Apply By: Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:59 pm EDT
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Ontario Science Centre
Science Experience
Job Term:
1 Temporary (up to 12 months)
Job Code:
02705 - Information Officer 3
$1,400.79 - $1,714.02 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
As one of Canada's most-visited cultural attractions and a world-renowned learning institution celebrating our 50th Birthday, we inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery! Hosting up to a million visitors each year, the Centre creates compelling experiences that invite visitors of all ages to engage with science and technology, to collaborate and to explore their questions and creativity.

The Ontario Science Centre is seeking a Science Writer/Editor to ensure the quality and consistency of editorial content for our visitors.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The Science Writer/Editor develops communications for visitor-based experiences, which includes but is not limited to, writing and editing text and scripts for Ontario Science Centre (OSC) exhibits, multi-media communications, and publications. Some of the position responsibilities include:
• Producing all written science communications for visitor-based experiences
• Translating scientific and technological information/concepts into simplified language for the general public while maintaining a clear and consistent editorial style/voice across all exhibits;
• Writing/editing instructional and explanatory copy, audio-visual scripts for exhibits, multimedia/digital communications, publications and the OSC's website;
• Working within multi-disciplinary teams to determine requirements for exhibit copy and coordinating development of all OSC exhibit copy;
• Planning and coordinating delivery of writing and editing services as required

How do I qualify?

Written and Oral Communication Skills

•Written communication skills to write, edit and proofread a wide variety of communication materials, including exhibit text, brochures, web pages, annual reports, marketing and Government documents.
•Knowledge of communication theory, techniques, methods and practices, research techniques, writing techniques and styles
•Ability to assess writing style and tone and advise on how to communicate written message in relation to nature of objectives and audience
•Oral and interpersonal communication skills to conduct interviews and gather information

Analytical and Research Skills

•Analytical and evaluative skills to research, and assess issues/initiatives and prepare communication materials
•Ability to assess nature of research required, identify sources and gather/compile information from researchers, scientists, university students and staff

Science Knowledge

•Ability to understand and present scientific information, develop and discuss views in a way that the general public can understand.
•Knowledge of science/education topics and ability to translate scientific and technological information into clear, interesting, understandable and enjoyable copy for the general public

Knowledge of Print Media

•Position requires knowledge of design and print production processes and project management skills to contract with and supervise freelance personnel and service suppliers
•Experience with writing for websites and audiovisual/digital presentations

Computer Skills

•Knowledge of word processing, desktop publishing and communication software to produce print materials and to create material for digital and online offerings
•Knowledge to maintain a terminology database to ensure consistency across various documents

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Communications; Marketing and Creative Services
Posted on:
Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • T-SC-136307/19
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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