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Referral Technician - Forestry

Referral Technician-Forestry

Reports To: Director of Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection

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 Resource Technician - Forestry 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

  • 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 Director of Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection 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 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.

Consultation and Research

  • Ensures that approvals are received from the Director of Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection 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 Director of Treaty Rights and Environmental Protection 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.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of a professional diploma, preference to a degree in resource management, fish and wildlife, forestry and/or other related resource management field.
  • Minimum of two years field experience working in a resource management discipline.
  • Knowledge of Treaty Rights and Traditional Land Use Studies.
  • Culturally aware of Treaty Rights and FN governance.
  • Experience maintaining an effective safety program is an asset.
  • Ability to work with Proponents, Government and other stakeholders to influence and/or re-direct as necessary.
  • Ability to prioritize as well as be adaptable to changing priorities as necessary.
  • Up to date knowledge of safety legislation and best practices.
  • Ability to solve problems, make effective decisions, and resolve conflicts.
  • Must possess a high level of moral judgment for handling confidential information.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License, a positive role model and the ability to pass a Criminal Records Check.


Work Conditions

  • 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.
  • Enter data into a computer terminal, PC, 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.

 Additional Information

  • SFN remuneration includes a group benefits package including a pension plan for Full-time Permanent Positions.
  • For consideration, interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume with three references.
  • Preference will be given to persons of Aboriginal ancestry in the event of equal qualifications.
  • We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Please note other requirements of this position: Criminal Record CheckValid Drivers LicenseOath of Confidentiality
  • Position will be posted online until suitable applicant is selected.

If interested, please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


The requirements and responsibilities contained in this job posting do not create a contract of employment and are not meant to be all-inclusive.  They may be changed at the discretion of the employer.


Additional Info

  • Application Cut Off Date: Monday, 01 February 2021
  • Position Start Date: Monday, 08 February 2021
  • Position Type: Permanent
  • Expected Hours: Full Time
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