Job Opportunity

Scientific Advisor, Great Lakes Communities Monitoring Initiative

Position Type: $6000 Contract Position
Location: Remote
Start Date: ASAP

About the program

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 Scientific Advisor will advise on the development of Environmental Health and Safety survey methodology and training, field survey methodology and training, and advise on predictive model development. We expect the candidate to be an expert in beaches and recreational water quality monitoring.

This is a consultant position and begins January 2019. It will run until March 2019. Successful candidates can work remotely, but a visit to headquarters and/or monitoring hubs may be required.

The contract is $6,000 CND.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Scientific Advisor will :

  • Advise hub monitoring coordinators on Environmental Health and Safety survey methodology

  • Review and provide feedback on existing Environmental Health and Safety surveys conducted by 2 monitoring coordinators

  • Train monitoring hub coordinators on conducting Environmental Health and Safety surveys

  • Provide field survey methodology and training for monitoring hub coordinators

  • Advise program team on predictive model development.

Required Qualifications:

  • Suitable candidates will have demonstrated expertise in beaches and recreational water quality monitoring.

  • Appropriate scientific background (MS or PhD) related field such as water science and environment. Comparable qualifications or work experience are considered.

  • Experience conducting and reviewing Environmental Health and Safety surveys (or Beach Sanitary Surveys) for beaches and recreational water sites.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

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

Application Instructions

Email the following information to with the subject “GLCMI: Scientific Advisor - 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 roles/projects and/or links highlighting your expertise.

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.