Job Posting: Watermark Outreach Coordinator

Join the Team at Fraser Riverkeeper!

Fraser Riverkeeper is seeking a Watermark Outreach Coordinator for a full-time, 9-week contract. This position is a perfect opportunity for someone passionate about protecting Canadian waters and eager to engage with the community.


Fraser Riverkeeper (FRK) is a non-profit registered charity, and a proud member of Canada’s Swim Drink Fish community. Based in Vancouver, FRK was first incorporated in 2004 and officially launched in 2007 by Executive Director Lauren Hornor with the leadership of environmental advocate and legendary trail-blazing prosecutor, the late Doug Chapman. Our programs bring together law, science, digital media, and culture 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 promote swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.


9 week full-time contract, 35 hours/week

Do you love to interview people and engage with the public at community events? This might be the job for you.

Fraser Riverkeeper works alongside Swim Drink Fish Canada to foster a growing movement of active, informed and engaged water leaders across Canada. We accomplish this by using law, research, citizen engagement, and digital media tools, such as the Watermark Project.

The Watermark Project gathers and publishes people’s stories about a body of water that has influenced their lives. It documents the way that water affects people, records valuable local knowledge, and inspires participants to become better stewards of their local waters. This position is a perfect opportunity for someone who is inspired by the idea that real stories from ordinary people can help to shape and protect our water heritage.

Watermark Outreach Coordinator responsibilities:

As Watermark Outreach Coordinator you will represent Fraser Riverkeeper at water-related events throughout Metro Vancouver and across the watershed, collecting water stories from community members as part of the Watermark Project. 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 be responsible for helping to cultivate a strong Watermark social media presence in Vancouver and encouraging others to collect water stories. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about water with a natural ability to connect with the public on a personal level.

Additionally, you will also help staff plan and execute a family-friendly water-based event to celebrate our 10-year anniversary in late August. The event will be held at a Vancouver sailing club and you will be responsible for planning youth-friendly activities; coordinating a large BBQ; managing volunteers; finding creative ways to promote the event to the public; and other related tasks.

Our work is focused in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, so extra emphasis will be placed on activities that strengthen the region's community of recreational water users and promote our recreational waters locally.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Delight booth and table attendees at events with information about BC waters and its threats.
  • Collect personal water stories, or "Watermarks" from community members across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser River watershed.
  • Training others to collect Watermark stories. 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 late June to August (evenings and weekends required).
  • Act as an in-person ambassador for Fraser Riverkeeper and the Watermark Project.
  • Provide on-site and “from the field” pictures and videos for our social media profiles.
  • Ability to plan and execute engagement strategies to maintain relationships with project participants over time.
  • Coordinate, organize and promote our Water Literacy public event in August, paying attention to detail and making sure it’s a success! 

You are an ideal candidate for this position if:

  • You would love to spend your summer talking to the community and sharing their important water stories.
  • You are interested in recreational water quality issues.
  • 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 are organized and motivated You love spending time on the Fraser River and Vancouver waterfront (swimming, paddling, sailing, fishing, etc).
  • You are willing to learn how to use Salesforce CRM software.
  • 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 license (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 2017 and are under the age of 30.

To Apply:

Each application must include 1 copy of the following documents:

  • A cover letter that describes why you would make a great Watermark Outreach Coordinator (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:

Charly Caproff

[email protected]

Re: Watermark Outreach Coordinator Position

Apply by June 28th, 2017; 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.

Other Information: Hours: 35 hours/week. Must be available some evenings and weekends.

Location: Based in Vancouver with possible travel to other communities on the BC coast and within the Fraser River watershed.

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