PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Swim Guide
SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA (formerly 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.
In 2011, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper built and launched Swim Guide (www.theswimguide.org). Swim Guide is a smartphone app that shows you your closest beaches and tells you whether or not the water is clean enough to swim. Swim Guide has been expanding rapidly to include beaches all over Canada and the United States, as well as Baja and New Zealand. We count over 1 million individual users. We are seeking a Swim Guide Assistant to help us manage data and information related to more than 7,000 beaches in four countries, to help support Swim Guide affiliates, and to create and manage content for online resources, newsletters, and social media.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Swim Guide Assistant (Student Position)
The Swim Guide Assistant will be tasked with updating beach and water quality information for the Swim Guide Website and App daily during the height of beach monitoring season (Memorial Day - Labour Day). The Swim Guide is an online resource that provides 1,000,000 users with access to the latest water quality monitoring results for over 7,000 of beaches in 4 countries.
The Swim Guide Assistant will also help execute social media campaigns that promote Swim Guide, beaches, and relevant recreational water quality to festival participants.
The Swim Guide Assistant will maintain and add new beaches to the Swim Guide directory. The Swim Guide Assistant will create reports using Swim Guide data, that will be used in research such as the Canada Beach Report, and the Great Lakes Beach Report, and reports on local beaches to help the public understand water quality. The Swim Guide Assistant will also research and write copy related to beaches and water quality for Swim Guide’s “Beach Basics”. Swim Guide “Beach Basics” series educates beach goers about health and safety, environmental issues related to recreational water, nature, swimming, and water sports.
French and/or Spanish language skills would be an asset: There is a need for French or Spanish copy for Beach Basics educational content. There is also the opportunity for the Swim Guide Assistant to translate existing content to French and/or Spanish.
There is an opportunity for the Swim Guide Assistant to engage in community outreach locally, as a Swim Guide Ambassador, promoting the importance of access to recreational water quality information, as well to beaches. This would take place at public events and festivals in Toronto including MEC Paddlefest, the Swim Drink Fish Arts Festival (a Canada 150-funded event), and the Toronto Island Lake Swim (Toronto’s largest open water swim festival).
The Swim Guide Assistant will report to the Swim Guide Program Manager. The assistant will work in the same open concept office with the Manager and have constant access to the Manager, and to all staff.
This position is for a full-time student with a passion for community management, mobile technology, swimming and recreational water use, and a desire to assist nonprofit organizations achieve their clean water goals.
Ensure that water quality information in Swim Guide is up to date at all times, which will require developing a sophisticated understanding of water quality monitoring practices across throughout the USA and Canada.
Connect with and assisting organizations using the Swim Guide platform (Affiliates);
Help Affiliate programs to help promote their work;
Ensure accuracy and quality of beach information in Swim Guide;
Conduct training sessions with Affiliates;
Respond to any technical questions or comments from Swim Guide users;
Provide information for monthly Affiliate email updates;
Add or update missing beaches in regions managed by Swim Guide; and,
Creating one blog post / week that promotes awareness of our Affiliates, their programs, their goals, achievements, and recreational water quality issues.
Translation of existing content to French and/or Spanish.
Because beach updates must be done daily, this is a 5-day per week commitment.
Desired Skills and Experience
As the Swim Guide Assistant, you will be part of a close-knit team of dedicated staff working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. You are our ideal candidate if:
You are a skilled communicator with experience working with partners across a variety of cities and cultures;
You have a passion for writing for web and creating presentations;
You are an effective copy-editor with strong written language skills;
You have a keen attention to detail;
You are very comfortable with computers, databases, and/or information management;
You are committed to accurate, accountable, and thorough data collection;
You are familiar with recreational water quality issues or have the ability to quickly learn common terms and background on issues affecting beach water quality;
You take initiative;
You are a team player, with a positive attitude who is cooperative, and helpful;
You are an independent problem-solver;
You are interested in social media and blogging;
You are passionate about protecting waterways; and,
You speak and write English fluently; bilingual in French and/or Spanish preferred.
This is a full-time contract for 4 months (May- September). The position may become a permanent position in the future.
Starting salary = $15/hour
- Be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
- Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
- Is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
- Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*
- Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations
Areas of Study
Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, etc. The position will teach the student about a variety of water-related topics including ecosystems and biodiversity.
Marketing. The position will teach the student a variety of marketing skills, ranging from service design to email communications and metrics.
English, Journalism, PR. The position will help the student develop strong research and writing skills, with particular emphasis on writing for the web and writing for general audiences.
How to apply
Email the following information to email@example.com with the subject “Swim Guide Assistant - Your Name”
A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Swim Guide 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, including where you went to school, your development skills, and a list of projects or links to your portfolio.
Names and contact information for two references.
A sample of your writing and/or translation.
Swim Drink Fish Canada 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.
Sorry, but we can only respond to those candidates selected for an interview.