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Ontario Science Centre
Science Content & Design Department
Job Term:
1 Temporary (up to 9 months)
Job Code:
14024 - Biologist 2B
$1,244.67 - $1,537.44 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
Do you like turning scientific concepts into easy to learn and fun exhibits and virtual content? Do you have strong research skills and an ability to effectively communicate to a broad and diverse audience? Join the Ontario Science Centre for this unique opportunity to showcase your research, communication and design skills to translate scientific and technological concepts into practical exhibits and programs for the public.

Guided by our mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, the Science Centre:
• engages visitors in lifelong learning
• is a vital link in the education and innovation ecosystems
• is a convener of public dialogue about science, technology and society

The Science Centre welcomes 900,000 visitors each year, and offers interactive experiences and insights into science and technology that help visitors of all ages understand and contribute to the world around us.

The Ontario Science Centre, part of the Ontario Public Service, offers:
• a progressive work environment that promotes a work/life balance
• flexible learning and development opportunities including online training and mentorship programs
• opportunities for career advancement and specialization through a wide range of career fields within both the Ontario Science Centre and the Ontario Public Service
• a dedicated approach to creating an inclusive and accessible work environment for all employees
• optional enrolment in a defined benefit pension plan and group benefits coverage for fixed-term employees

Note: This position will work remotely while the Science Centre continues to adapt its operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The Ontario Science Centre needs your scientific expertise, innovation and communication talents. As a participant on the science content development team with other staff you will: research, interpret and communicate scientific and technical information in the areas of environmental science and related disciplines for the conceptualization, research, development, design and maintenance of exhibits; provide input and analysis in the review of exhibits, and act as a scientific resource to staff and public within this discipline.

How do I qualify?

Knowledge of Environmental Science

• Knowledge in the field of environmental science to assess the scientific integrity of information sources and to interpret/evaluate the scientific validity of information to be used by the centre.
• Knowledge of current scientific developments in environmental science and technology

Communication Skills

• Excellent written and oral communication skills as they relate to the interpretation of complex scientific technical information into easily understood exhibit ideas
• Excellent presentation, analytical, conceptual and customer service skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within a team and in project settings;
• Flexibility in relating to diverse audiences and levels of understanding of science and technology;
• Creativity and innovative thinking skills to translate complex scientific phenomenon into simple activities or physical forms that can convey the concepts to the general public.

Research and Program Planning Skills

• Ability to research and develop new exhibit and program ideas
• Ability to develop methods for translating scientific and technological concepts into practical exhibits and programs
• Research skills to identify sources, field experts and technology within the industry
• Ability to represent the OSC in the scientific and academic communities

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 9 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Thursday, December 17, 2020
  • T-SC-158957/20
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 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:59 pm EST. 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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