Ocean Wise Conservation Association
The Teck Connections Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium, where Ocean Wise is located

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Ocean Wise Conservation Association was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Is the founder of the 'Ocean Wise Seafood' program, which works tirelessly with more than 700 partners in Canada to recommend ocean-friendly seafood choices to ensure that "ocean life will be abundant for generations to come" -- is also a founding partner of the longstanding 'Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup', a national conservation initiative that "encourages people to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time" -- employees also host their own monthly in-house lunch hour clean-ups along the shores of Stanley Park
  • Ocean Wise Conservation Association's head office at the Vancouver Aquarium is the first zoo or aquarium building in the world to achieve LEED Gold status -- the building boasts many unique green features, including the collection of rainwater for its irrigation and toilet systems, planting native foliage for landscaping, and the use of seawater to help regulate building temperatures
Ocean Wise employees volunteering to clean debris from British Columbia's West Coast trail


Industry Aquatic Conservation Advocacy
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 262
Employee green team Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Sustainability Manager (reporting to the Senior Vice President, Business and CFO)
Green highlights Ocean Wise (in-house sustainable seafood program, collaborates with many other community initiatives such as the Hua Foundation, Chefs for Oceans, and many others), Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (partnership with Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund), BC Cetacean Sightings Network (volunteer network active for over 15 years)
Extended recycling organics, e-waste, light bulbs, cooking oils, furniture, metal, motor oil, pallets, soft plastic film, styrofoam and rigid plastics, latex gloves, writing instruments, ceramic dishware, food services use compostable utensils and dishware (has achieved an overall 74% waste diversion rate)
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Ocean Watch (partnership with Squamish First Nation the David Suzuki Society), Bike to Work Week, Amphibian Ark (international initiative to save as many amphibian species as possible), the in-house Backyard Shoreline Cleanup Program (employees spend a lunch hour every month for shoreline clean-up in their Stanley Park backyard)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, electric vehicle charging stations, rainwater is used for toilet flushing, seawater is used for temperature control in buildings, landscaping grounds with native plant species only, change rooms and showers for bicycle commuters (bike repair kit also available), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Ocean Wise Conservation Association has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
An Ocean Wise employee on the recovery team releases tadpoles of the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog back into the wild

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Aquatic Conservation Advocacy
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

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