Program Assistant

We are looking for creative, energetic, inclusive individuals who have a passion for science, engineering, and technology. 

The Engineering Outreach department works to create excitement and interest in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on initiatives. The programs are targeted at Youth in Grades K-12, Educators, and Undergraduate audiences. The main programs run out of Engineering Outreach are: 

  • Catalyst – High school programs 

  • Engineering Science Quest – Elementary and high school programs ( 

  • ESQube – In-school workshops 

  • Hive Mind – Tutoring for Grade 11-12 science and math courses 

  • Indigenous Youth Programs – On-campus and in-community initiatives for Indigenous youth 

  • Kids on Campus – On-campus field trip for Grade 4 students 

  • STEMpowered – Black youth focused programs 

  • Women in Engineering – Girls, women and non-binary focused programs ( 

  • And more! Engineering Outreach looks to create opportunities for folks historically underrepresented in STEM fields. 


During the months of July and August, Program Assistants (PAs) will be working on a "low ratio" or "as needed" basis in the camp rooms with campers from our unique needs support program. In addition, PAs will also be working as a support to leaders in the camp rooms. 

  • Each PA will be scheduled for the Waterloo campus at University of Waterloo. They will be placed in ESQ or STEMpowered camps, depending on camper needs 

  • Program Assistants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Engineering Outreach’s support program. 

  • This role starts in late June and ends in August.

If you have the following, you'll be a great fit for us: 

  • Experience working with children requiring extra support 

  • A background in science, engineering, and/or education 

  • Able to adapt to new situations quickly 

  • A demonstrated ability to manage, redirect, encourage and engage with children requiring additional support and attention as well as communicating directly with parents. 

Tentative Hours of Work 

Late June to August

Monday - Friday 

35 - 40 hours / week

Shifts scheduled between 8:00 - 5:00pm 

1. Additional hours may be necessary to ensure that required tasks are completed on time and that camp is successful. 

2. The incumbent is expected to be at work between 7:30 to 7:45 AM on Monday mornings to ensure success with Monday camp registration procedures. 

During June, lunch breaks are 1 hour. In July and August, lunch breaks are 30 minutes. Timing of lunch breaks is determined by Engineering Outreach full-time staff. 

Lived Experience 

A primary focus of Engineering Outreach programming is to reach equity deserving groups who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields; these equity deserving groups include Black Youth, Indigenous Youth, Girls and Non-binary Youth, Persons with Disabilities, Racialized Communities and Youth facing socioeconomic disadvantages. Candidates with lived experience in one or more of these communities are encouraged to apply for the position. 

Some positions may be funded by Canada Summer jobs 

How to apply

To apply to any of the following jobs, please access the Application form below and include the following:

  • A one page cover letter
  • Resume

Engineering Outreach will only consider complete applications and will not follow up with any candidates who submit incomplete applications. We will reach out to applicants to schedule interviews in the coming months.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please email us at 

Expectations, Conduct and Behaviour

All Management and University Leader Staff must be fully trained in Standard First Aid and CPR. Engineering Outreach will arrange a training date and cover the cost of First Aid/CPR training for those who do not have a valid certification. Any First Aid training outside of the schedule time is the financial responsibility of the staff member. 

All Staff are required to undergo an official Vulnerable Sector check and must submit proof of this by the end of their first day of employment with Engineering Outreach. Vulnerable Sector checks are the financial responsibility of the Staff. Engineering Outreach will accept checks that were issued for work with other groups, pending the date of approval (< 6 months).  

All Engineering Outreach Staff must comply with the guidelines and code as defined in the policy manual. A violation of policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of employment. 

The University of Waterloo governs that operators of University vehicles must be over the age of 18 years, and proof of valid G Class driver's license is also required. The University carries liability insurance for said vehicles. However, any infractions, such as speeding tickets or other charges, are the sole responsibility of the vehicle operator. 

At all times, Engineering Outreach staff will respect their fellow workers, as well as all University of Waterloo's faculty and staff. All University of Waterloo employees are bound to the applicable University of Waterloo policies, procedures and guidelines []. 

Compensation and Benefits

It is anticipated that as a Program Assistant you will work a base number of 35-40 hours per week, at an hourly rate of $20.45 (in addition, 4% vacation pay is added to each pay cheque). Engineering Outreach may find it necessary to modify the number of weekly hours, depending on need. There will be one week of unpaid time from August 4—8, 2024. Where further reduction of hours is necessary, two weeks advance notice will be given. Salaries are paid monthly and are subjected to routine government deductions.