Position Type: 35 hours/week
Location: Remote based in the Vancouver region
Salary: $17/hour
Start Date: Early June
Length of Contract: 3 month summer position

About Swim Drink Fish and Fraser Riverkeeper

Swim Drink Fish Canada is a charity dedicated to ensuring swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. By using citizen science and communications technology, we inspire millions of people to know and safeguard their waters. Fraser Riverkeeper is the Vancouver initiative of Swim Drink Fish, working closely with teams in Toronto, Niagara, Kingston, and Zhiibaahaasing First Nation.

We live and work on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations, and we are seeking a candidate to share local traditional ecological knowledge, Coast Salish languages, and Indigenous history of Vancouver’s waters on our digital platforms.

Our tight-knit team is looking for a Communications Specialist to update our platforms including the Fraser Riverkeeper website, Swim Guide beach pages, newsletters, and social media to emphasize BIPOC perspectives on water protection. In this position, the Communications Specialist will research and write online communications related to water monitoring for Fraser Riverkeeper’s blog. Throughout the summer, the Specialist will work to educate the public about aquatic ecology, build an awareness of ongoing challenges to waterbody health and the implications for recreation, ecosystem function, and communities, strengthen community relationships to our local waterbodies, and support a rich culture of water stewardship that unites community members of all backgrounds. This role will be working closely with the Program Manager and our Communications Coordinator. This is the perfect role for an Indigenous candidate with a deep love of water and knowledge of local Indigenous language.

Swim Drink Fish 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. We encourage you to mention in your application if you belong to any historically marginalized groups. We are prioritizing Indigenous candidates for this role.

Responsibilities

Communications

  • Build and maintain relationships with volunteers, supporters, prospective water stewards and community groups through engagements by phone, email, and in person (which is limited during the pandemic).
  • Help to develop and disseminate ongoing public communications via social media, the Fraser Riverkeeper website and blog, and email in alignment with our communication and marketing strategies.
  • Update beach descriptions on Swim Guide to reflect Indigenous language, place names, and history.
    Interview local BIPOC water leaders and feature them on various digital platforms including Swim Guide, Fraser Riverkeeper,

Outreach

  • Develop educational resources that empower the public with knowledge about the state of our waterbodies, the implications for our relationships to these waterbodies, and opportunities to improve their health for aquatic life, recreation, and our community.
  • Identify opportunities to reach new audiences in the community featuring educational materials, Swim Drink Fish Canada’s digital water stewardship tools, information about how to help protect clean water.
  • Promote Swim Guide, an easy-to-use free smart phone app and website that provides citizens with daily and weekly updates on locations, closures, swim advisories, pollution, and water-quality issues at over 400 beaches in BC.

Water Monitoring

  • Learn about Fraser Riverkeeper’s Citizen Science Water Monitoring Program.
  • Join the team of staff and volunteers to help document the program.


Knowledge and Skills

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and retain information
  • Strong storytelling and writing skills: grammar, spelling, and editing
  • Skills in organization and planning
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to use and troubleshoot basic office technology, Google Suite experience (email, calendar, drive, sites, etc.)
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively with a small team and volunteers
  • An interest in citizen science, nature, and the Fraser River watershed and surrounding waters

Added bonus

  • Experience using NationBuilder, Salesforce, or other related CRM software, or a desire and willingness to learn
  • Multi-lingual
  • Experience writing grants
  • Experience with environmental monitoring
  • Experience with SEO (Google Analytics and/or Google Ads)
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Language from British Columbia including but not limited to the hunq’umin’um’ (Halkomelem) language, Squamish language, Sechelt language, and/or the St’át’imcets language


Job Details

Hours: 35 hours/week. Must be available some evenings and weekends.
Location: Currently, staff are working remotely.
A computer will be provided.

Applicants must meet the following Canada Summer Jobs requirements:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How To Apply

Email the following information to [email protected] with the subject “CSJ Communications Specialist Application - Your Name”. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  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 Swim Drink Fish team (Note: this is the best place to demonstrate your writing abilities).
  2. Your resumé, highlighting relevant work/life experience, skills, and training related to the position.
  3. Names and contact information for two references.
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