Career Opportunity

 

User Experience (UX) Designer

Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a full-time User Experience Designer to help plan and design a suite of web apps that will power Great Lakes Guide, a new web project dedicated to promoting and protecting the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Guide will bring together digital content and data that connects Ontarians to the Great Lakes and highlights the ecological, cultural, and economic significance of the region. In doing so, the Great Lakes Guide will help to inspire and instigate environmental stewardship, restoration and collaboration to protect the Great Lakes. It will be built and operated by Swim Drink Fish Canada, the organization behind Swim Guide (the web’s most comprehensive beach information service) and Watermark Project (a growing archive of personal stories about Canadian waters).  

The purpose of Great Lakes Guide is to inspire and support online and offline activities that celebrate and protect the Great Lakes. A strong emphasis is being placed on user engagement, submission of user-generated content, and participation in activities that promote the health of the lakes and the people who use them. The ideal candidate for this position is someone with a passion for design that results in tangible behavioural change.

Version 1 of the Guide will launch February/ March of 2018. Within the first three years, the Great Lakes Guide is expected to reach every Ontario household.

The User Experience Designer reports to our Technical Advisor, with project coordination support from the project lead. The position is available as of October 1, 2017.
 

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan a Great Lakes Guide interface that maximizes user engagement, from Version 1 (launching Winter 2018) through to Version 6 (for release in 2020)
  • Design the required visual assets and collaborate with the developer to build the Great Lakes Guide website
  • Plan, design, or help to improve related apps (e.g.,  native apps for mobile devices or interfaces that contributors will use to contribute data, images, video, comments, and other information that feeds into the Guide)
  • Contribute to content, social media, and promotional design efforts as needed
     

Mandatory Qualifications

Applications will be considered from candidates who have all of the following qualifications:

  1. Full lifecycle web application design experience, from concept and wireframe to asset creation and delivery.
  2. Experience with relevant design and asset creation tools, such as Adobe Photoshop.
  3. Experience working on a team with engineers and developers to develop and iterate on your designs.
  4. Comfort with the Macintosh platform, including self sufficiency at maintaining your own computer (updating your own software, keeping your personal data backed up, etc).

How to Apply

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

  1. Briefly tell us a bit about yourself and previous work experience. Explain how you satisfy the qualification requirements above.
  2. Include links to your online portfolio and/or examples of your work.
  3. If you have a profile on GitHub, please include your username.

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

Send your email to admin@swimdrinkfish.ca or use the form below. Include the subject “UX Designer Position”.

Background

Great Lakes Guide Project Information

The Great Lakes are depended upon for drinking water, power generation, food production, manufacturing, tourism, and much more. The Great Lakes region is home to many Ontarians and yet there is a lack of public awareness and appreciation for the Great Lakes. A “virtual space” is needed to foster cross-cultural understanding of the Great Lakes and to bring together Great Lakes information and knowledge including science, Indigenous knowledge, economy, agriculture, arts, culture, recreation, and tourism.

The Great Lakes Guide will bring together digital content and data that connects Ontarians to the Great Lakes and highlights the ecological, cultural, and economic significance of the region. In doing so, the Great Lakes Guide will help to inspire and instigate environmental stewardship, restoration and collaboration to protect the Great Lakes. Version 1 of the Guide will launch February/ March of 2018. Within the first three years, the Great Lakes Guide is expected to reach every Ontario household.

This multi-year project was conceived of by Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardians Council and will receive seed funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. It will be built and operated by Swim Drink Fish Canada, the organization behind Swim Guide (the web’s most comprehensive beach information service) and Watermark Project (a growing archive of personal stories about Canadian waters).  

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 are Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Swim Guide, and Watermark Project. They serve 1.8-million users.

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