Summer Water Literacy Assistant - Toronto
Swim Drink Fish Canada is seeking a Summer Water Literacy Assistant for an 8-week contract to help with water awareness and community engagement in Toronto.
This position is a perfect opportunity for someone passionate about protecting Toronto-area waters and eager to engage with the community. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and retain excellent communications skills.
The Summer Water Literacy Assistant will be based in Toronto and work with the Swim Drink Fish Canada team to assist with online and in-person educational messages and resources that will help Toronto residents better understand the watershed they live in. Ultimately, the Assistant will help to inspire thousands of people in the Toronto area to become stewards of swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.
Responsibilities and Project Timeline
The Water Literacy Assistant will have three responsibilities:
- 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.
- Assist with Watermark story collection and education programs offered at festivals and events where Watermark is participating.
- Publish approximately 1,000 Watermarks to the archive and ensure data are tagged and archived correctly.
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 Toronto 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 in Toronto. The position is open now, and applications will be reviewed as they arrive.
Please send a cover letter and resumé by June 09, 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.
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