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Position: Niagara Community Monitoring Hub Coordinator
Organization: Swim Drink Fish Canada
Location: Niagara, Ontario

Position Type: 35 hours/week, Full-Time, Seasonal
Wage: $19/hour
Start Date: May 3, 2021
Length of Contract: May to September 2021

Deadline: April 19, 2021

About the Program

One of the ways Swim Drink Fish connects people to water is through citizen science, with a special focus on testing water used for recreation, like beaches, marinas, and paddling courses.

Swim Drink Fish staff have been collecting water samples for investigations, research reports, legal action, and media training since our first day back in 2001. Over the years, we’ve discovered that routine water quality monitoring at recreational sites has a special power.

We believe that making test results public gives you direct access to the information you need to make an informed decision about getting in your local waters. Swim Drink Fish has worked with local communities to establish six community-based recreational water monitoring programs or ‘hubs’ across Canada. Currently, there are four hubs in the Great Lakes.

Job Description

The Swim Drink Fish Niagara Community Monitoring Hub Coordinator helps manage a water quality monitoring program in the Great Lakes region.

The Community Monitoring Coordinator will manage the Lake Erie - Niagara recreational water sampling hub. The Coordinator will be employed by and supervised by Swim Drink Fish, and will work locally as part of the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative. When not working in the field or at the lab, the Coordinator will work from home.

The Coordinator’s tasks focus on the delivery of Niagara’s recreational water quality monitoring program, including collection of associated environmental and social data, sanitary data/surveys, public engagement in the sampling program, extended youth and community engagement, recreational water quality data management, Swim Guide user engagement, and "State of Water" report at the end of monitoring season. Organization of community events is also part of this role. We expect the Coordinator to deliver our training and educational materials. This is a full-time, seasonal position. The coordinator will be supervised and supported by the Great Lakes monitoring management team, as well as other Swim Drink Fish staff. On site, in Niagara, the Coordinator will also receive guidance from Niagara College staff, as well as from members of the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative.


  • Coordinate all logistics associated with the execution 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 other Swim Drink Fish staff to refine water monitoring protocols and supporting materials
  • Oversee the coordinator in fieldwork and water sample collection including scheduling and transportation logistics
  • Oversee record-keeping, data entry, and all paperwork associated with the operation of water quality monitoring activities
  • Oversee data collection, analysis, and data sharing.
  • Execute the youth/community engagement in monitoring activities including sample collection, field reports, sample processing, and event support. These tasks will be modified to be in compliance with public health and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some tasks will be executed digitally using Swim Drink Fish platforms and online training and engagement materials.
  • Development and dissemination of ongoing public communications via social media, print, other Swim Drink Fish platforms. The Coordinator will work with the program’s in-house 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.
  • Compilation of a final report of sample results, volunteer engagement, field reports, and Environmental Health and Safety survey.


Suitable candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field and have the appropriate scientific background. 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. 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 essential. Additionally, candidates must hold a valid driver’s license, be available to work flexible hours including evening and weekend community engagement activities. Travel to sample locations and fieldwork is a core part of this position.

How To Apply

Email the following information to with the subject “GLCMI: Lake Erie - Niagara Community Monitoring Coordinator - Your Name”. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  1. A brief letter that describes why you are uniquely suited to perform this work, and how you heard about the position. Ensure you refer to the desired qualifications section.

  2. Your resumé, highlighting relevant work/life experience, skills, and training related to the position.

  3. Names and contact information for two references.

Swim Drink Fish Canada is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of our 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

Swim Drink Fish is a nonprofit organization working to connect people with water since 2001.

We use citizen science and communications technology to inspire people just like you to know and safeguard your local waters.

Our apps and programs can help you get to the water’s edge. They’ll connect you with the water and with other people. We can teach you to monitor the health of your water. Together, we’ll advocate for the protection and restoration of the places we love.

Everyone has a right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 5 2021    ID: 59357