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Lands Manager

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Lands Manager

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Director of Finance

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. 

Job Purpose

The Lands Manager is responsible for the management of Saulteau First Nations (SFN) Reserve Lands and SFN managed Lands within the SFN Traditional Territory.  This position is responsible for developing a Land Code as per council strategic direction which forms the base for development of land use policies, land designation and lands planning.  The position carries out development assessment including review of proposed land development, rezoning applications, subdivision developments, and community plans.  The Lands Manager oversees all leases on SFN lands and ensures land development plans are in conjunction with the SFN land management vision and strategic initiatives. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Program and Services Administration

  • Develops, negotiates, and processes all development on reserve lands, including processing of land use applications, permits, transfers, mortgages, and allotments for residential, commercial, recreational, and rural use.
  • Develops a Land Code, Land Use Policy, Land Designation, Lands Planning and Zoning bylaws.
  • Acts as lead on the additions to Reserve Process for all TLE lands that are deemed to be included in this process.
  • Leads the ATR (Additions to Reserve) process with ISC and legal counsel.
  • Applies land use policy (once developed) from the Comprehensive Community Plan and interactive mapping to ensure consistency of land use.
  • Reviews and updates the CCP which a community vision document as necessary and uses the information gathered in this process to develop Land Code and amend Land Code and the supporting policy to reflect the community vision.
  • Provides monthly reports to the Chief and Council on land, land use issues, land use appeals and provides recommendations for any policies and procedures.
  • Develops and recommends land use policies and procedures that foster the SFN land management vision and strategic initiatives.
  • Develops and manages departmental annual budget and expenditures.
  • Develops annual department work plan in accordance with funding agreements and in alignment with SFN strategic plan.
  • Develops strategic, short and long terms departmental plans in accordance with the strategic plan and the needs of the department.
  • Researches and writes funding proposals to secure additional funding for the department.

Management of Program Staff

  • Responsible for hiring, supervision and development of Lands staff.
  • Conducts regular performance appraisals with the program team members, providing constructive feedback and direction and maintains respective personnel files.

Other Related Duties

  • Participates in the management team of SFN, attending meetings regularly and bringing forward issues and recommendations for discussion and decision.
  • Engages with the SFN community to understand current needs within the SFN community.
  • Participates as the SFN representative in collaborative partner networks (Peace River Regional District and Indigenous and Northern Affairs).

Required Qualifications and/or Certifications

  • Post-secondary education in Lands Management or significant experience in senior, public sector positions, preferably in a First Nations environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check is required
  • Valid BC Driver’s License 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of community planning, zoning and land use legislation/policies.
  • Knowledge of Land Designation processes, preferably with respect to First Nations Land processes.
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring and natural resources is an asset.
  • Knowledge of SFN community, heritage, culture, social structure, language, and traditions.
  • Ability to maintains high level of confidentiality in the handling of information.
  • Ability to build trust, serve as a positive role model

Work Conditions

  • Work is performed primarily in the office with hours of work set as 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, and part days on Fridays.
  • Travel may be required within SFN community and surrounding community.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.

Salary Range

  • $73,390-$101,920 annually 



Additional Info

  • Position Start Date: Monday, 20 November 2023
  • Position Type: Permanent
  • Expected Hours: Full Time
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