Job Posting 82557

Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Ottawa Riverkeeper
Work From Home - Ottawa area
closed 8 days ago (Thu, 19 May)
full time - temp / contract  •  $52,500


Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

  • Start Date: May 16th, 2022  
  • Position Type: Full time, 1-year contract with possibility of extension 
  • Salary: $52,500
  • Hours: 37.5 hrs/week (Occasional evenings and weekends, flexible hours)
  • Location: Ottawa/Gatineau (office located in Ottawa, hybrid work model is an option, must be willing to travel within the Ottawa River watershed)
  • Application Deadline: April 25th

The role 

Ottawa Riverkeeper is seeking a highly organized, energetic, and community-driven individual to coordinate our public engagement activities and volunteers throughout the watershed. The ideal candidate is interested in water protection; is keen to connect with people from diverse backgrounds; develops creative ways to share information with the public; and networks, collaborates, and builds strong relationships with community organizations and volunteers. The position will largely be based in the National Capital Region but will also involve activities across the watershed (virtually and in person), necessitating excellent communications skills in both French and English, some travel, and the need for flexible work hours.

This position reports to the Director, River School & Youth Leadership.

Key Responsibilities  

Coordinate Outreach and Events:

  • Develop innovative, engaging, thoughtful, and inclusive outreach activities for diverse audiences
  • Network, collaborate, and build strong relationships with community organizations, Indigenous rights holders, and other collaborative partners
  • Liaise and collaborate with all departments to identify opportunities for outreach in the community, coordinate schedules, and ensure that activities are delivered professionally and in a timely manner
  • Coordinate the intake of requests for events such as shoreline cleanups, fairs, festivals, presentations, and workshops (in-person and virtual)
  • Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, presentations, and other communication opportunities.
  • Develop communication materials for social media to promote events, recruit volunteers, and share engaging content
  • Ensure that outreach activities follow public health and safety guidelines, reflect sustainability principles, and advance commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Track data pertaining to project activities and deliverables, and promote the app
  • Manage budget for outreach activities and supervise related staff and volunteers

Volunteer oversight and communication:

  • Lead Ottawa Riverkeeper’s approach to a positive and rewarding volunteer engagement cycle
  • Generate and manage content for volunteer communications 
  • Recruit, train, mobilize, and celebrate the incredible volunteers that support our initiatives
  • Ensure staff at Ottawa Riverkeeper who manage volunteers are equipped to support them throughout the full volunteer engagement cycle

What you Bring

  • Strong social and collaboration skills to liaise with diverse audiences and communities
  • Preferred experience of 3-5 years within non-profit community outreach, volunteer engagement, or similar activities
  • Professional experience working bilingually in English and French (oral and written)
  • Experience and knowledge of Indigenous history and reality, especially the Algonquin-Anishinabeg Nations within the watershed, is considered an asset
  • Outstanding written communication and presentation skills
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms
  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs), and collaboration software considered an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks and work effectively under numerous deadlines
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle considered an asset 

Ottawa Riverkeeper is a great place to work!

Ottawa Riverkeeper is a champion and collective voice for the Ottawa River watershed, providing leadership and inspiration to protect, promote, and improve its ecological health and future. 

  • We have an amazing work culture with smart, engaged colleagues who want to learn and improve while having fun.
  • We work remotely with colleagues and volunteers across the watershed and have a strong culture of collaboration.
  • We value flexibility and work life balance for our team members and offer flexible work hours.
  • We lead positive environmental change and have an impact on our watershed’s health.
  • We offer a generous benefits package, including: health and dental benefits, 3 weeks paid vacation time, and a GRSP matching program (after 1 year of employment).

Ottawa Riverkeeper is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in its staff and programs. To hire a diverse team, we are committed to training employees who may not have all the required formal experience but can explain in their cover letter how they meet the job requirements and are willing to learn necessary skills.

As a dynamic, growing, and well-respected environmental organization, Ottawa Riverkeeper works 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. There are over 300 Waterkeeper organizations working around the world to defend their local river, lake or bay. 

If you require accommodation when navigating the application process, please contact: Julia Ostertag at 

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

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