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

Youth Advisor 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 Youth Advisor Volunteer position

Modelled on the NYSF’s well-established and very successful Student Staff Leadership Program (SSLP), the STEM Explorer Youth Advisors will be the key facilitators of the program’s delivery and coordination on the ground. The Advisors will be drawn from the alumni cohort of the NYSF; young people who are currently studying at university or working in STEM disciplines. The Advisors will act as important role models to the student participants, demonstrating possible career and study options open to them in future years.

Responsibilities include:
  • Accompany students on visits and workshops, ensuring that schedules are adhered to, and monitoring and supporting the students’ engagement in the activities;
  • Facilitate social activities, such as the Science Relay Quiz and movie evening;
  • Adhere to all NYSF Policies and Procedures, particularly those regarding Child Protection;
  • Provide pastoral care, support, and basic first aid as required;
  • Maintain accurate records of incidents and responses, as directed by the NYSF Programs Manager;
  • 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.

Youth Advisors will stay onsite for the duration of the program, evening and overnight work will be required.

Youth Advisors will report to the STEM Explorer Coordinator and be supervised by NYSF Programs corporate staff. Youth Advisors will not have any staff or volunteers directly reporting to them. 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 and younger age groups;
  • 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 STEM Explorer Program;
  • 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 18, preferably over the age of 21
  • An alumnus of the NYSF/NSSS Year 12 Program
  • 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;
  • Experience working with young people, including facilitating programs for students in this age group.

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.
  • Full training in the lead up to the STEM Explorer program
  • If volunteers elect to drive, then contribution will be made towards fuel expenses; parking will be provided if required.
  • Accommodation at Mylor Adventure Camp in Adelaide. You may be sharing a bathroom with program participants and program staff.
  • All meals for the duration of the program.
  • Uniform to wear for the duration of the program.
  • 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/bh4s3IpUlln5VCaU2


Applications close midnight Sunday 21 May 2017.

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