Waterkeeper is seeking a Swimmable Water Policy Intern for a full-time summer contract. This position is perfect for a policy or law student who has excellent research, communication, and writing skills. By the end of the summer, you will have developed a deep understanding of law and policy that protect recreational water users and have helped to produce two reports.
The Swimmable Water Policy Intern has four responsibilities:
- To help update Swim Guide beach water quality information daily;
- To educate recreational water users in Toronto about sewage issues and teach them to document and report threats to swimmable water;
- To process pollution reports and interview recreational water users in the Toronto area in order to create an evidence-based record of the impact of sewage and stormwater pollution;
- To research and write Canada’s first “Beach Report”, which will list official beaches across Canada, water quality monitoring agencies/ organizations, the array of water quality standards that apply in each jurisdiction, monitoring frequencies, as well as the availability of information to the general public.
Required skills and experience
To apply for the position, you must be:
- 30 years old or younger at the time of the internship;
- Returning to school in Fall 2016;
- Interested in a career in environmental law, policy, science, or similar field;
- An excellent researcher;
- Able to write effectively for both policy and general audiences;
- Familiar with environmental law and policy as it relates to recreational water users (e.g., Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines, Ontario Beach Management Protocol). Additional training will be provided;
- Familiar with the ways municipal sewage and stormwater systems impact water quality. Additional training will be provided;
Compensation and hours
This full-time summer position begins in early June and ends in late August. Funding has been provided by the Martin Family and Bickell Foundation. Additional funding may be provided by the Canada Summer Jobs program.
How to apply
To apply, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Policy Intern 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 water and protecting recreational water users; this letter is the best place to show us that you’ll be an asset to our policy team.)
- Your resumé.
- Names and contact information for two references.
Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
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.