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Position: Swimmable Water Intern
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: Swim Drink Fish
Location: Downtown Edmonton, Alberta

Position Type: Full Time
Start Date: Immediately

Do you love the North Saskatchewan River and the waters that surround Edmonton? Do you want people who live in Edmonton to have access to clean water? Would you like to help improve physical and mental health in your community?

If you said “yes”, then you may be the next Swimmable Water Intern with the North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, a Swim Drink Fish initiative.

We are a community organization looking to improve public understanding of water quality in the Edmonton area and to build public support for a clean, healthy, and accessible river. We are looking for a summer employee with an interest in water issues to research and publicize recreational water quality information in the Saskatchewan River watershed.


  • Ensure that beach locations, descriptions, and water quality test results are up-to-date and accurate for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in Swim Guide (see

  • Respond to pollution reports and beach suggestions from Swim Guide users in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

  • Collect multimedia water anecdotes for the Watermark Project online database of stories through film, interviews, writing, and photography (see

  • Research and write weekly blog posts about recreational water hotspots and issues in the Edmonton region.

  • Share information about river health and recreational water activities on the North Saskatchewan River Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

  • Assist with other water literacy and outreach activities as needed.


This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to learn more about water policy, water quality monitoring protocols, water quality and public health guidelines, the Saskatchewan River watershed, and community outreach. The Internship position is perfect for someone interested in the environment or communications who loves policy, science, and writing. By the end of the summer, you will have gained experience working for a charity, working with collaborators in BC and Ontario, data integrity, and you will have a portfolio of eight published articles.


  • Detail-oriented, with the ability to ensure accurate information is being communicated to the public at all times;

  • Comfortable working independently because most of your colleagues will be working in other cities;

  • Reliable, because the water quality information you share is vital for the protection of public health;

  • A good writer/communicator, because your words can help to educate 70,000 Swim Guide users about water quality issues in your area;

  • Comfortable with Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Docs, Gmail and the ability to learn how the Swim Guide Beach Manager works, because these are the tools you will be using to share water quality information with the public;

  • Knowledge of the North Saskatchewan River/Alberta waters or a desire to learn as much as you can about the topic;

  • Knowledge of water quality guidelines such as Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality or a desire to learn as much as you can about the topic; and,

  • Meets the Canada Summer Jobs program requirements: (a) be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; (b) 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, (c) 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.


The Intern will work 35 hours per week for 8-10 weeks (depending on availability). Compensation is $16.00 per hour. The Intern will work from our office in the heart of Old Strathcona.


To apply, email the following information to with the subject “Edmonton Summer Job - Your Name”

  1. In the email, write a brief letter that describes why you want this summer position. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your qualifications, and show off your writing style.

  2. Attach your resumé.

  3. Include names and contact information for two references.

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

Candidates will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis.


Swim Drink Fish Canada and North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper work to protect swimmable, drinkable, fishable water by blending science, law, education, and storytelling with technology. Together, these Canadian charities empower millions of people to know and safeguard their waters through the Edmonton Water Literacy Program, Swim Guide, Watermark Project, and Community Water Monitoring. These programs help to build a national movement of active, informed, and engaged individuals working to ensure their communities can swim, drink, and fish forever.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 14 2019    ID: 53501