We're hiring! Summer Program Assistant- Vancouver

Posted by · May 17, 2018 at 12:08 PM


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Summer Program Assistant

8-week full-time contract, 30 hours/week

As Summer Program Assistant you will represent Fraser Riverkeeper at water-related events throughout Metro Vancouver and across the watershed. You will support Fraser Riverkeeper's Campaign for Water Literacy in Vancouver and build connections with people, groups, and businesses who use and love BC’s waterways. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about water with a natural ability to connect with the public on a personal level.

Tasks and responsibilities

Outreach and Engagement

  • Attend and assist with a series of water-based community outreach events throughout the summer (evenings and weekends included) to help educate and engage our community of recreational water users.
    • Pop-up booths to recruit volunteers, build awareness of recreation opportunities, and water stewardship needs;
    • Presentations to stakeholders, and community members such as marinas, boating clubs, and recreational water groups in order to teach concepts of “water literacy”;
    • Relationship building and follow up engagement with volunteers, supporters, and prospective water stewards including ongoing documentation and communications.
  • Assist with promotion of Swim Guide, an easy-to-use free smart phone app service that provides citizens with daily and weekly updates on locations, closures, swim advisories, pollution and water-quality issues at over 400 beaches in BC.
  • Disseminate marketing materials and educational resources to support community and volunteer engagement activities.


  • Collect Watermarks (personal multimedia water stories) from participants and community members across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser River Watershed as part of WatermarkProject.ca. This is a flagship initiative of Swim Drink Fish Canada to help build a narrative and movement of people who are connected to local water bodies and empowered to protect “swimmable, drinkable, fishable” water for everyone.
  • Provide on-site and “from the field” pictures and videos for our social media profiles.
  • Assist the Outreach Coordinator with curating content for and updating Fraser Riverkeeper’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as Fraser Riverkeeper’s website.
  • Assist with monthly blogs and e-newsletters to Fraser Riverkeeper’s network of supporters, with support from Outreach Coordinator.
  • Assist in development and implementation of communications plan with support from Outreach Coordinator.

Administrative Support

  • Update donor and volunteer databases following outreach events and opportunities
  • Assist with file management

You are the ideal candidate for the position if you:

  • would love to spend your summer talking to the community and sharing their important water stories;
  • enjoy spending time on the Fraser River and Vancouver waterfront (swimming, paddling, sailing, fishing, etc);
  • are working towards a post-secondary degree in environmental sciences, biology, sustainability communications, education, or public relations. This position is interdisciplinary in nature and will require you to expand your knowledge of our local environment as well as draw upon communication, public speaking, and outreach skills in this forward-facing role. A demonstrated interested in science communications, whether derived from a science or arts background, is key;
  • posses both the ability to work as part of a team and under one’s own initiative;
  • have strong interpersonal, communication, and networking skills;
  • have a desire and willingness to learn how to use CRM database software such as Nationbuilder and Salesforce;
  • have solid writing and organization abilities;
  • have experience with facilitation and public speaking;
  • are comfortable using social media platforms to engage a wide audience;
  • have a full, valid Class 5 license (access to a vehicle is a bonus but not required);
  • based in Metro Vancouver.

Other Information:

Hours: 30 hours/week. Must be available some evenings and weekends.
Hourly rate: $12.65
Location: Based in Vancouver with possible travel to other communities on the BC coast and within the Fraser River watershed.

Our funding requires that you are returning to school in September 2018 and are under the age of 30.

Fraser Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of the Vancouver community. Indigenous Peoples, members of a visible minority group, LGBTQ persons, and people from other historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Email the following information to molly@swimdrinkfish.ca with the subject “Summer Program Assistant - Your Name”

  1. A brief letter that describes what is motivating you to apply for this role, how you heard about the position, and why you would make a great addition to the Fraser Riverkeeper team (Note: this letter is the best place to show us that you’ll be a great member of our close-knit team).
  2. Your resumé (Note: we will consider all relevant work/life experience, skills, and training that are related to the position regardless of how these were acquired).
  3. Names and contact information for two references (Note: we are open to both work and character references).
  4. Optional: Any accommodations you may require during the hiring and interview process.

Apply by June 5th, 2018; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply early.

Sorry, but we can only respond to those candidates selected for an interview.


Fraser Riverkeeper (FRK) is a non-profit registered charity, and partner of Swim Drink Fish Canada.  Based in Vancouver and founded in 2004, our programs bring together law, research, citizen engagement, and digital media to empower residents of the Fraser River watershed and coastal B.C.  We provide tools for water literacy and leadership, enabling local citizens to restore polluted places, protect human health, and ensure a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future in BC.

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