Shoreline Cleanup Specialist
Ocean Wise
Vancouver, BC, CA
1d ago

Taking action for the ocean today, so we can all flourish tomorrow.

Ocean Wise is the world-class ocean change maker for concerned collaborators; big and small who want practical solutions with real impact so that they feel empowered and take action to protect oceans, humanity, and the world we live in.

Reporting to the Manager of the Shoreline Cleanup Program, the Program Specialist will work closely with the Shoreline Cleanup and Plastics teams to support, grow and strengthen the program and the impact of our Plastics initiative as a whole, working towards our goal of radically reducing macro and micro plastic pollution.

The Specialist’s key responsibilities will include volunteer coordination, partnership management and program development.

What else should you expect to action in your role as Program Specialist?

Stakeholder Engagement

Developing and maintaining relationships with partners and Identifying opportunities for sponsorship, donation, and collaboration.

Creating, promoting, and facilitating paid corporate engagement opportunities.

Developing and maintaining relationships with municipalities and private landowners across Canada to support volunteer cleanups and expand program reach.

Managing volunteer communications; responding promptly to inquiries and requests from volunteers and providing support to site coordinators to increase cleanup participation and volunteer retention.

Administration and Operations

Supporting program evaluation and tracking progress against strategy and targets.

Leading on-going maintenance and management of program assets and website.

Training and coordinating staff, volunteers, anddirect action Ocean Bridge placement participants.

Contributing to formal proposals and grant applications.

Arranging insurance certificates, indemnification requirements, and memorandums of understanding for key groups.

Communications and Reporting

Coordinating and developing and updating materials for key program campaigns.

Facilitating educational webinars to support and engage volunteers and key groups.

Overseeing data collection and at year end reviewing, compiling and preparing the litter data to be shared internally, with partners, and publicly.

Assisting with media requests as required.

Consciously desires to improve Ocean Wise and its processes by :

  • Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations by supporting our Environmental Management Systems (EMS) protocols;
  • Ensuring compliance to Ocean Wise wide, EMS and other Health & Safety policies by all team members.

    Maintaining and supporting organizational safety standards.

    Performing additional duties as required.

    As a strong candidate for this opportunity, you are likely to possess the following :

    Education and Experience

    University or College Degree in environmental science, community development or related field of study.

    Has a valid driver’s licence and regular access to a reliable vehicle.


    French language skills highly desired

    Effective relationship builder who is able to identify, develop and maintain new partnerships.

    Strong customer service and client management skills.

    Leadership skills with ability to coordinate, train and motivate volunteers.

    Professional oral and written communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills.

    Demonstrated creativity for program design and implementation.

    Experience planning and implementing events and associated budget management.

    Excellent time management and organisational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and remain calm under pressure.

    Flexibility and ability to learn new skills very quickly.

    Proven ability to work effectively in a team.

    Commitment to conservation of aquatic life and waste reduction.

    The working conditions associated with this position are :

    3 hours / week

    At present primarily working from home.

    Flexible working hours and schedule possible; some weekend and evening work required.

  • Incumbent is expected to participate in cleanups and potentially be exposed to associated risks including weather exposure, shoreline dangers, and contact with various types of waste;
  • Some travel may be required.

    Job requires some heavy lifting; should be able to safely lift 35 kg assisted.

    If you are passionate about tackling plastic pollution and are looking to join an extremely collaborative team in pursuit of saving our oceans for future generations to come, we want YOU on our team - apply today!

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