Oil and Gas Referral Coordinator
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 Oil and Gas Referral Coordinator supports the Saulteau First Nations (SFN) Treaty Rights & Environmental Protection department, ensuring that oil and gas activities by industry, government, SFN and others are conducted in a sustainable ecologically sound manner. This position ensures proposed projects and operations are planned and implemented with respect to and in the best interests of SFN Members’ Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. 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 Oil and Gas 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.
- Reviews proposed projects referred by government, proponents and others to determine potential impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat, fish and fish habitat, water, soils, air, vegetation or medicinal plants and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights under the direction of the Director of Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection.
- Maintains a good understanding of Treaty 8 Rights held by SFN members and reviews projects to assess potential impacts on SFN members traditional and cultural activities.
- Ensures that the Director of Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection is apprised of issues and interests affecting SFN members, the Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection Department and/or Chief and Council.
- Retains and collaborates with Professional technical consultants to assist in reviewing major projects.
- Applies knowledge and understanding of Crown land tenure disposition parcels and referrals in communications with Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
- Applies knowledge and understanding to work with the Provincial Environmental Assessment Office and Federal Canadian Energy Regulator on major oil & gas projects.
Consultation and Research
- Meets with the Oil and Gas Commission to identify concerns and comments about O/G activities on the Saulteau area of interest and any treaty rights.
- Responds on behalf of the SFN to referrals from government, industry proponents or other stakeholders.
- Consults with Elders, other staff and Chief and Council for input on responses to complex referrals prior to submitting a response on behalf of the SFN.
- Ensures adequate research is completed to properly respond to government, industry, First Nations or other stakeholder’s request for input.
Correspondence, Reports and Program Records
- Maintains a 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, commitments, and ongoing issues.
- 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 QUIS, Filezilla, 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, including the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
- Plans field visits with SFN members.
- Participates 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, Abilities and Skills
- Knowledge of Treaty Rights, Traditional Land Use Studies, and Oil and Gas industry and regulations
- Knowledge of EAO, CER and MEMPR regulatory processes
- Knowledge of 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. two days per week
- Travel may be required within surrounding community.
- Enters data into a computer or other keyboard device requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand-eye movement.
- Remains in a sitting position for extended periods of time.
- Walking and hiking in rugged terrain or remote areas for field visits and site verification or training as required.
- $30.00 to $41.60 per hour depending on qualifications and experience