Job Opportunity: Coastal Stewardship Network Director

July 27, 2017 (All day)
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Are you looking for a unique and exciting challenge? Want to help implement ecologically, socially and economically sustainable resource management approaches on the Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii?

Come work for Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative (CFN-GBI) as the new full-time Coastal Stewardship Network Director!

Working at the CFN-GBI head office in Vancouver, the Director will help deliver all Coastal Stewardship Network programs, and plan and implement projects that enhance terrestrial and marine resources, and foster economic development and management. Reporting to the CFN-GBI General Manager, the Director will work closely with the Senior Policy Advisor, and liaise with Stewardship Directors and related committees and boards.

The Opportunity:
The Coastal Stewardship Network Director will work closely with the General Manager, Senior Policy Advisor and liaise with Stewardship Directors within the Coastal First Nations as well as related committees and boards.

Specific responsibilities include:

Prepare, Implement, Monitor and Report on Management Plans

  • Work closely with member First Nation communities, First Nations Stewardship Directors and First Nation
    committees and boards, including providing meeting coordination support
  • Develop project, program or initiative work plans and terms of reference
  • Assist in developing plan(s) related to socio-economic opportunities
  • Assist in developing, coordinating and participating with Planning Teams
  • Coordinate the collection of data and research required for marine, land and other relevant management
    plans, and monitoring, and incorporate into regional information databases
  • Analyze environmental data, report on current trends and develop adaptive management plans
  • Travel regularly to member First Nation communities
  • Advise on regulatory and permitting requirements associated with key management/work plans, and agreed upon activities

Provide Community Support and Technical Advisory Services

  • Provide technical support and advisory services on management, stewardship and guidance regarding the
    industry sectors
  • Analyze and advise on current situation, trends and developments in natural resources tenure, particularly in regards to its role in sustainable development, forest management and impacts to First Nations
  • Provide technical support and expertise to Coastal communities regarding day-to-day and ad hoc requests for lands and resource information, project impacts, and technical information analysis
  • Provide training/outreach on environmental science, environmental monitoring, habitats, ecosystem health, land and resource management, GIS/GPS, and land use planning
  • Support First Nation community members, youth, and Coastal staff in environment or lands and resource
    capacity building


  • Assist with the development and delivery of CFN-GBI Coastal Stewardship Network programs
  • Assist with preparation of general correspondence and reports as required
  • Attend and facilitate meetings as requested and required
  • Assist with the preparation of proposals and funding applications for various environmental programs or
    projects as required
  • Assist with the development and delivery of training initiatives
  • Adhere to the Coastal Quality Management System requirements and participate in the maintenance and
    advancement of department standards
  • Support CFN-GBI staff, environmental programs and the Coastal First Nation communities
  • Travel to road-access or remote (air accessible) First Nation communities as required
  • Additional related duties as requested or required


  • Degree in Natural Resource Management or related field
  • At least five years of relevant experience in Natural Resource or related management and development including work in land and natural resource tenure for First Nations
  • Experience with management plans from preparation, negotiation, implementation, monitoring and reporting
  • Experience with strategic planning processes
  • Excellent business writing skills including project proposal writing, developing business cases, reporting writing
  • Experience with funding applications and an understanding of the various systems and programs that provide funding support to First Nations and the Resource sector
  • Financial literacy including financial analysis, budget preparation and budget management
  • Project management experience with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with competing
  • Excellent customer relations skills with the proven ability to build and maintain lasting relationships internally and externally with members and key business partners
  • Solid technical skills; experience with GPS and GIS (ESRI ArcGIS) considered an asset
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of collecting, analyzing and reporting data, especially
    environmental and/or natural resource data
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within First Nations communities and organizations and knowledge of First Nations governments, culture, traditions and lifestyles
  • Group facilitation, team building, public speaking and training experience would be an asset
  • Commitment to continuous learning with proven ability to keep up with regulatory and permitting
  • Ability to develop and maintain a high degree of credibility with member First Nations and key business
  • Personal attributes of integrity, professionalism and dedication to the mission of the CFN-GBI

Working Conditions

  • Will be required to travel to First Nation communities, remote coastal communities, wilderness, (lakes/rivers, wetlands, heavily forested areas) as required to perform the roles and responsibilities associated with the position
  • A valid BC Drivers License and access to vehicle is required
  • Willingness to attend and conduct presentations on behalf of the organization

CFN-GBI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, an engaging work environment, and excellent career
advancement opportunities. Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of Linda Heep HR Consulting Services at by Friday, August 25, 2017.