North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper in partnership with Swim Drink Fish Canada is seeking a Water Literacy coordinator for a full-time contract to help develop and launch a water awareness and community engagement program in Edmonton.
This position is a perfect opportunity for someone passionate about protecting Edmonton-area waters and eager to engage with the community. We are looking for a motivated individual with knowledge of basic water literacy concepts (watershed, drinking water quality, swimming and boat access locations, plants and animals in the watershed, etc.) and excellent communications skills.
The Water Literacy Coordinator will work with the Swim Drink Fish Canada teams (based in Toronto and Vancouver) to develop and deliver online and in-person educational messages, presentations and resources that will help Edmonton-area residents better understand the watershed they live in. Ultimately, the Coordinator will help to inspire thousands of people in the Edmonton area to become stewards of swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.
Responsibilities and Project Timeline
You will oversee the organization’s main program on a full-time basis, including:
In Stage 1 (April – mid-May), the Coordinator will familiarize themselves with all swimming and recreational water access points in the Saskatchewan River watershed and update Swim Guide locations and monitoring information for the 2017 summer season (www.theswimguide.org). The Coordinator will also identify key recreational water access points in Edmonton and establish a water quality monitoring program to test for bacteria pollution.
In Stage 2 (mid-May – June), the Coordinator will launch the water quality sampling program and begin regular Swim Guide updates as regions come online for the summer. The Coordinator will develop a water literacy presentation that describes the Saskatchewan River watershed, its environmental and social history, its current uses, its ecological health, and current issues of interest to the public. Using available resources, the Coordinator will familiarize themselves with the swimmability, drinkability, and fishability of the region. By this stage, the Coordinator will begin collecting Watermark stories from members of the community (www.watermarkproject.ca).
In Stage 3 (July – August), the Coordinator will manage the water quality monitoring program, recruit volunteers to assist as necessary, and build the collection of Watermark stories in the Edmonton community. During this stage, the Coordinator will begin booking water literacy presentations for the fall. Most presentations will be geared towards youth in the Edmonton area.
In Stage 4 (September – March), the Water Literacy Coordinator will engage the community in water literacy activities and build Watermark collections that document knowledge and perspectives in the community.
In Stage 5, the Coordinator will report on the project’s impact and develop a strategy and recommendations for the next phase of the project.
Throughout the project, the Water Literacy Coordinator will be responsible for curating and publishing Watermarks to the Watermark Project website (http://www.watermarkproject.ca), managing North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper’s social media presence, blogging regularly, sending email updates to Riverkeeper’s subscriber list, reporting on project impact to the Board of Directors and to the project funds (RBC and TELUS), and helping to secure additional grant and individual donor support for water literacy work in Edmonton.
Required skills and experience
- A strong understanding of Alberta’s ecosystems with an emphasis on the Saskatchewan River (knowledge of other major Canadian watersheds is also an asset)
- Enjoy spending time on the water and be able to act as an ambassador for an active, water-friendly lifestyle
- Be familiar with WordPress, know how to post and edit content
- Have some experience engaging the community through social media
- Be detail-oriented, able to organize information and content
- Have strong professional communications skills, capable of handling outreach to school organizations, media, board members, and other constituents
- Familiarity with database systems such as Salesforce is desired, but not required
- Be able to write effective emails and briefing notes for board and funders
- Have a background in education or experience leading small groups/ teams
- Have at least one year’s work experience in a nonprofit or educational setting
- Bi-lingual preferred, but not required
This is a full-time, contract position in Edmonton. The position is open now, and applications will be reviewed as they arrive.
Please send a cover letter ASAP to:
In your cover letter, please state clearly why you believe you are a great candidate for this position and why you want to work for Swim Drink Fish Canada. Note: Cover letters are very important to us.
Founded in 2009, North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper’s mission is to restore, preserve, and protect the quality and biodiversity of our watershed through actions that inform and connect our community with the North Saskatchewan River. For more information, visit: http://saskriverkeeper.ca/.
Founded in 2001, 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. For more information, visit: www.theswimguide.org and www.watermarkproject.ca.