Water Quality Intern


Water Quality Intern
(Summer Position)


As Water Quality Intern you will be conducting water quality testing on site with community members in order to educate all ages on the importance of protecting our water sources and ensuring its sustainability. The Water Quality Intern will work on Ottawa Riverkeeper’s project to improve water quality by mobilising the community to get involved in diverting and reducing the presence of harmful substances and plastic waste by assisting with shoreline clean-ups and other outreach activities on-site. You will also be involved with our Citizen Science Hub, training recreational water user groups on how to collect and analyse water samples. You will educate participating groups and communities about which factors impact water quality, such as the effects of sewage overflows. The Water Quality Intern will also be responsible for updating the Swim Guide, an app used by the public throughout the summer.

These outreach efforts are aimed at many different age groups, from young summer campers to community organizations, and at Francophone and Anglophone participants. During these events and workshops, you will need to communicate information clearly in both official languages to ensure increased accessibility.


37.5 hrs/week, 4 months
Salary: $17.50/hr
Approximately 50% in the office, 50% in the field/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 water quality testing on site with community members;
  • Train recreational water user groups on how to collect and analyse water samples;
  • Update and promote the Swim Guide app, including preparing content for social media and the Ottawa Riverkeeper website;
  • Educate groups about factors impacting water quality;
  • Represent Ottawa Riverkeeper at booths at various events throughout the summer.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; self-starting and outgoing;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • A scientific background and/or notions of water quality would be an asset;
  • Very strong communication skills in French is mandatory, strong communications skills in English are an asset;
  • Valid driver’s license 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 jobs@ottawariverkeeper.ca.
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.