Photo: Caroline FosterPublic Engagement Coordinator


Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is seeking applications to fill the role of Public Engagement Coordinator (note this is not a summer student position but ongoing staff position)

The Strait of Georgia is home to over 3000 species including the world’s largest octopus, 100 year-old rockfish, vast schools of herring and salmon, millions of birds, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales. However, the region that is an inspiration for millions of people who live here is under increasing pressure from urban expansion, pollution, and habitat destruction, and the impacts of growing use of these waters has resulted in many species being under threat. The fact that there are now 125 marine species at-risk in the region indicates that the ecosystem is in increasing trouble –meaning that we are all in trouble, as wildlife such as killer whales, salmon, basking sharks and shorebirds are indicators of the health of the planet and the future of all species, including humans.

Georgia Strait Alliance is continuing its role as a leader in advocating for better protection of species at risk in the Salish Sea, including the iconic Southern Resident killer whales, and advocating for marine planning and protection of this unique and threatened ecosystem. We also address and work to mitigate threats such as from an increase in marine traffic and inadequate spill response. In addition, we lead programs that put solutions in place, working with the regional boating community to lessen their impacts on our waters. All this work is made more effective and impactful through connecting the public to all that is special about this region, and providing them with the information and opportunities to be a part of protecting this region where 75% of British Columbians live, work and play,

We are looking to hire just the right person to work with the GSA team as our Public Engagement Coordinator, and lead education and outreach, in person and online. This is a .8 staff position (with a 3 month probationary period) with a salary of $31,970 for 30 hrs per week, depending on experience, plus benefits and holidays.


Victoria area

Start date

Late May 2019

The Public Engagement Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Building on our decades of successful outreach and education efforts, working with the Executive Director and program teams, support the development of a revitalized engagement and education program and begin implementation
  • Working with Communications Associate, develop and implement activities to better connect with communities around the region about the Salish Sea and its ecological value. This includes developing and creating material to be used at in person events, as well as digital tools to support in-person activities
  • Oversee summer student, who will be delivering outreach programming, including developing outreach material and doing research, as needed
  • Lead the implementation of our organizational social media strategy, and support the efforts of program staff
  • Lead the event planning for our annual Water’s Edge Day Celebration (fall 2019) and Ocean Film Festival (June 2020)
  • Support the integration and implementation of GSA’s equity, diversity and inclusion goals

What skills you should have:

  • You enjoy creating and implementing outreach programs and you’ve done it before
  • You enjoy leading and managing outreach events and have successfully done that before.
  • You love speaking to people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and communities, and sharing information about this beautiful region
  • You love to write and are good at sharing ideas and those stories are engaging.
  • You enjoy talking to people and inspiring them to play a part in protecting this region.
  • You enjoy giving public presentations
  • You love being on social media (FB, Twitter and Instagram), are intrigued by the strategic use of these platforms, and have led social media campaigns for work or as a volunteer
  • You enjoy being a mentor, and have experience sharing your knowledge with colleagues and those you supervise
  • Computers/smart phones are your good friend and you’re comfortable with the latest technology
  • You’re comfortable with online/digital platforms and like learning new ways of telling stories online
  • You’re self motivated and are comfortable working on your own but you enjoy working with colleagues within your organization and other groups.
  • You are a good planner and you can track your time and work progress well
  • You love riding ferries around the Georgia Strait region, including the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

It would also be great – but not a deal breaker – if you had some experience in grassroots organizing and knowledge of the local marine environment.

Georgia Strait Alliance is strongly committed to equality and diversity and to being a welcoming
and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible
minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and
genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse


We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until the right candidate is found. Please email your cover letter indicating how you would be the best person for this position, along with your resume and references to Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Please – no phone calls.

Please use this filename standard for your attachments: PEC[your last name]_[your first initial]_[cover letter or resume or references or all]. For example, Joe Smith will attach his resume with the filename: PEC_smith_j_resume.pdf, if he includes all his documents into one it will be MP_smith_j_all.pdf. Thank you.