, Swim Guide Editor
Posted: October 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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 beaches all over Canada and the United States, as well as Baja and New Zealand. We count over 1 million individual users. We are seeking a Swim Guide Assistant to help us manage data and information related to more than 7,000 beaches in four countries, to help support Swim Guide affiliates, and to create and manage content for online resources, newsletters, and social media.

Swim Guide Assistant

The Swim Guide Assistant will be tasked with the following:

Ensure that water quality information in Swim Guide is up to date at all times, which will require developing a sophisticated understanding of water quality monitoring practices across throughout the USA and Canada.

  • Connect with and assisting organizations using the Swim Guide platform (Affiliates);
  • Help Affiliate programs to promote their work and conduct training sessions;
  • Ensure accuracy and quality of beach information in Swim Guide;
  • Respond to any technical questions or comments from Swim Guide users;
  • Provide information for monthly Affiliate email updates;

  • Add or update missing beaches in regions managed by Swim Guide;
  • Research and write copy related to beaches and water quality for Swim Guide’s “Beach Basics”. Swim Guide “Beach Basics” series educates beach goers about health and safety, environmental issues related to recreational water, nature, swimming, and water sports;
  • Create reports using Swim Guide data that will be used in the organization’s program work and also help the public understand water quality;
  • Help execute social media campaigns that promote Swim Guide, beaches, and relevant recreational water quality information to the public.
  • There is opportunity for the Swim Guide Assistant to engage in community outreach locally, as a Swim Guide Ambassador, promoting the importance of access to recreational water quality information, as well to beaches. The Swim Guide Assistant will report to the Swim Guide Program Manager.

    This position is perfect for a professional with a passion for community management, mobile technology, swimming and recreational water use, and a desire to assist nonprofit organizations achieve their clean water goals.

    Desired Skills and Experience

    As the Swim Guide Assistant, you will be part of a close-knit team of dedicated staff working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. You are our ideal candidate if:

    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 are committed to accurate, accountable, and thorough data collection;
    You are passionate about protecting waterways;
    You are very comfortable with computers, databases, and/or information management;
    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 have a keen attention to detail;
    You take initiative;
    You are a team player, with a positive attitude who is cooperative, and helpful;
    You are an independent problem-solver;
    You are interested in social media and blogging;
    You speak and write English fluently;

    French and/or Spanish language skills would be an asset: There is a need for French or Spanish copy for Beach Basics educational content. There is also the opportunity for the Swim Guide Assistant to translate existing content to French and/or Spanish.

    This is a full-time permanent position – 37.5 hrs/week.

    Eligibility (set by the government funding body):

    Must be 30 years of age or younger
    Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
    Educated with a minimum 2-year diploma

    How to apply

    Email the following information to with the subject “Swim Guide Assistant – Your Name”
    A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Swim Guide 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.)
    Your resumé, including a list of projects or links to your portfolio.
    Names and contact information for two references.
    A sample of your writing and/or translation.

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

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


    Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

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