Job Title: Forestry Referral Coordinator
Reports To: TREP Supervisor
Saulteau First Nations Mission
We strive to be the Best Governed Nation, one that is proud, culturally strong, and self-sufficient. As stewards of the land, we will ensure that the best sustainable practices are followed, now and in the future. We remain proudly determined.
The Forestry Referral Coordinator performs a variety of roles to support the Saulteau First Nations (SFN) Treaty Rights & Environmental Protection department, ensuring that land management activities by industry, government, SFN and others are conducted in a sustainable ecologically sound manner. This position engages with Forestry Proponents working within SFN consultation area. A key part of this role is to educate the various Forestry Proponents on how to protect our Treaty Rights and interests and how SFN would like to see them protect the environment while they carry out their business. This department contributes to the betterment of SFN as stewards of the land who are committed to ensuring that sustainable practices are followed.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Input on Proponent, Government and Other Stakeholder Proposals
- Responds to Forestry referrals in a timely manner; manages and mitigates activities that may have potential to impede on treaty rights relating to traditional SFN member use and activities.
- Manages and mitigates natural resource extraction activities that may have potential to impede on treaty rights relating to SFN member traditional activities.
- Reviews proposed projects referred by government, proponents, and others to determine potential project impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat, fish and fish habitat, water, soils, air and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights under the direction of the TREP Supervisor and in accordance with approaches approved by SFN Chief and Council.
- Maintains a good understanding of Treaty 8 Rights held by SFN members and reviews projects to assess potential impacts on SFN members way of life.
- Ensures the TREP Supervisor is apprised of issues and interests affecting SFN members, the Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection Department and/or Chief and Council.
Consultation and Research
- Ensures that approvals are received from the TREP Supervisor prior to submitting responses on behalf of the SFN to referrals from proponents, government, industry, or other stakeholders.
- Consults with Elders, general SFN membership, other staff and Chief and Council for input on responses to referrals prior to submitting a response on behalf of the SFN.
- Ensures adequate research on behalf of the SFN is completed to properly respond to a government, industry, First Nations or other stakeholder’s request for input.
- Ensures that a plan for upgrading and training is reviewed annually with the TREP Supervisor and that strategies to complete the upgrading and training are implemented, tracked and reported.
- Ensures that all on-site safety procedures required by proponents, government or other stakeholders are complied with.
- Ensures that he/she only undertakes work for which he/she has been properly trained and qualified and/or certified for.
Correspondence, Reports and Program Records
- Maintains a daily diary of projects worked on, a log of communications with proponents and government; and provides copies of correspondence and meeting minutes to the Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection Executive Assistant for filing.
- Prepares a monthly summary of activities, achievements, commitments, and issues to be addressed.
- Assists in arranging meetings with proponents, making travel arrangements and preparing business expense claims, invoices and relevant forms for signature by authorized personnel.
- Utilizes other computer software to complete and compile documents and reports as required and maintaining competency with respect to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and any other programs required to perform the work.
- Maintains effective record keeping procedures in a timely manner in collaboration with other staff and consistent with contracts, stakeholders, funding sources, and maintains security and confidentiality of all information.
Other Related Duties
- Participates actively as a SFN representative in collaborative partner networks and in related community activities.
- Participate in all SFN sponsored community events as required.
Required Qualifications and Certifications
- Minimum of a professional diploma, preference to a degree in resource management, fish and wildlife, mining, forestry, and/or other related resource management field.
- Minimum of two years field experience working in a related resource management discipline.
- Experience maintaining an effective safety program is an asset
- Valid BC Driver’s License
- Provision of a Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector is required
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of Treaty Rights and Traditional Land Use Studies
- Culturally aware of Treaty Rights and core values of First Nations governance
- Knowledge of safety legislation and best practices
- Ability to exercise moral judgment in the handling of confidential information
- Ability to work with Proponents, Government, and other stakeholders and to influence and/or re-direct as necessary
- Ability to prioritize as well as be adaptable to changing priorities as necessary
- Ability to solve problems, make effective decisions, and resolve conflicts
- Work is performed primarily during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.
- Travel may be required from time to time, depending on the location of the engagement.
- Enters data into a computer or other keyboard device requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand-eye movement.
- Walking and hiking in rugged terrain or remote areas for field visits and site verification or training as required.