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Position: Swim Guide Assistant
Organization: Swim Drink Fish
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Position Type: Full Time, Permanent

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, Swim Drink Fish built and launched Swim Guide ( Swim Guide is a smartphone app and website 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, the Bahamas, Baja Mexico, Ireland, France, Denmark, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand. We count over 4 million individual users.

We are seeking a Swim Guide Assistant to help us manage data and information related to more than 8,000 beaches in four countries, to help support Swim Guide affiliates, and to create and manage content for online resources, newsletters, and social media. 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.


  • 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 assist affiliate organizations using the Swim Guide platform;
  • 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.

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 beaches and open water. The Swim Guide Assistant will report to the Swim Guide Program Manager.


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 strong writing skills;
  • 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 speak and write English fluently;
  • French and/or Spanish language skills would be an asset.


Email the following information to with the subject “Swim Guide Assistant - Your Name”

  1. 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.)

  2. Your resumé, including a list of projects or links to your portfolio.

  3. Names and contact information for two references.

  4. A sample of your writing and/or translation.

All documents as one attachment is highly preferable.

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

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

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 18 2019    ID: 54975