Swim Drink Fish Canada is seeking a Summer Water Literacy Assistant for an 8-week contract to help develop and launch a water awareness and community engagement program in Kingston and the Islands.
This position is a perfect opportunity for someone passionate about protecting Kingston-area waters and eager to engage with the community. We are looking for a motivated individual that is passionate about community engagement. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and retain excellent communications skills.
The Summer Water Literacy Assistant will be based in Kingston at the Wolfe Island Boat Club and work with the Swim Drink Fish Canada team to deliver online and in-person educational messages, presentations and resources that will help Kingston-area residents better understand the watershed they live in. Ultimately, the Assistant will help to inspire thousands of people in the Kingston and the Islands area to become stewards of swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.
Responsibilities and Project Timeline
The Water Literacy Assistant will have three responsibilities:
1 - Update 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. There are currently no local Swim Guide affiliates in the Kingston community. This will include collecting water samples in the community or working with data provided by local government.
2 - Document local water knowledge and stories of people’s experience with water. The information will be archived by the Watermark Project to help commemorate water’s influence on culture in Canada as well as provide valuable information to researchers and policymakers working to restore Canadian waters.
3 - Manage Watermark story collection and water literacy education programs offered in conjunction with the Wolfe Island Arts Festival. Events from late June to early August, with Canada 150 funding support. These events celebrate arts and culture in the community and the influence of the Great Lakes on local culture.
Throughout the project, the Water Literacy Assistant will be responsible for curating and publishing Watermarks to the Watermark Project website (http://www.watermarkproject.ca).
At the beginning of the work term, the Assistant will also create an education plan and identify 2-3 learning goals. The Assistant will check in with their Manager throughout the summer placement to monitor and report on their progress.
Required skills and experience
To apply for the position, you must have the following qualifications:
- Be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
Have a strong understanding of Eastern Ontario’s ecosystems with an emphasis on the Kingston and Wolfe Island area watersheds (knowledge of other major Canadian watersheds is also an asset)
Enjoy spending time on the water and be able to act as an ambassador for an active, water-friendly lifestyle
Have some experience engaging the community through social media
Be detail-oriented, able to organize information and content
Have strong professional communications skills, capable of handling outreach to school organizations, media, board members, and other constituents
Familiarity with database systems such as Salesforce is desired, but not required
Be able to write effective emails and briefing notes for Board and Funders
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
*Foreign students are not eligible.
This is a full-time, contract position based on Wolfe Island. The position is open now, and applications will be reviewed as they arrive.
Please send a cover letter and resumé by May 20, 2017 to:
In your cover letter, please state clearly why you believe you are a great candidate for this position and why you want to work for Swim Drink Fish Canada. Note: Cover letters are very important to us.
Founded in 2001, Swim Drink Fish Canada 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. For more information, visit: www.theswimguide.org and www.watermarkproject.ca.