The Vancouver Water Monitoring Assistant is a part-time position with Swim Drink Fish, working with Fraser Riverkeeper in Vancouver. The Assistant will collect, analyze, and process recreational water quality samples. Reporting to the Vancouver Program Manager, the Assistant will work in the field and at our in-house laboratory on Granville Island. There will be a larger time commitment at the beginning of the contract during September, up to 20 hours per week. In October, the work hours will transition to 4-6 hours per week on Sundays and Mondays until around February 2021. Here's more about the role and how to apply: 


Vancouver Water Monitoring Assistant

LOCATION: Vancouver, BC
Position Type: 4-20 hours/week
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Wage: $15-20/hour commensurate with experience
Start Date: Immediately.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collecting water samples at Vancouver beaches and recreational water zones (e.g., False Creek)
  • Other monitoring activities, including field reports, sample processing.
  • Supporting Swim Drink Fish’s programs including Blue Flag Canada and the Vancouver Water Monitoring Program.
  • Fostering relationships with other monitoring organizations including Pacific Spirit Park Society.


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 excellent organizational and planning skills;
  • You are committed to accurate, accountable, and detailed fieldwork and data collection;
  • You are passionate about protecting waterways;
  • You are a team player, with a positive attitude who is cooperative, and helpful;
  • You are an independent problem-solver;
  • You are based in Metro Vancouver;
  • You have access to a car and a valid BC driver’s license;
  • You are available to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings.

How to apply:

Email the following information to [email protected] with the subject “Vancouver Water Monitoring Assistant - 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)

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.

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. We use citizen science and communications technology to inspire people just like you to know and safeguard your local waters. In 2011, Swim Drink Fish Canada built and launched Swim Guide. ( 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 U.S., Mexico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ireland, France, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, and Kenya. There are over 5 million users worldwide. In 2019 Swim Drink Fish became the Canadian coordinator of the Blue Flag certification program for environmentally-friendly beaches, boats, and marinas. In 2020, 38 beaches and marinas across Canada were awarded Blue Flag certification. Swim Drink Fish advises new and existing Blue Flag applicants in Canada and is looking to expand the program to western Canada.

Fraser Riverkeeper, a partner of Swim Drink Fish, is a registered charity established in 2004.



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