Job Posting 75742

Plastics Campaigner
Oceana Canada
Toronto Metro area, Ottawa area
Ottawa (preferable) or Toronto.
closed 6 days ago (Wed, 20 Oct)
full time - term / contract

Position starts: Tuesday January 4, 2022

Term: One-year contract for maternity leave replacement with possibility of an extension



Oceana Canada is an independent charity committed to rebuilding Canada’s oceans by winning science-based policy victories that increase biodiversity and abundance. We have successfully campaigned to end the shark fin trade, make rebuilding depleted fish populations the law, improve the way fisheries are managed and protect marine habitat. Oceana Canada is part of the largest international advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Globally, Oceana has won more than 200 policy victories for marine life and habitats. From stopping bottom trawling in sensitive habitat areas to protecting sea turtles from commercial fishing gear, our victories represent new hope for the world's oceans.

We are seeking a Plastics Campaigner who will support our work to reduce single-use plastics in Canada. The incumbent is preferably bilingual in French and English and will work remotely due to  COVID-19 until it is safe to return to work in our Ottawa or Toronto office. The Campaigner will work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and execute Oceana Canada’s campaign to end single-use plastics by calling for government laws or regulations and other plastic-free policies.. This position requires strong persuasion, communications, problem-solving, project management and grassroots campaigning skills. The ideal candidate is action- and detail-oriented, with experience working collaboratively to advance policy. The Plastics Campaigner will report to the Campaign Director who is based in Ottawa.


Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and advance advocacy, communications, and outreach strategies and tactics to achieve the goals of the campaign
  • Advance Oceana Canada’s leadership in ending single-use plastics in Canada
  • Build relationships with government officials, decision-makers, stakeholders, corporations, institutions and grassroots supporters to advance policy change
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of advocates, communications professionals, scientists, lawyers and others to achieve ambitious annual and longer-term campaign goals
  • Conduct research, consult with key influencers and write campaign reports, messaging, government briefs and other materials
  • Organize community-level campaign events to support campaign goal as required
  • Manage relationships with external partners, vendors and decision-makers
  • Act as the media spokesperson for the campaign
  • Maintain a working knowledge of related legislation (federal, provincial and municipal) and industry commitments on plastics
  • Manage and track campaign-related expenses
  • Coordinate all campaign timelines, milestones and deliverables using appropriate project management methods
  • Regularly report on campaign progress and ensure goals and objectives are met
  • Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve campaign objectives



  • At least five years of demonstrated success in managing and executing campaigns related to government policy
  • University degree in environmental policy, political science or related degree or comparable work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of government policy making
  • Highly effective negotiation, diplomatic and conflict resolutions skills
  • Strong problem identification and resolution skills
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to work effectively with team members located in different cities
  • Experience completing projects under tight deadlines, effectively managing a demanding workload
  • Strong writing skills and experience developing policy briefs, reports and other written materials
  • Highly effective negotiation, problem identification and resolutions skills
  • Superb meeting facilitation skills
  • Able to effectively communicate with technical, professional and senior staff
  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with stakeholders
  • Bilingual (English/French) both written and spoken (preferred)
  • Experience as a media spokesperson an asset
  • When considered safe some travel may be required

Oceana Canada offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Oceana Canada is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, support will be provided in the recruitment process and accommodations for disabilities will be provided on request wherever appropriate. All offers of employment are conditional upon the successful completion of reference checks and a criminal background check.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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