Data Specialist (Contract through Sept.)

LOCATION: toronto, Ontario

Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a Data Specialist who loves converting scientific information into information that is easily understood and used by the general public. This includes water quality monitoring results and geographic information and maps. The Data Specialist will focus on finding, organizing, and presenting data about the Great Lakes for the new Great Lakes Guide platform.

If you have a passion for the Great Lakes, enjoy a relaxed office culture, and love working with data, then we want to hear from you.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Find authoritative and open GIS datasets that can help to educate and inform Ontarians about the Great Lakes and surrounding watershed

  • Work with the datasets to create resources for our design and engineering team to incorporate into the Great Lakes Guide web platform

  • Ensure that recreational water quality information for beaches in the Great Lakes region is accurate and up to date throughout the swimming season (via the Swim Guide platform). This includes adding or updating beaches in the Great Lakes region and verifying water quality monitoring practices in municipalities around Ontario
  • Use data to generate reports about the Great Lakes environmental health that may be of interest to Great Lakes Guide users

Mandatory Experience/Qualifications:

  • Experience manipulating GIS datasets and familiarity with GIS software (e.g., ESRI’s ArcGIS)

  • Sufficient knowledge of Great Lakes watershed, ecology, basic hydrology to be able to determine when datasets are inaccurate, out of date, or missing information

  • Experience doing similar work and/or post-secondary training in a relevant area of study

Applicants who do not have the mandatory qualifications will not be contacted for an interview.

Other Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • A keen attention to detail

  • A team player, with a positive attitude

  • An independent problem-solver

  • Familiarity with water quality standards and monitoring protocols

  • Familiarity with government open data policies and portals

  • Knowledge of First Nations territories, place names, etc.

Contract Terms:

  • Contract: Full-time contract through to September 30th, 2018 with possibility of contract extension.
  • Start Date: Available immediately
  • Location: Our office is located in downtown Toronto

How to Apply:

The first step is to send us an email indicating your interest in the position. Include the following information:

  1. Tell us about yourself and your relevant work or academic experience. Please be sure to explain how you satisfy the mandatory qualifications listed above.

  2. You may include a link to examples of your work, if available online.

  3. Feel free to be informal or casual - this is your chance to introduce yourself to us. Candidates with the required qualifications will be contacted.

Please send your email to Include the subject “Data Specialist Application”.

About Swim Drink Fish Canada:

Swim Drink Fish Canada was founded in 2001 to connect people with water. We inspire people to know and safeguard their local waters by creating platforms based on law, science, education and communications technology. Our flagship programs serve nearly 2-million users.

Swim Guide is a beach information platform that helps you find great beaches and tells you whether or not the water is clean enough to swim. Swim Guide is a website and app (iOS and Android).

The Great Lakes Guide is an upcoming web platform that will help to foster cross-cultural understanding of the Great Lakes and to bring together Great Lakes information and knowledge.