Photo by Orange Coat Photography.

Photo by Orange Coat Photography.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 3rd. Applications can be submitted below or sent to mandy@thestarfish.ca.

What is The Starfish Canada?

The Starfish Canada celebrates and amplifies environmental, solutions-based stories across the nation, with a focus on youth-based initiatives. Since 2010, we have inspired young Canadians to take leadership roles in their communities and to celebrate their peers contributing in the environmentalism movement.

Writing for The Starfish Canada is an exciting opportunity to be involved with providing insightful information to our online community of youth and young adults. With flexible writing schedules and mentorship through the writing and editing process, this volunteer position provides the ability to improve how you communicate technical science and policy work to broader audiences.

Position: Writer 

Work Term: May-October 2016 with opportunity for renewal.

Supervisors: An editor and one member of The Starfish Canada Editorial Board.

Hours of Work: Approximately 3-5 hours per month.

Description: Writers are the backbone of our online forum as they provide telling, creative articles for our national audience of environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts. By providing thought-provoking stories, writers will be able to engage readers while increasing their writing portfolio with the guidance of trained Editors.

All correspondence is conducted online and writers do not need to be in proximity to Hamilton or Vancouver to apply. A writing package and online training will be given to all new writers to assist in the creative process.


  • Communicate with Editors via e-mail or online messaging and to respond to messages in a prompt manner;

  • As necessary, follow leads given by Editors by conducting interviews with sustainability personnel and accumulating primary data from interviewees;

  • Contribute short or long form articles to the website once every (3) weeks;

  • Promote contributed posts via social networking sites as they as posted.

Application Instructions:

To apply, we ask for an article submission by the applicant. Articles should:

  • Be tailored to a specific and timely news story (ideally focus on youth environmentalism, or an aspect of environmental work that interests a youth/young adult audience);

  • Include used sources through hyperlinks or a references list;

  • Be no shorter than 500 words in length and can be either short or long form;

  • Encourage readers to make a difference to their local community.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within one week.

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