Position Type: 37.5 hours/week combination work from home, field, lab, and office.

Location: Granville Island, Vancouver

Wage: $40,000 commensurate with experience

Start Date: January 2022

End Date: December 2022 with possibility of extension

Community Science Coordinator

The Vancouver Community Science Coordinator is a full-time position with Swim Drink Fish, working with the subsidiary charity Fraser Riverkeeper in Vancouver. The Coordinator will run our two main community science programs: the Vancouver Plastic Cleanup and the Vancouver Water Monitoring Program. The Vancouver Plastic Cleanup is cleaning up Vancouver’s waterways using trash trapping technologies to remove floatable plastics, microplastics, and other debris. The Monitoring Program is a year-round community science recreational water quality monitoring program in Vancouver’s False Creek. Reporting to the Vancouver Program Manager, the Community Science Coordinator will work on-site and closely with the tight-knit Swim Drink Fish team in Vancouver and across the country.

Duties include execution of a recreational water sampling program, volunteer management, overseeing the expansion to external satellite partners, event planning, collection and sharing of environmental data, Swim Guide user engagement, and the creation of a report following our first year of monitoring with recommendations. This role is ideal for a candidate looking for a social environment with an interest in field data collection and a passion for environmental protection. Approximately half of the work responsibilities are behind a computer and the other half in the field and laboratory.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leading all logistics associated with the execution and expansion of a community-based water quality monitoring program in accordance with established program timelines and strategies;
  • Management of an in-house microbiological laboratory using an IDEXX Colilert system for testing E. coli levels in water;
  • Collaborate with the Swim Guide team in the development of water monitoring protocols and supporting materials;
  • Execution of fieldwork and water sample collection including scheduling and transportation logistics;
  • Record-keeping, data-entry, and paperwork associated with the operation of water quality monitoring activities;
  • Data collection oversight by community partners, analysis, and data sharing on Swim Guide (www.theswimguide.org) and recreationalwater.ca/vancouver;
  • Training and oversight of external monitoring partners;
  • Maintaining an inventory of lab supplies, ordering supplies throughout the year from IDEXX, Fischer Sci, Thermo Scientific, etc., and managing Stericycle and Terracycle pickups;
  • Planning and executing community engagement in monitoring activities including sample collection, field reports, sample processing, and event support;
  • Recruiting, training, coordinating, and retaining volunteers for involvement in field work, water sample collection, pollution identification and reporting, lab work, and related water stewardship activities;
  • Planning and executing events related to Vancouver Community Monitoring Program including a one-year report launch event, events with partners and program supporters, and an end-of-season volunteer appreciation event;
  • Developing and disseminating ongoing public communications via social media, the Swim Guide platform, print, other SDF platforms. The Coordinator will work with the communications team to maintain an active and engaging social media presence that shares the ongoing activities of Swim Guide Program with a growing online community;
  • Executing a post-season survey of volunteer experiences;
  • Compiling a final report of sample results, volunteer engagement, field reports, and Environmental Health and Safety Survey;
  • Attending meetings as a representative of Swim Drink Fish Vancouver with stakeholders and stakeholder groups related to water quality, Vancouver watersheds, and water monitoring in Vancouver;
  • Presenting water literacy and/or Fraser Riverkeeper programming to the public via online webinar or in-person events;
  • On-the-ground oversight of the Vancouver Plastic Cleanup (VPC), including bi-weekly waste characterization of VPC seabins on Granville Island, coordination of volunteer programming, and communication between partners involved;
  • Planning and executing events related to Vancouver Plastic Cleanup.


Knowledge and skills

  • Only candidates with these qualifications will be considered for the position:
  • You are familiar with recreational water quality issues and have the ability to quickly learn common terms and background on issues affecting beach water quality;
  • You have exceptional organizational and planning skills;
  • You have a keen attention to detail;
  • You are committed to accurate, accountable, and detailed fieldwork and data collection;
  • You are a skilled communicator with experience working with partners across a variety of cities and cultures;
  • You are comfortable working outdoors in adverse weather conditions;
  • You have experience writing and creating presentations;
  • You are a team player, with a positive attitude who is cooperative, and helpful;
  • You are an independent problem-solver;
  • You are very comfortable with computers, databases, and/or information management;
  • You are passionate about protecting waterways;
  • You are based in Metro Vancouver.

Other Beneficial Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in non-profit organizations;
  • Experience using NationBuilder, Salesforce, or other related CRM software, or a desire and willingness to learn;
  • You have experience using social media platforms to engage a wide audience;
  • Experience in volunteer management;
  • Experience in photography;
  • Access to a vehicle and have a valid BC driver’s license.
  • Access to a working computer, internet, and phone.


Education required

Suitable candidates will hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Comparable qualifications or work experience are equally considered. Candidates will have a combination of technical skills and community engagement skills that meet the demands of community-based monitoring activities. A passion for water stewardship together with interest and experience in a variety of water recreation activities is essential. Additionally, candidates must be available to work flexible hours including evening and weekend community engagement activities.

How to apply:

Email the following information to [email protected] with the subject “Vancouver Community Monitoring Coordinator - Your Name”

  1. A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Swim Drink Fish team (Note: We are passionate about swimmable, drinkable, fishable water and our platforms are critical to our mission; 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. A sample of your writing.


Swim Drink Fish is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to having a skilled workforce reflective of the Vancouver community. BIPOC applicants, members of a visible minority group, LGBTQ persons, and people from other historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized applicants.

Apply by January 3rd, 2021

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Sorry, but we can only respond to those candidates selected for an interview.


About Swim Drink Fish Canada:

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.
In 2011, Swim Drink Fish Canada built and launched Swim Guide. (www.theswimguide.org). Swim Guide is a smartphone app that shows you your closest beaches and tells you whether or not the water is clean enough to swim. Swim Guide has been expanding rapidly to include 8,000 beaches all over Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, Australia, and New Zealand. We count nearly 8 million individual users.

Fraser Riverkeeper, a subsidiary of Swim Drink Fish, is a registered charity established in 2004. Fraser Riverkeeper was the first organization to pilot Swim Guide in 2011.


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