SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: YCW Naturalist Programming Assistant


About Us

The Museum of Natural History is responsible for the collecting and recording of artifacts of cultural significance to Nova Scotia as well as promoting Nova Scotia’s natural landscape. Here at the Museum we house collections on Archeology, Ethnology, Mammals, Marine life and more. This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Museum.

This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring museum professionals to gain valuable hands-on experience in museum interpretation, education, research, and visitor service and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Nova Scotia’s natural and cultural heritage.

About You

You must be registered in the Young Canada Works (YCW) on-line candidate inventory ( and meet the eligibility criteria of the program.  You must also be enrolled in a post-secondary institution and returning to school in the fall (or next applicable semester).  Completion of one year of study in the natural science, education and/or museum studies will be considered an asset.  

You will have a demonstrated interest and knowledge of Nova Scotia’s natural history, as well as university credits in the natural sciences, education and/or museum studies.  Demonstrated communication and organizational skills are required. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Suite and web search engines is essential. Interpersonal skills, problem solving, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment is key. You must also be self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.

Strong assets include previous experience with public program development and presentation skills in a similar setting (e.g. heritage, arts, outdoor education or cultural field), fluency in French or another second language, and experience with animal care (reptiles and amphibians).

The successful candidate must pass satisfactory criminal record and child abuse registry documentation.


As a Programming Assistant, you will develop skills in front-line interpretation including research, communication, presentation and visitor services. Assisting with interpretive talks, discovery carts, storytelling, field trips, gallery tours and interactive conversations with a variety of audiences will be key.  Other valuable and transferrable abilities you will gain include the proper care and handling of both live specimens and natural/cultural collections. You will also assist with the care, handling and interpretation of live wildlife exhibits which include amphibians, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates. 

Your communication skills will be enhanced through facilitating natural and historical topics reflected in our exhibits to visitors of diverse ages, backgrounds, experiences and learning styles.  Your role will also entail responding to natural and cultural history specimen and artifact enquiries. Suggestions for improvement relating to interpretative programs are always welcome and students are given the opportunity to assist in the creation of interpretive content.

Training, mentoring and professional development are just a few more of the benefits you will receive during this opportunity!

Application Details

Other Considerations

Successful candidates must be willing to work flexible working hours up to 35 hours a week over a seven-day week. This is a casual opportunity with an anticipated end date of September 7, 2019.  We will be using this competition to fill 3 positions upon approval of funding.

Follow the link to apply for this position.