Toronto Community Monitoring Coordinator

LOCATION: toronto, Ontario

Contract: Full-time contract through September 2018. Possibility of contract extension.


Start Date: Available starting May, 2018


The Toronto Community Monitoring Coordinator is a full-time position with Swim Guide, a Swim Drink Fish Canada initiative. Building on the successes of 2016 and 2017 water monitoring projects, the Coordinator will implement a comprehensive, community-based, recreational water quality monitoring program in Toronto’s Inner Harbour. Reporting to the Swim Guide Program Manager, the  Community Monitoring Coordinator will work on-site. Duties include execution of recreational water sampling program, volunteer management, Watermark collection, collect and share associated environmental and social data, sanitary data/surveys, Swim Guide user engagement, contribute to "State of Water" report at end of season with recommendations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead all logistics associated with the execution 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 all paperwork associated with the operation of water quality monitoring activities

    • Data collection, analysis, and data sharing on Swim Guide (

  • Planning and execution of community engagement in monitoring activities including sample collection, field reports, sample processing, and event support.

  • Recruitment, training, coordination, and retainment of volunteers for involvement in field work, water sample collection, pollution identification and reporting, lab work, and related water stewardship activities

  • Development and dissemination of ongoing public communications via social media, the Swim Guide platform, print, other SDF platforms. The Coordinator will work with the in-house 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.

  • Execution of a post-season survey of volunteer experiences

  • Compilation of a final report of sample results, volunteer engagement, field reports, and Environmental Health and Safety survey.

Required Qualifications:

Suitable candidates will hold 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. Exceptional organizational and planning skills are paramount. A passion for water stewardship together with interest and experience in a variety of water recreation activities is essential. Additionally, candidates must hold a valid driver’s license, be available to work flexible hours including evening and weekend community engagement activities.

How to Apply:

Email the following information to with the subject “Toronto Community Monitoring Coordinator - Your Name”

  1. A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Swim Guide 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, highlighting all recreational water quality monitoring experience.

  3. Names and contact information for two references.

  4. A sample of your writing.

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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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 (  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 7,000 beaches all over Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, Australia, and New Zealand. We count nearly 2 million individual users.