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The NYSF is looking for a STEM Explorer Coordinator to volunteer at the new NYSF STEM Explorer Program from the Monday 17 – Friday 21 July.


STEM Explorer Coordinator Volunteer Position


About The National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), is a national not for profit organisation with a strong reputation and rich history operating for over thirty years, gaining significant recognition for its role in positively influencing students in the pursuit of study, employment and professional development in science related areas.


About STEM Explorer

In 2017 the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) will launch the NYSF STEM Explorer Program, a new initiative targeting Year 7- 8 students in South Australia who are interested in science. The program aims to show the possibilities open to them if they continue to study STEM subjects throughout secondary school, and to demonstrate that “doing science” doesn’t necessarily have to mean working in a laboratory or as a researcher at a university. The program will be staffed by volunteer Youth Advisors, drawn from alumni of the NYSF Year 12 Program, alongside support from Learning Advisors, Rotary Advisors, the STEM Explorer Coordinator and NYSF Corporate Staff.

In 2017, The NYSF STEM Explorer Program will run in Adelaide from Sunday 16 – Friday 21 July 2017.  Students will attend the program from the afternoon of Monday 17 – Friday 21 July, however all volunteers are required to arrive on Sunday morning for training. All volunteers will be required to be available for the entire length of the program. All travel to the program, meals and accommodation are included within the scope of the volunteer position.


About the STEM Explorer Coordinator Volunteer position

Acting as a ‘Chief of Staff’, the Coordinator will be responsible for organising the allocation of tasks to all Advisors. The position is modelled on the Chief of Staff role at the NYSF January Sessions – they will lead the Advisor team in delivering the NYSF STEM Explorer Program for the five days.

The person selected for this role will be an alumnus of the NYSF Year 12 Program, and preferably will have participated in the NSYF Student Staff Leadership program – although this is not essential. This will give them the experience in program delivery and volunteer coordination necessary for the Coordinator role.


Responsibilities of the Coordinator include:
  • Adhere to all NYSF Policies and Procedures, particularly those regarding Child Protection;
  • Coordinate workloads and tasks to be performed by Advisors;
  • Provide advice and support to other Advisors;
  • Where necessary, accompany students on visits and workshops, ensuring that schedules are adhered to and monitoring to see that all students are engaged in the activities;
  • Work closely with the NYSF Corporate team in the development of the program and the shape of the Advisor experience;
  • Facilitate social activities, such as the Science Relay Quiz and movie evening;
  • Maintain accurate records of incidents and responses, as directed by the NYSF Programs Manager;
  • Provide pastoral care, support, and basic first aid as required;
  • Escalate incidents as required, as specified in guidelines that will be provided prior to the program; and
  • Be a friendly, enthusiastic presence throughout, engaging with students about their experiences.


The STEM Explorer Coordinator will stay onsite for the duration of the program, evening and overnight work will be required.

All Youth Advisors will report directly to the STEM Explorer Coordinator. The STEM Explorer Coordinator will report to the NYSF Manager, Programs. The National Youth Science Forum will provide full training for all volunteers in the lead up to the program.


Skills, experience and attributes:
  • An interest in the NYSF and its programs, and support for the vision and mission of the organisation;
  • The ability to interact positively with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong communication skills, and a capacity to be empathetic and supportive to participants and other volunteers who may experience physical and/or mental illness during the January Sessions;
  • Commitment to maintaining appropriate levels of privacy for sensitive or confidential information;
  • An interest and/or experience in programs for young people;
  • Physically able to walk moderate distances (15-30 minutes at a time), and to sit for extended periods (up to two hours).


  • Must be over the age of 21
  • Alumnus of the NYSF/NSSS
  • Current South Australian working with children check (must be obtained by 1 June at the latest);
  • Current driver’s licence, either provisional or unrestricted;
  • Current nationally recognised first aid qualification, including up to date CPR qualification (HLTAID003 or HLTAID002);
  • Own smart phone or other mobile device (e.g. tablet) capable of accessing the internet without wifi;
  • Comfortable with accessing information on a smart phone or other mobile device (full training will be provided on the use of the NYSF’s systems).


Desirable qualifications/experience:
  • Completion of Mental Health First Aid training or similar;
  • Background or training in education, and/or experience working with young people
  • Completion of the Student Staff Leadership Program through the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Successful candidates will be required to successfully undergo Child Protection Screening before their place in the program is confirmed.


Inclusions for Volunteers
  • All travel to and from Adelaide, including flights and airport transfers.
  • If volunteers elect to drive, then contribution will be made towards fuel expenses; parking will be provided if required.
  • All meals for the duration of the program.
  • Accommodation at Mylor Adventure Camp in Adelaide. You may be sharing a bathroom with program participants and program staff.
  • STEM Explorer t-shirts and backpack.
  • The opportunity to attend STEM Explorer activities, including science visits and workshops.
  • Coverage under the NYSF’s insurance policy.


Please apply at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/uvIfFvyWTdet5BU93


Applications close midnight Sunday 21 May 2017.

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