Community Outreach Intern


Community Outreach Intern
(Summer Position)


Are you passionate about complex environmental problems facing the Ottawa River and looking to make a meaningful impact in your community? At Ottawa Riverkeeper, we believe in engaging our community members throughout the Ottawa River Watershed to learn more about our river, to build their commitment to a healthy river, and ultimately to take an active stewardship role.

As Community Outreach Intern, you will work closely with the Events and Volunteer Coordinator to help shape and implement Ottawa Riverkeeper’s community engagement during our busy summer months. You will be involved with a range of Ottawa Riverkeeper events, including booths at community events. You will have the opportunity to develop your planning, communication and presentation skills, and work with an enthusiastic and committed team, all while engaging our community on the vitally important issue of a protected Ottawa River.


37.5 hrs/week, 4 months
Salary: $17.50/hr
Mix of time spent in the office and out in the community
Occasional evenings and weekends as well as work outdoors, as required
Willingness to travel within the Ottawa River Watershed
Start date: May 2019

Deadline to apply: Sunday March 10, 2019
Must be eligible for Canadian Summer Jobs funding and/or Young Canada Works

A student is eligible for Young Canada Works if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW assignment.

A student is eligible for Canada Summer Jobs if they:

  • are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are 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 are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.


  • Conduct and identify community opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of protecting the Ottawa River watershed;
  • Develop educational and outreach materials;
  • Organize, promote and lead educational workshops; give presentations to local groups;
  • Coordinate outreach materials from our Riverkeeper Lending Library;
  • Represent Ottawa Riverkeeper at booths at various events throughout the summer.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; self-starting and outgoing;
  • Very strong communication skills in both French and English are mandatory;
  • Valid driver’s licence strongly preferred and access to a car would be an asset;
  • Able to work both independently and within a team;
  • Flexible with evening and weekend availability.


Ottawa Riverkeeper works to protect your rights to swim, drink and fish the Ottawa River and its tributaries. We work collaboratively using science to guide our actions. Ottawa Riverkeeper is a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition of grassroots water protection organizations headed by renowned conservationist Robert Kennedy Jr. There are over 300 Waterkeeper organizations working around the world to defend their local river, lake or bay. We work throughout the Ottawa River watershed, both in Ontario and Québec. Ottawa Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply, please send your C.V. and Cover Letter to the attention of Larissa Holman, via
We are currently posting three summer positions. Applicants should look at all three, and if interested in more than one, list them in order of preference in your cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.