North Slave Métis Alliance is an Indigenous organization that represents s.35 Aboriginal rights-bearing indigenous Métis people of the Great Slave Lake area. Our mandate includes the protection of our members’ Aboriginal rights, environment, and cultural heritage.
The Environment Manager will have three primary roles: 1. To support and supervise the Environment Department staff; 2. To liaise between the Board of Directors and the Environment Department staff, and 3. To act as NSMA’s lead representative in our various Crown and industry consultation processes.
We are looking for an enthusiastic leader who is organized, team-oriented, and has a broad comprehension of issues that northern Indigenous people are facing today.
With your background in management, negotiation, and policy analysis, you will be involved in many facets of land and environmental governance in the NWT, including legal reviews, s.35 consultations, negotiations, wildlife management, environmental assessment, language and culture protection, and various related engagement activities.
- Supervise and support the staff in the Environment Department
- Report the departmental activities to and receive directions from the Board of Directors
- Receive, review and organize Crown consultation materials
- Work with internal and external team members to formulate and execute organizational strategies and plans
- Work with external partners, including governments, industry, and other Indigenous organizations in environmental co-management
- Using appropriate technologies and approaches, improve communication and engagement with members and external industry/government/research partners
- Organize events and consultation meetings for members
- Lead and project-manage research and technical audits on the environmental impact of projects, analyze data and perform quality control checks
- Financial management of the department
- Support fieldwork, including visiting mine/contaminated sites, community on-the-land trips, and environmental monitoring programs, where needed
- Other duties as required by the Board of Directors
- Have an understanding and awareness about the histories and contemporary challenges of Indigenous peoples in Canada
- Management experience
- Excellent and proven organizational and communication (written and verbal) skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in conflict resolution (with governments, stakeholders, Indigenous communities, industry)
- Demonstrated ability to comprehend and critically analyze scientific and technical documents
- Familiarity with quality assurance, documentation, environmental rules, regulations, and best practices
- Strong time management and priority-setting skills
- Experience with funding/grant applications, budget management, and financial reporting
- Fieldwork experience (environment, geography, anthropology, biology)
- Advanced MS Office skills
- Physical fitness to participate in site-visits and on-the-land activities
- Must be able to fly in small aircraft and helicopters
- A minimum of Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant work experience
- Class 5 driver’s license
Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Masters or doctoral degree in biology, environmental science, geography, environmental anthropology, or similar discipline
- Understanding of and experience in the natural resource management regime in the NWT
- Understanding of the nature of Aboriginal rights in Canada and ongoing land claim negotiations in the NWT
- Experience working with Indigenous communities and governments
- Possession and Acquisition License (PAL)
- Pleasure Craft License
- Love for the outdoors – passion for protecting the environment and desire to be out on the land
At NSMA’s discretion, we will give additional considerations to applicants of Indigenous descent.