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The primary role of an Australian Science Olympiad Alumni Ambassador is to assist with the promotion of the Australian Science Olympiad Competition.

This involves providing accurate information about the Australian Science Olympiad Competition and its selection process, including the Australian Science Olympiad exams, summer school and the International Science Olympiads.

It will also involve alumni sharing their science Olympiad experience with interested students, their parents and teachers at events and school visits.

Australian Science Olympiad Ambassadors may be the first and only contact that prospective students and schools have with Australian Science Innovations (ASI) and the Australian Science Olympiad Competition and are therefore seen as the public face of ASI.

Benefits of being an Ambassador

• Paid work experience
• Develop interpersonal and communications skills
• Travel opportunities to regional and remote schools in Australia
• An additional point for their resume

Key responsibilities of ambassadors

Attend events: ambassadors may be asked to attend conferences, expos and workshops to share their personal experience with teachers and education specialists.

Visit schools: ambassadors will be called upon to visit high schools to provide interested students and staff with information and a student’s perspective on the Australian Science Olympiad Competition. This usually consists of small group discussions and delivery of brief presentations during term time. Ambassadors may also be asked to present medals and certificates at school assemblies.

Working with children check: ambassadors are required to hold (or be willing to obtain) a Working with Children/Vulnerable People check. The relevant registration for your state is acceptable. See attachment for more information.

Provide a student perspective: ambassadors may be asked to contribute their ideas and thoughts on a range of materials including websites, posters, course guides and other materials.

Honorarium: Ambassadors will receive an honorarium of $127 per visit to a conference/school. All interstate/long distance travel and accommodation will be coordinated by ASI staff.

Time commitment: Ambassadors are asked to commit to attending a minimum of three events each year and/or three schools per year.

Code of conduct: Ambassadors will abide by the Australian Science Innovations Volunteers Code of Conduct.

Alumni ambassadors will be selected based upon the following criteria:

• Former Australian Science Olympiad student who have attended an Australian Science Olympiad summer school in the past five years.

• Excellent communication and presentation skills – public speaking experience is an advantage

• Good organisational and time management skills

• Excellent customer service skills – previous work experience in customer service area is an advantage

• Highly motivated and outgoing with an enthusiasm for Australian Science Olympiad Competition and a willingness to share this with other students.

• Ability to show initiative and to work with minimal supervision and the ability to apply common sense in unforeseen situations

• Willingness to work outside normal business hours and occasionally lift heavy material

• Ability to relate well to high school students

Ambassadors are required to hold (or be willing to obtain) a Working with Children/Vulnerable People check.  The relevant registration for your state is acceptable.

If this sounds like you, get in touch.  Email asi@asi.edu.au or call +61 2 6125 6228