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Position: Board Member (Member at Large)
Type: board of directors positions / unpaid
Organization: MMERS Marine Education & Research Society
Location: British Columbia, Canada 

MERS is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and all aspects of our work. We welcome applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented and underserved groups. 

MERS is currently seeking candidates with the following skills and expertise:

  • Fundraising
  • Governance and Charitable Law
  • Marketing, Communications and PR
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Board Member Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to MERS and help with the ongoing development and implementation of our strategic direction
  • Provide oversight in regards to our established mission, vision and values
  • Provide governance and ensure MERS and its board adhere to by-laws
  • Participate in monthly board meetings (via teleconference)
  • Assist the organization in further attracting the expertise, funding and resources needed for MERS to better achieve its goals
  • Initiate and participate in fundraising initiatives
  • Help to promote our organization and our work
  • Participate in annual or bi-annual 3-day strategic planning board retreats


Successful applicants should have:

  • Experience in and commitment to environmental issues;
  • Fundraising experience and knowledge; and
  • Experience on not-for-profit Boards is an asset.


  • A minimum two-year commitment is requested of all Board Members.

How to Apply :

Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role to

Please mention you saw this posting at GoodWork.

We thank all applicants for your interest. Only those who will be invited for an interview will be contacted. Thank you!


The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. We incorporated in 2010 and are based on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the territory of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw (the Kwak̕wala-speaking Peoples).

Our team is comprised of marine biologists and educators highly dedicated to marine conservation. While based on Canada's west coast, team members have worked in many countries and oceans. Click here for background on our team. We are a small organization doing big work.

Our research conservation efforts are focused on Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Mola species off the coast of British Columbia but has also included work to understand and reduce risks to additional marine mammals in BC and in other parts of the world.

Our education efforts include our See a Blow? Go Slow! campaign to reduce the risk of collision between whales and boaters and our Ocean of Good campaign which educates about plastic pollution and simple solutions. MERS educational activities also include a comprehensive outreach plan of presentations, workshops, training sessions and programs aimed at a wide audience.

*If you are looking for a meaningful way to make a difference in the world of marine conservation, apply to join our board today!*


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 3 2024    ID: 69772