Fraser Riverkeeper is hiring a Communications Coordinator! This exciting new role will be focused on connecting our community with our programs, news, updates and various communications. In addition, the role will support the operations of our Water Monitoring, Water Literacy, Swim Guide, and Watermark programs. There will be opportunities to get out on the water, spend time in the field, and engage with our community at various events. Here's more about the role and how to apply: 

Communications Coordinator

Position Type: 32 hours/week

Location: Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

Salary: $34,000/year

Start Date: June 15, 2020

Length of Contract: 12 months with possibility of extension


About Swim Drink Fish and Fraser Riverkeeper

Swim Drink Fish Canada is a growing 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 and Edmonton.

Our tight-knit team is looking for a passionate Communications Coordinator to help grow our digital community in B.C. by undertaking key content development, marketing, communication, and design responsibilities, while also supporting our water monitoring program. This role will be reporting to and working closely with the Program Manager, to expand our digital reach and assist with sampling and processing our water quality samples. This is the perfect role for someone who has a deep love of water and science with a natural ability to connect with the public on a personal level.

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.



  • Create and carry out long-term communications strategies

  • Write, edit, and design online and hardcopy communication pieces

  • Write and edit compelling content for print, web, and other online communications

  • Manage, curate, implement, and evaluate content for Fraser Riverkeeper’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube) and website

  • Capture on-site and “from the field” pictures and videos

  • Identify and capture engaging stories that illustrate the impact and importance of our work

  • Plan, manage, and create weekly blogs and quarterly email newsletters for Fraser Riverkeeper’s network of supporters

  • Attend outreach events to promote 

Content and Graphic Design

  • Design and develop digital assets for blogs, newsletters, website, and social media

  • Contribute to, and help maintain, a resource book of “tools” for publications (e.g. photos, clip art, computer images) and archives

  • Maintain website design and operations, updating images and graphics frequently

  • Attend and assist with a series of community outreach events throughout the year (with some evenings and weekends included) to develop content to educate and engage our online community

  • Carry out follow up engagement for relationship building with volunteers, supporters, and prospective water stewards including ongoing documentation and communications

Data Management

  • Manage online files and file transfer between databases in online storage and file transfer between database managers and website

  • Update donor and volunteer databases following outreach events and opportunities

  • Work with other team members to maintain an organized online filing system


  • Writing emails and letters to potential donors

  • Support the Program Manager by identifying sources of foundational funding

  • Supporting with grant proposals


  • Assist in collecting, processing, and analyzing water quality samples

  • Support updating water quality results on the Swim Guide


  • Assist in filing and office maintenance.

**Note: This job may require other responsibilities**


Knowledge and Skills


  • 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.)

  • Experience using NationBuilder, Salesforce, or other related CRM software, or a desire and willingness to learn

  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently as well as effectively with a small team and volunteers

  • Experience using social media platforms to engage a wide audience

  • Photography experience, or a desire and willingness to learn and improve

  • Based in Metro Vancouver

  • An interest in citizen science, nature, and the Fraser River watershed and its surrounding waters

Added bonus

  • Video editing skills (Final Cut or Adobe Premiere)

  • Multi-lingual

  • Coding in HTML and/or CSS

  • Experience writing grants

  • Experience using Adobe Suite programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

  • Experience with environmental monitoring


Applicants must meet ECO Canada’s Science Horizons Internship Program requirements: 

  • 30 years of age or younger

  • Currently unemployed or under-employed

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status

  • Intend to lead an environmental career in STEM or natural resources

  • Have not previously participated in a federal youth employment program

  • Graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution with a 2 year diploma or 4 year degree


Education Required

A post-secondary degree in communications, graphic design, marketing, public relations, journalism, education, environment, science, or a related discipline. This position is interdisciplinary in nature and a demonstrated interest in science communications, whether derived from a science or arts background, is key.


Job Details

Hours: 32 hours/week. Must be available some evenings and weekends.

Location: Based in Vancouver with possible travel to other communities on the BC coast/lower mainland and within the Fraser River watershed and its surrounding waters. Currently, the office is working remotely, with the opportunity to work from our coworking space in Gastown.


How To Apply

Email the following information to [email protected] with the subject “Communications Coordinator Application - Your Name”. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be 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 in British Columbia (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.


Sign up for updates

Take action

Swim Drink Fish
Keep in Touch

Thanks to our supporters

RBC Blue Water Project
Healthy Watersheds Initiative
Salt Water Digital
DM Foundation
Progressive Waste Solutions
Jack Johnson
Dentist on Demand
Golden Properties
Vertex One
Tejas Capital
Seabridge Marine
Cement Association
Fort Capital
Maple Gold
A&F Music
1% for the Planet