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a globally recognized leader in connecting people to our natural world. As a not-for-profit organization, our team contributes to meaningful work that matters. We take pride in the steps we take towards conserving aquatic life every day. Our focus on engaging visitors, connecting students, facilitating direct action and understanding the world around us contributes to protecting our world’s oceans.


The AquaVan150 Team Lead assists the AquaVan150 Project Manager with on-the-road operational and logistical aspects of the AquaVan150 Program and its tours. The Team Lead liaises with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the success of the AquaVan150 program both locally and during tours and its ability to support the goals of the organization. This is primarily a touring position, with tours ranging up to 8 weeks at a time across the country.

Candidates who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check.

Education and Experience

  • Valid BC Driver’s license with a clean driving record; capable and comfortable with driving a 26’ gooseneck trailer combination and 32’ 5 ton truck, (professional training can be provided).
  • Experiential Education experience is an asset; emphasis on conservation education and marine/freshwater biology.
  • One or more years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience teaching/interpretation with school age children/youth;
  • WHMIS an asset (training provided if needed)
  • Animal care or husbandry experience an asset.


  • Good leadership skills;
  • Strong commitment to the environment and education;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills, able to communicate with audiences of all ages and learning abilities;
  • Strong time management and administration skills;
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills;
  • Enthusiastic, creative, flexible and energetic with excellent customer service skills;
  • General understanding of mechanical systems and vehicles is an asset;
  • Intermediate knowledge of word processing, database management, and publishing software.
  • Knowledge of geography of Western Canada an asset.

Working Conditions:

  • Workday often involves long hours and early mornings; flexible schedule (including weekends and Holidays);
  • Incumbents must be able to safely lift up to 50lbs to chest level on a daily basis;
  • The ability to safely operation Aquarium vehicles, including a 32’ truck (training provided);
  • Handling live marine invertebrates, fish and other program animals, as well as their food; exposure to live or dead animals may result in stings, punctures and cuts;
  • Travelling outside the Lower Mainland required; large stretches of time away from home (up to 8 weeks);
  • Exposure to seasonal temperature fluctuations in outdoor working areas.
  • Shared work space in a team environment open concept office environment;
  • Animal care and maintenance in the back of a large truck which requires the incumbent to work with controlled products.



Supports the planning and delivery of engaging education programs of AquaVan150, supporting ocean literacy towards ocean health and ultimately positive conservation actions in students and community members by:

  • Travelling with the team on-the-road on several tours up to 8 weeks each, delivering programming across Canada;
  • Participating in and supervising the delivery of mobile educational and community programs;
  • Maintaining positive on-going working relationships with clients (teachers, schools, youth camps, institutions) and attending programs to ensure future bookings;
  • Communicating effectively with AquaVan150 Project Manager and other departments in a timely fashion to ensure adequate supplies are available for programs;
  • Maintains a good working knowledge of marine animals, ecosystems, and issues;
  • Working to develop and implement new programs and activities;
  • Assisting with promotion and marketing of outreach programs and other education areas;
  • Continually evaluating programs to ensure delivery of professional and valuable programs;
  • In the absence of the AquaVan Manager, acting as backup.

Provides administrative support, accountability and tracking for the AquaVan150 program by:

  • Coordinating and leading logistical aspects of AquaVan150 program delivery. This includes vehicle and equipment check, maintenance, safe loading/unloading of equipment;
  • Working with event organizers to ensure AquaVan150 site support is available and maintains positive working relationships;
  • Acting as a link between booking contacts and the AquaVan150 team;
  • Assisting  to ensure AquaVan150 Team continually strives to reduce environmental impacts and guarantees overall greening of operations through tracking and recording EMS objectives and targets;
  • Assisting with updating and maintaining internal/external website, email box, volunteer manuals, policies, communications, grant proposals, newsletters, promotional and educational material where applicable;
  • Care, monitoring and maintenance of truck, trailer and aquarium systems;
  • Assists the team with social media and digital file management while they are offsite.

Contributes to the ongoing quality enhancements of Aquarium education programs by:

  • Assisting  with professional development workshops for teachers both onsite and on the road;
  • Assisting in the preparation of materials for advertising and scheduling programs;
  • Working with Volunteer Services to assist in the recruiting, training, supervising and placing of volunteers on the AquaVan150 team.

Consistently improves the Vancouver Aquarium and its processes by:

  • Promptly aiding in Emergency protocol;
  • Maintaining organizational safety standards;
  • Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;
  • Actively demonstrating the Aquarium’s values and code of conduct;
  • Performing additional duties as required.

Application Details

Requisition Number 17-0080
Title 333 – Team Lead, Aquavan 150
Job Family Education
Status Fixed Term Contract
Work Hours 37.5 Hours / Week
Location Stanley Park – Vancouver
City Vancouver
Province BC
Close Date 5/13/2017

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