Waterkeeper is seeking a Water Literacy coordinator for a twelve-month, full-time contract to help develop and launch a water awareness and education program.
This position, funded in part by the EYC Internship Program, is a perfect opportunity for someone passionate about protecting Canadian waters and eager to engage with post-secondary students and recreational water users.
Waterkeeper is looking for a motivated individual with a background in biology, ecology, or similar environmental specialty and an interest in environmental education and public engagement.
The Water Literacy Coordinator will work with the Waterkeeper team to develop online and in-person educational messages and resources that will help Canadians better understand the watersheds where they live. Ultimately, the Coordinator will help to inspire thousands of people to become stewards of swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.
The Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day execution of the project in each of its three stages.
In Stage 1 (April - June), water literacy materials and resources will be created to help youth and newcomer (i) identify the watershed they live in; (ii) identify the source(s) of drinking water where they live; (iii) identify locations where they can access and use the water for recreational purposes; (iv) accurately identify species that live in the watershed and develop a general understanding of where they live them; (v) understand the connection between local food supply and the watershed; (vi) identify, document, and report threats to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
In Stage 2 (July - March), the Coordinator will work with senior staff at the organization to coordinate a 6-month pilot project in which Water Literacy resources and messages are presented and tested for a variety of audiences (with an emphasis on youth ages 18-25 and newcomers). Summer will emphasize online outreach to the recreational water user community. Fall and winter will focus on two campus tours. The Coordinator will help to book presentation and media opportunities, engage with students, and conduct follow-up literacy promotion activities.
In Stage 3 (March 2017), the Coordinator will evaluate the program and develop recommendations and resources for Year 2.
Required skills and experience
To apply for the position, you must have the following qualifications:
- Have a strong understanding of the Great Lakes ecosystem (knowledge of other major Canadian watersheds is an asset);
- Enjoy spending time on the water and be able to act as an ambassador for a water-friendly lifestyle;
- Be detail-oriented, able to organize information and content;
- Have strong professional communications skills, capable of handling outreach to school organizations and media;
- Be able to write effective emails and briefing notes;
- Have a background in education or experiencing leading small groups;
- Have at least one year’s work experience in a nonprofit or educational setting.
Other Requirements of the EYC Internship Program
- Have a degree or certificate from a post-secondary institution;
- Be 30 years old or younger at the time of the internship;
- Have not participated previously in a federal youth employment or education program;
- Be eligible to work in Canada.
- Compensation and hours
This full-time position will pay $31,000 - $35,000 based on the candidate’s level of experience.
How to apply
To apply, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Water Literacy Coordinator application - Your Name”
- A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Waterkeeper team (Note: We are passionate about swimmable, drinkable, fishable water and our websites are critical to our mission; this letter is the best place to show us that you’ll be a great member of our close-knit team.)
- Your resumé.
- Names and contact information for two references.
This position must be filled by March 31, 2016.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of the Toronto community, and to the equitable representation of women, aboriginal peoples, and members of a visible minority group.
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ABOUT LAKE ONTARIO WATERKEEPER:
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW) is a growing charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. Our programs bring together law, science, culture, and digital media in order to connect and empower people to restore polluted places, protect human health, and promote thriving natural spaces.