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Nanogirl Science Communicator

Job Type


Casual Contract (part-time)

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

About the Role

Our company is growing rapidly, and our team is busy – designing, making, creating and delivering products that make a real difference. We have strong and well-loved brands, with new products in the pipeline and constant ambition for growth.

Finding a love for science in the hearts and homes of families all over New Zealand has never been more important. At Nanogirl labs we deliver fun, educational and impactful science engagement programs that include school assembly shows, mall and museum shows, science birthday parties and school holiday programs.  We strongly believe that helping young people to meet a real scientist or STEM professional role model is important to help the to break any stereotypes they may have as well as provide an opportunity for them to ask any questions they may have about their research or specialty.

As a Nanogirl Science Communicator, you’ll have a love of science, whether studying it now or having studied a STEM subject in the past. You will also have excellent communication abilities (don’t worry we help with the science communication training).  As part of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside one of New Zealand’s most recognisable Science Communicators, Dr Michelle Dickinson.

You’ll create an amazing, memorable experience for children across New Zealand and help each child feel like a superstar.

We have several roles available:

Science Party Presenter (mostly weekend work)

School Holiday Science Presenter (weekday work within school hours during the school holidays)

Mall Science Show Presenter (weekday work within school hours during the school holidays)

School Assembly Show Presenter (weekday work within school hours)


Key Responsibilities

Deliver memorable science performances:

To use your science background and performance flare to amaze and inspire children at events and parties:

  • Work with our Live Events Team to manage your availability for work.

  • Collect and deliver equipment from our select locations.

  • Build positive relationships with our customers

  • Communicate with the event hosts prior to the party to confirm final details.

  • Complete a feedback form after every party to help us continually hear your ideas and improve our services.

  • Learn, master and bring yourself to all of our show scripts.

  • Have a New Zealand driver's license, and have reliable access to a car to transport yourself and the equipment to and from each event.

Contribute to our team and model our values:

We are a high-performing team, with great relationships built on trust and accountability.  We look out for one another and help one another to succeed.  You’ll bring your values and purpose – your ‘why’ – to the team, and bring your best self to your work. You’ll:

  • Engage with others in the team, sharing information and modelling commitment.

  • Build positive, cohesive relationships across the team.

  • Embrace and model Nanogirl Labs’ values.

  • Be inclusive of all team members – demonstrate that you value their strengths and contribution to the team, and expect the same.

  • Help out. We are a small team, and while our focus is on our own roles we are all expected to ‘muck in’ and get the job done when needed.

Availability and Flexibility

As a casual employee, you’ll be committed, motivated and flexible.  You’ll also be

  • Available for a minimum of two weekends per month

  • Available weekdays with reasonable notice

  • Able to provide accurate availability information three months in advance

Key Competencies for the Role

We look for people with special characteristics first, then skills second.  We look for curious intelligence, personality, confidence, kindness, empathy, integrity, self-awareness, work ethic and tons of initiative. If that’s you, that’s a great start.

Here’s what else we’re looking for:

  • Restricted or Full Drivers License - Ability to transport yourself to and from parties with easy access to a reliable vehicle

  • Technically competent – You have a deep understanding of scientific processes and understand the technical aspects of your craft inside and out.

  • Strong communicator – You know how to get a message across, and understand that nuance matters in communication.  You listen well – you love to understand your audience and your subject.

  • Mission-driven – It matters to you that your work will contribute to a mission that matters.

  • Flexible – Things change, and you are comfortable with that.  You adapt and roll with it, while still making sure you get the job done.

  • Resilient – You persevere to achieve goals, even in the face of obstacles.  You cope effectively with disappointments and setbacks.  You remain calm and in control under pressure.  You accept constructive feedback in an objective manner.

  • Kind – you fit in well with our operating style and values.

  • Self-motivated – you love making things happen and don’t need close supervision to deliver.

  • Super organised - you bring a systematic approach to your work that makes it easy and delightful for others to work with you.

  • Inquisitive -  you’ll ask questions and bring a sense of wonder to what you do

  • Patient -  you will be working with children - you must be patient and expect the unexpected.

  • Reliable -  we are counting on you to turn up on time and to be an incredible Ambassador for our brand.

…. And maybe you’ll have some amazing and valuable skill/experience that we haven’t even thought of that would make you great at this job. We still want to talk to you.

About the Company

Nanogirl Labs is on a mission to change the world! We inspire, educate and empower through STEM—science, technology, engineering and maths. We are curious and passionate and through our work combine our love of science and technology with a deep love of people and a belief in their potential. One key mission that drives us is the belief that everyone, everywhere, should have access to quality STEM education, and that the future of our communities depends on that mission. To make that happen, we create surprising, delightful and impactful experiences that are both educational and entertaining.

We’re a company deeply focused on our mission, and in everything we say or do, we are:

  • Friendly – We strive to be a highlight in someone’s day

  • Generous – We look to deliver surprise and delight moments

  • Energetic – We have a lot to achieve, and an exciting mission

  • Efficient – We set good expectations and deliver on them

  • Effective – We do what we say we’ll do, and a bit more

  • Responsible – We own our mistakes and put things right

  • Grateful – We value and appreciate the time people give to help us with our mission

  • Understanding – We have empathy and are considerate

  • Inclusive – We welcome and celebrate differences.

  • Learning – We can always be better, and we find the learning opportunities in all that we do

  • Honest – We value our integrity above all else

We are a socially conscious business.  We assess and care for our impact, alongside our profitability, and actively seek ways to engage and educate those who might otherwise be left behind.

How to Apply

Send your CV to and let us know why you believe you would be a great fit for our team!

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