Career Opportunity


Communications Specialist, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Every day, thousands of people around Lake Ontario connect with their piece of the watershed. They swim and paddle and hike and explore popular and unknown places that are unique to this Great Lake. Sometimes, they find natural wonders. Other times, they find pollution and loss. Fuelled by love for the lake or a desire for environmental justice, people take action to protect the lake they love and need. Their actions shape life on the lake for us all. Their stories need to be told.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is looking for someone who will document people’s experiences around Lake Ontario and efforts underway to save the lake. The Communications Specialist will create a living history of the people and places that shape the region today. They will share those stories online. They will also help to translate science and policy information into plain language and share updates with water users.

The Communications Specialist position is perfect for you if:

  1. You love getting to research and meet people who are making a difference in their communities
  2. You have a strong understanding of Great Lakes issues and policy, or a desire to learn as much as you can about these topics
  3. You enjoy exploring the Lake Ontario region
  4. You are inspired by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s sixteen-year history on the lake and want to help share our knowledge and stories with the world
  5. You write well
  6. You have general website management skills, such as experience with CMS, photo editing, and know basic HTML
  7. You know how to use popular social media channels to engage people in conversation and cultivate digital relationships
  8. You are self-motivated and creative.

Email marketing, photography, and basic video editing experience are assets, but not required.

This is a full-time contract position for one year. The position is available now.

Eligibility (set by the government funding body):

  • Must be 30 years of age or younger
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
  • Education: minimum 2-year diploma

How to apply

Email the following information to with the subject “Communications Specialist - Your Name”

  1. A brief letter/ email with the following information:
    • An explanation of how you fit the description of the ideal candidate in the list above
    • A description of your favourite place on Lake Ontario
    • The project or case at Waterkeeper that interests you most (
      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, including links to your portfolio or sample content.

Swim Drink Fish Canada is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of the Toronto community, and to the equitable representation of women, aboriginal peoples, and members of a visible minority group.

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