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Position: Communications Specialist
Organization: ZooShare Biogas Co-Operative Inc.
Location: Virtual, Ontario preferred.
Eligibility: 30 or younger

Job Type: Part-time contract (6 months, 25 hours/week), work-from-home
Compensation: $14.50/hr
Application Deadline: May 12, 2021, 5pm
Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

ZooShare Biogas Co-operative is seeking a Communications Specialist as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program. To determine whether you are eligible, please see information below.

About ZooShare

ZooShare is a renewable energy co-operative that has developed Canada’s first zoo-based, community-owned Biogas plant. The Biogas plant uses animal waste from the Toronto Zoo and local food waste to produce renewable power for the Ontario grid. Located on Toronto Zoo property, it is estimated that the ZooShare Biogas plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will return valuable nutrients to the soil in the form of a high-quality fertilizer.

Summary of Role

The Communications Specialist will play a key role assisting ZooShare’s members and creating engaging content across all social media channels. If you are entrepreneurial and energetic, and committed to social & environmental innovation this is a great opportunity. Successful candidates will be independent, articulate and resourceful, and experience in a marketing/communications and/or financial management role would be beneficial.


  • To collaborate with the General Manager to design a work plan to set priorities/deadlines
  • To communicate efficiently and professionally with investors/members via email and/or phone. Specifically, to reach out on a monthly basis to investors whose bonds are maturing and provide answers to any questions/concerns about the investment/project
  • To work together with the Bond Administration Team to make sure that all investor forms are received, tracked and processed.
  • To maintain an up-to-date spreadsheet of investors and investments
  • To create a monthly summary of Key Performance Indicators, such as investments received and social media engagement.
  • To draft newsletters using Mailchimp
  • To organize and maintain Mailchimp lists and segments and explore other ways to maximize efficiency of Mailchimp (such as automation for website sign-ups)
  • To write blog posts as needed
  • To research and auto-schedule daily social media posts while using appropriate hashtags to drive engagement
  • To take pictures and videos to be posted on social media and the website, as needed
  • Support (virtual) Board meetings as needed
  • To collaborate with the General Manager and Web Developer to design and launch a new website focused on impact and education
  • To collaborate with the General Manager and Education Partners to design signage (posters) for the biogas plant site
  • To collaborate with the General Manager to organize the (possibly virtual) Annual General Meeting in June by preparing presentation slides and sending documents and invitations to co-op members.
  • Collaborate with the General Manager and Partners to organize and promote the (possibly virtual) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Summer 2021
  • To collaborate with the General Manager and publicity partners to write press releases about the project as needed
  • Assist the General Manager, Bond Administration team, company partners and Executive Director as needed
  • To maintain general communications with investors and partners as needed, including the management of the voicemail services.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and independent worker
  • Intermediate financial investment knowledge
  • Experience with CRM software and Google Workspace
  • Exposure to member-based organization or co-operative
  • Familiarity with Biogas and/or renewable energy
  • Strong interest in environmental issues

This position is part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program

To be eligible, candidate must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit the following materials in a single PDF file to with the subject line “Communications Specialist”.

  1. Cover letter: 1 page
  2. Resume: no more than 2 pages

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ZooShare is committed to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including applicants from all cultures and backgrounds, racialized communities, diverse sexual and gender identities, and physical or mental abilities. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier-free. We also encourage applicants to self-identify if they wish to do so.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 4 2021    ID: 59729