Contract Opportunity

Curriculum Lead, Great Lakes Communities Monitoring Initiative

Position Type: Contract work to be completed by April 2019
Location: N/A
Start Date: ASAP

The Great Lakes Communities Recreational Waters Monitoring Initiative is a four-year demonstration project to engage underserved communities in water quality monitoring, data-sharing, and stewardship. The purposes of the Initiative are (i) to invent a scalable, sustainable model for ongoing water quality monitoring that addresses both western science and traditional knowledge needs; (ii) to hone best practices for communicating water quality results to the community quickly and reliably; and, (iii) to identify the communications technology infrastructure required to sustain these activities across the Great Lakes region, including in First Nations communities. In so doing, we can help to ensure that all Great Lakes waters are protected for generations to come and that waterborne illnesses become a thing of the past.

The Initiative will establish and support recreational water quality monitoring programs in 6 pilot communities, including 3 First Nations communities. Here’s how it works: The Initiative will develop a recreational water quality monitoring program that can be implemented in any community (north, south, urban, rural, Indigenous, etc.). The Initiative will launch water quality monitoring programs where existing monitoring programs do not meet community needs. Pilot communities’ work will identify and document the needs for a suite of web-based tools and data-sharing systems that Swim Drink Fish will build to empower more Great Lakes communities to monitor, enjoy, and protect their waters than ever before.

About the position

The Curriculum Lead, in coordination with the expert Scientific Advisor, Project Lead, the Swim Guide team, and hub coordinators, external collaborators such as Idexx laboratories, and the Swim Guide affiliates organizations, will create and publish training and support materials. The Curriculum Lead will produce the following materials: standard operations procedures for sample collection and lab management; a curriculum for volunteer training and management; a curriculum for Indigenous community and youth engagement and management; support and training materials for community engagement for hubs, as well as Great Lakes community engagement.

The maximum budget for this contract is $20,000.

Responsibilities:

The Curriculum Lead will produce the following prototypes and content for materials:

  • standard operations procedures for sample collection and lab management, based on procedures developed by Swim Drink Fish in 2018;

  • a curriculum for volunteer training and management, based on guidance documents created by Swim Drink Fish;

  • a curriculum for Indigenous community and youth engagement, with a localized water literacy program, based on guidance documents created by Swim Drink Fish;

  • support and training materials for community engagement for hubs, as well as Great Lakes community engagement, based on guidance documents created by Swim Drink Fish.

The Curriculum Lead will also liaise with a designer to produce the final materials to Swim Drink Fish’s satisfaction.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Suitable candidates will hold a bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field, such as curriculum development, educational writing, or teaching. Backgrounds in science are preferred. Comparable qualifications or work experience are equally considered.

  • The candidate must demonstrate a background in Great Lakes water quality, and environmental and water sciences.

  • The candidate must have a demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous culture and identity. Demonstrated experience working with/in Indigenous communities is preferred.

  • 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 desired.

  • The candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills including proven proficiency in writing high quality educational materials.

  • The candidate may be required to travel to hub sites as part of this position.

  • Bilingual candidates are preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

Email the following information to admin@swimdrinkfish.ca with the subject “GLCMI: Curriculum Lead - Your Name”:

  1. A letter that describes why you are uniquely suited to perform this work. Ensure you refer to the desired qualifications section.

  2. Your resumé, including a list of management roles/projects and/or links to your portfolio.

  3. Names and contact information for two references.

  4. A sample curriculum and an additional writing sample.

Organizations and teams are welcome to apply.

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

Sorry, but we can only respond to those candidates selected for an interview.

 

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. www.swimdrinkfish.ca