Fraser Riverkeeper is a non-profit registered Canadian charity dedicated to ensuring the natural right of all citizens to safely swim, drink and fish in BC waters. We are one of nine Waterkeeper organizations in Canada, and the only one in British Columbia.
Located in Vancouver, Fraser Riverkeeper was first incorporated in 2004 and officially launched in 2007 with the goal to ensure that our rivers, lakes, streams and beaches exist for generations to come as thriving ecosystems for both humans and wildlife. Since then our staff and volunteers have been hard at work standing up for the health of our waterways; educating and activating the community. Fraser Riverkeeper runs projects locally and provincially, as well as nationally with support from our fellow Canadian Waterkeepers as a member of the Swim Drink Fish community.
Job Description: Swimmable Water Ambassador 2016
Keeping recreational water users healthy on the water, creating and promoting opportunities for people to get outside and connect with their watershed, and helping individuals and groups to develop water leadership skills are the three pillars of our swimmable water programs.
As summer is the height of recreational water use in BC, there is a lot of work to do. We are looking for a Swimmable Water Ambassador to represent Fraser Riverkeeper and our swimmable water work out in the community. This is an ideal position for a young leader with a background in environmental communications, public engagement, and/or marketing.
Swimmable Water Ambassador responsibilities:
As Swimmable Water Ambassador you will support Fraser Riverkeeper's recreational water protection programs and build connections with people, groups, and businesses who use and love BC’s Waterways. You will disseminate vital information about recreational water quality to Vancouver-area communities. Additionally, you will be responsible for keeping our Swim Guide app and website up to date with current water quality. And, finally, you will represent Fraser Riverkeeper at water-related events throughout Vancouver and across the watershed, collecting water stories from community members as part of the Watermark Project.
Our work is focused in Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley, so extra emphasis will be placed on activities that strengthen Vancouver’s community of recreational water users and promote our recreational water locally.
● Connect and share water quality information with stakeholders impacted by recreational water quality across BC.
● Engage citizens, organizations, and businesses in issues related to recreational water quality.
● Identify and help arrange summer tabling/engagement opportunities.
● Attend and table at scheduled events from June to August (evenings and weekends required).
● Act as an in-person ambassador for Fraser Riverkeeper, Swim Guide, and the Watermark Project.
● Provide on-site and “from the field” pictures and videos for our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
● Delight booth and table attendees at events with information about the Fraser River and its watershed.
● Update Swim Guide in the morning, seven days a week, to provide thousands of people with up-to-date beach water quality information in BC.
● Collect personal water stories, or "Watermarks" from community members across Greater Vancouver and the Fraser River watershed.
You are an ideal candidate for this position if:
● You are interested in recreational water quality issues.
● You would love to spend your summer talking to the community about swimmable water.
● You are comfortable talking about sewage, water quality, and health issues related to contaminated water.
● You have a great work ethic and are able to accomplish tasks on time and independently.
● It’s important to you to help people understand how recreational water activities can impact their health, both positively and negatively.
● You are articulate and outgoing.
● You are happy and able to work evenings and weekends when required for public events.
● You love spending time on the Fraser River and/or Vancouver waterfront (swimming, paddling, sailing, fishing, etc)
● You are comfortable using computers.
● You have a proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
● You have strong Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram skills
● You have a full, valid Class 5 licence (access to a vehicle is a bonus but not required)
● You’re based in Metro Vancouver
Our funding requires that you are returning to school in September 2016 and are under the age of 30.
Each application must include 1 copy of the following documents:
• A cover letter that describes why you would make a great Swimmable Water Ambassador (Note: This is our favourite part of the application - we look for style, personality, spelling, grammar, and your perspective on the job description.)
• Your resumé
• Names and contact information for two references.
Please submit your application as soon as possible to:
Re: Swimmable Water Ambassador Position
The position runs from June 1st to August 31st, and applications will be reviewed as they arrive.
Sorry, but we can only respond to those candidates selected for an interview.
Fraser Riverkeeper is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of the Vancouver community, and to the equitable representation of women, aboriginal peoples, and members of a visible minority group.
Hours: 35 hours/week. Must be available some evenings and weekends.
Start and End Date: June 1 - August 31, 2016
Location: Based in Vancouver with possible travel to other communities within the Lower Fraser Valley.