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Shell Questacon Science Circus - Assistant Coordinator, APS Level 4, Questacon

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 4

About the team

The Shell Questacon Science Circus delivers national programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) engagement to regional and remote areas across Australia. The program delivers in-school science performances to both primary and secondary schools, as well as a travelling Pop-up Science Centre for regional communities and teacher professional learning workshops highlighting the benefits of informal learning in classrooms.

The Science Circus is a joint initiative of Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and The Australian National University with support from Shell, with the program presenters concurrently enrolled in a Masters of Science Communication Outreach.

This is a non-ongoing, full time position for approximately 9 months which may require extended periods of travel working away from Canberra and work outside of normal hours and across weekends.

Our ideal candidate

The Successful Candidate will have:

  • sound logistical and planning skills in organising complex travel for a national touring program
  • attention to detail and record keeping skills and the ability to manage complex administrative tasks both in Canberra and remotely
  • an understanding of the complexities associated with a national touring outreach program, and the logistical and personnel challenges that this involves
  • sound communication skills to maintain close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders on matters relating to the planning and delivery of Science Circus tours
  • capacity to provide professional and personal feedback and mentoring to staff
  • ability to prepare timely and accurate financial records and on-tour administrative affairs to enable the program to comply with its financial obligations, and to effectively liaise with the relevant financial staff.

What you will do

The Science Circus Assistant Tour Coordinator is one of two such positions. In the role you will:

  • contribute to the planning and organisation of tours of up to four weeks duration for a team of up to twenty people
  • engage with external stakeholders including reporting and liaising with media and program partners
  • tour with the team undertaking the official financial and statistical reporting duties, including overseeing the operations of the travelling shop
  • have opportunities for learning and development in areas of mentoring, coaching, content development, program design and training to support the Coordinator as they mentor the graduate students


  • Degree or equivalent experience in science communication or equivalent.
  • Current P2 or full driver licence.
  • Capacity to meet various child safety regulation and police background checks, including Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) ACT 2011.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


The position may require touring away from Canberra for extended periods, with the flexibility to work across weekends and outside of normal office hours. It also involves significant amounts of manual handling during touring and living in shared accommodation facilities.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  • an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Aidan Muirhead via or on 02 6112 9755.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.  If you require some assistance with your application please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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