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Job Postings

  • Job Description

    The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. We are based in Port McNeill, on northeastern Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the Territory of the Kwakwala-speaking People. For more information about MERS’ research, education, and wildlife response efforts, see

    The Marine Educator is essential to achieving MERS’ educational objectives for marine conservation and boater safety in British Columbia. They will be immersed in educating about the natural history and threats to the marine mammals and other marine species of interest ( ie. Mola species, Sunflower Stars, and Leatherback Turtles) off Canada’s Pacific coast.

    The tasks and responsibilities of the Marine Educator include:
    - Targeted boater education to increase awareness of threats to whales and how to mitigate them and avoid the risk of boater injury through collision and entanglement.
    - Community building and education at events and “Dock Talk” outreach.
    - Educating the high volume of boaters and other visitors to the MERS office about the marine wildlife of the area, the threats to their populations, and how these threats can be reduced.
    - Liaising with residents of northern Vancouver Island and the local marine ecotourism community to solicit data and provide resources and information allowing for the amplification of education/conservation efforts.
    - Assisting with development of educational campaigns, materials, and further messaging for the reduction of threats.
    - Supporting MERS social media.
    - Liaising with other members of the MERS Team to ensure information presented to the public is current and therefore more compelling e.g. relaying the latest MERS research.
    - Processing retail and donation transactions that help support MERS’ efforts.
    - Supporting fieldwork as needed.
    - Other office-based work and support as needed, including office and store maintenance.

    Skills & Qualification

    Successful candidates: 

    • Are 30 years or younger (funding requirement).
    • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (funding requirement). 
    • Have graduated from or are undertaking post-secondary education in scientific or education fields; especially biology, environmental science, resource management, science communications, teaching, or environmental education.
    • Have demonstrable knowledge of the biology and ecology of marine mammals in British Columbia. 
    • Have proven, successful experience with public outreach and science communication.
    • Have strong computer skills. 
    • Have proven dedication to reducing impacts to the environment. 
    • Work well independently or in a small team with minimal supervision and have exceptional organizational skills. 
    • Must be willing to reside in Port McNeill for the duration of the work term.

    Additional assets: 

    • Have successfully completed, or willing to take, a MERS Marine Mammal Naturalist Course.
    • Experience with video/photo editing and graphic design programs.
    • Experience with educational resource development and/or marketing.
    • Experience with successful social media and science communications campaigns.      
    • Access to a vehicle for outreach events; mileage will be compensated.

    Hiring priorities:
    The Marine Education and Research Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Priority will be given to those candidates who have the necessary qualifications and self-identify as belonging to underrepresented groups e.g. BIPOC youth, women in STEM, and youth with disabilities.

    Salary: $20.00/hour

    Work term:  15 week contract at 37.5 hours/week with anticipated start dates of May 21, 2024*. Successful applicants will be required to attend the Marine Mammal Naturalist Course in Campbell River (May 24-27).

    Application deadline: March 10, 2024 at 11:45 PM PDT

    Application: Complete the application form at and include:

    1. A resume with 3 references (name, position and email address) with a minimum of 2 references being employment contacts, and 
    2. A cover letter.

    Selection procedure:  

    1. Written interview: Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Friday, March 15, 2024 to complete a written interview. Applicants who are not shortlisted for a written interview will not be contacted.
    2. Online interview via Zoom: A further selection will be made based on the results of the written interview and those shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Wednesday, March 20, 2024 for an online interview.

    *This position, start date, and duration are pending approval of funding. 

  • Job Description

    MERS is recruiting up to two volunteers to join our Board of Directors.

    MERS is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and all aspects of our work. We welcome applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented and underserved groups.

    Board Member Responsibilities:
    ● Provide leadership to MERS and help with the ongoing development and implementation of our strategic direction
    ● Provide oversight in regards to our established mission, vision and values
    ● Provide governance and ensure MERS and its board adhere to by-laws
    ● Participate in monthly board meetings (via teleconference)
    ● Assist the organization in further attracting the expertise, funding and resources needed for MERS to better achieve its goals
    ● Initiate and participate in fundraising initiatives
    ● Help to promote our organization and our work
    ● Participate in annual or bi-annual 3-day strategic planning board retreats

    Skills & Qualification

    MERS is currently seeking candidates with the following skills and expertise:

    • Fundraising
    • Governance and Charitable Law
    • Marketing, Communications and PR
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Other Qualifications:
    Successful applicants should have:

    • Experience in and commitment to environmental issues;
    • Fundraising experience and knowledge; and
    • Experience on not-for-profit Boards is an asset.
    • A minimum two-year commitment is requested of all Board Members.

    How to Apply :
    Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role to The application process will remain open until positions are filled.
    We thank all applicants for your interest. Only those who will be invited for an interview will be contacted. Thank you!

Get involved with MERS

We expand our reach through building our community. Join us! There are many ways you can get involved. Participate in events. Help educate. Become a donor. Contribute data. Use the Whale Warning Flag and model best boating practices around the whales. Sponsor a Humpback Whale. Purchase sustainable goods from the Ocean Store.

Join us to help the whales, and the ocean they depend on.

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