Job Opportunity

Vancouver Community Monitoring Coordinator - Vancouver

Position Type: 32 hours/week, 12 month contract
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Start Date: April, 2019

About Swim Drink Fish

Swim Drink Fish Canada is a growing charity dedicated to ensuring swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all.

The Vancouver Community Monitoring Coordinator is a full-time position with Swim Drink Fish, working with Fraser Riverkeeper in Vancouver. Building on the successes of 2018 water monitoring project, the Coordinator will implement a comprehensive, community-based, recreational water quality monitoring program in Vancouver’s False creek.  Reporting to the Vancouver Program Manager, the Community Monitoring Coordinator will work on-site and closely with the Digital Content Coordinator. Duties include scaling up and execution of recreational water sampling program, volunteer management, event planning and execution, collection and sharing of environmental and social data, Swim Guide user engagement, creation of a report following our first year of monitoring with recommendations.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Leading all logistics associated with the execution and expansion 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 oversight by community partners, 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.

  • Planning and execution of events related to Vancouver Community Monitoring Program including a one-year report launch event, events with partners and program supporters, and an end of season volunteer appreciation event.

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

  • Attending meetings as a representative of Swim Drink Fish Vancouver with stakeholders and stakeholder groups related to water quality, Vancouver watersheds, and water monitoring in Vancouver.

Knowledge and Skills

Mandatory Qualifications

  • You are familiar with recreational water quality issues and have the ability to quickly learn common terms and background on issues affecting beach water quality;

  • You have exceptional organizational and planning skills;

  • You have a keen attention to detail;

  • You are committed to accurate, accountable, and detailed fieldwork and data collection;

  • You are passionate about protecting waterways;

  • You are a skilled communicator with experience working with partners across a variety of cities and cultures;

  • You have a passion for writing and creating presentations;

  • You are a team player, with a positive attitude who is cooperative, and helpful;

  • You are an independent problem-solver;

  • You have experience using social media platforms to engage a wide audience;

  • You are very comfortable with computers, databases, and/or information management;

  • You are based in Metro Vancouver.

Other Beneficial Skills and Experience

  • Experience in non-profit organizations;

  • Experience using NationBuilder, Salesforce, or other related CRM software, or a desire and willingness to learn;

  • Experience in volunteer management;

  • Valid BC driver’s license.

Education required

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. A passion for water stewardship together with interest and experience in a variety of water recreation activities is essential. Additionally, candidates must be available to work flexible hours including evening and weekend community engagement activities.

Other Information:

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

  1. A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Swim Drink Fish 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, (Note: we will consider all relevant work/life experience, skills, and training that are related to the position regardless of how these were acquired).

  3. Names and contact information for two references (Note: we are open to both work and character references).

  4. A sample of your writing.

  5. Optional: Any accommodations you may require during the hiring and interview process.

Swim Drink Fish is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of the Vancouver community. Indigenous Peoples, members of a visible minority group, LGBTQ persons, and people from other historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Apply by March 22, 2019

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. 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.

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.

Fraser Riverkeeper, a partner of Swim Drink Fish, is a registered charity established in 2004. Fraser Riverkeeper was the first organization to pilot Swim Guide in 2011.