Online Educator

Scales Nature Park Published: September 1, 2020
Internship Type
Hours per week
Start Date
End Date


Scales Nature Park is a nature and conservation centre in central Ontario that has provided educational outreach about reptiles and amphibians for 10 years. During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have found a need to switch from predominantly in-person presentations to online digital presentations. This position will digitize existing in-person presentation material to create a fun interactive digital experience and deliver the same quality of education and entertainment. This will include presentations on online communication platforms, pre-recorded videos and other activities. This position will involve digital and media skills, knowledge of Zoom, Open Broadcaster Software, other video platforms and your creativity. You'll be involved with growing all aspects of our online presence including content creation, social media, and traffic generation; and presentation materials.

Duties and responsibilities

The intern will:
-design and implement digital presentation options to be used in place of outreach presentations
-perform on camera for a variety of virtual audiences
-handle live reptiles and amphibians for use in presentations, assist with their care as required
-schedule and coordinate virtual presentations
-assist with research and decision-making regarding software and hardware selections for online program delivery
-assist with installation and set up of software and hardware for online program delivery
-develop educational resources for public usage, in print or digital formats
-assist with the supervision and management of a large team of staff and volunteers (Canadian and international) in a live/work residential setting and participate in all aspects of the community
-assist with the operations and development of a nature centre and related facilities including field research, etc. as time allows and as is useful to understand or develop content about our conservation efforts

Knowledge and skills

-Strong oral communications skills. experience presenting to a variety of audiences and venues
-Comfortable and charismatic, on stage and on camera
-Familiarity with virtual video presentation platforms e.g. Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, etc.
-Strong organizational skills, experience with spreadsheets/ calendars in Windows and Android
-Positive attitude and willingness to help people get over their fears are essential
-Experience with digital photography, videography, editing, social media platforms, etc. is an asset
-Flexibility regarding scheduling as client and animal needs affect plans, weekends and evenings may be required
-Live on-site full-time in subsidized, shared accommodations within our Covid-19 restrictions
-Able to thrive as part of a close team in challenging situations and a busy live/work environment

Education required

Bachelor's degree in related field

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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