Tlicho Government
March 12, 2019
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Culture and Lands Protection
Northwest Territories



The purpose of the Wildlife/Fisheries Biologist position is to provide advice to Tłı̨chǫ Government on matters relating to wildlife, wildlife habitat, fish and fish habitat. The Wildlife/ Fisheries Biologist will review, analyse and develop recommendations that will provide a basis for wildlife management and environmental management policies and decisions in the Mǫwhı Gogha Dè Nįįtłèè region on species of importance to the Tłı̨chǫ. The position will also be responsible for developing and administering programs relating to wildlife, wildlife habitat, fish and fish habitat monitoring and management within Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè. The incumbent is also the expert on impacts of development on wildlife, wildlife habitat, fish and fish habitat in the Mǫwhı Gogha Dè Nįįtłèè region – including the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road.


  • Provides advice to ensure that wildlife use is ecologically sustainable, and that wildlife abundance and diversity is maintained by:
    1. Identifying conservation problems and gaps in information and knowledge;
    2. Making recommendations on resolving conservation problems and closing information and knowledge gaps;
    3. Preparing proposals for research and management projects;
    4. Providing advice on the initiation, expansion or termination of studies; reviewing local, regional and other agency requests and proposals;
    5. Reviewing and studying scientific literature, and developing professional contacts to maintain proficiency;
    6. Reviewing local and traditional knowledge and incorporating it into research planning and analysis; and,
    7. Attending local, regional, territorial, national, and international conferences and meetings as required to present Departmental wildlife strategies and research results.
    8. Providing technical advice to Tłı̨chǫ Government in all areas of wildlife, including fish and species at risk, management, research and monitoring, including the promotion of the most effective and appropriate methodologies;
    9. Assisting in the development of management plans and proposals consistent with the obligations in the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement; and
  • Assesses effects of the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road and other developments in the Mǫwhı Gogha Dè Nįįtłèè region on wildlife and wildlife habitat and provides expert advice for adaptive management and future environmental assessments by:
    1. Supporting the development and implementation of a Wildlife Effects Monitoring Program, for development in the region, this includes leading and conducting field work required to assess the impacts of development on wildlife and wildlife habitat;
    2. Collecting and analyzing data and reporting on results of programs;
    3. Developing and implementing tools/programs to assess, monitor and mitigate the impacts of the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road construction activities on wildlife, wildlife habitats, fish and fish habitats; and
    4. Writing and publishing progress reports and peer-reviewed journal publications; ensuring research projects use the most effective techniques available;
  • Develops partnerships with other agencies, universities, industry, and others to conduct wildlife habitat research by:
    1. Designing innovative techniques, sampling protocols and equipment to meet study needs;
    2. Designing and conducting surveys to define wildlife populations and determine their size, trend, and demographic parameters;
    3. Designing and conducting professionally credible surveys to monitor distribution, survival and behaviour using humane techniques;
    4. Undertaking ecological and habitat research and monitoring necessary to support environmental impact and cumulative effects assessments;
    5. Writing and publishing progress reports and peer-reviewed journal publications; ensuring research projects use the most effective techniques available; and
  • Provides ecological advice to the Tłı̨chǫ Government, outside agencies, and Tłı̨chǫ Citizens on conservation, environmental impact and management concerns by:
    1. Participating in recovery teams for endangered species conservation;
    2. Participating in ecological value assessments of proposed protected areas;
    3. Evaluating and interpreting the results of studies by other agencies and determining the applicability of information, techniques, and practices of such;
    4. Participating in environmental impact screenings and reviews;
    5. Participating in public hearing processes relevant to the mandate of the Tłı̨chǫ Government;
    6. Assisting in the development of a list of scientific research priorities consistent with the needs of the Tłı̨chǫ Government;
    7. Meeting with boards and agencies on technical issues and briefings;
    8. Meeting or corresponding with representatives of industry, government agencies, academics, consulting firms and with private individuals to discuss problems and proposed studies; and
    9. Meeting frequently with community members and elders to discuss issues of mutual concern.Performs other duties as requested and directed.
  • Performs other duties as requested and directed.


  • Post-secondary or Graduate Degree in one of the natural science disciplines - biology, wildlife biology, fish biology, ecology, wildlife management, environmental studies, environmental science or resource management, minimum of three years of work experience, preferably with northern field work, and two years’ experience working with indigenous multi-stakeholder groups, environmental assessment, and/or wildlife habitat management is required
  • Knowledge of environmental processes that determine the distribution and abundance of terrestrial organisms;
  • Knowledge of concepts of wildlife population dynamics and wildlife habitat management, including study design, field and quantitative techniques;
  • Understanding of cross-cultural differences, as well as northern conservation and resource development and management issues;
  • Familiarity with the Tłı̨chǫ language, culture and way of life.
  • Field experience in a northern environment is required;
  • Experience with research proposal preparation, estimation of study costs and administration of study budgets;
  • Experience using GIS systems;
  • Ability to operate specialized scientific equipment;
  • Ability to assist in the delivery of conservation and education programs;
  • Ability to exhibit sound judgment;
  • Proven analytical and research skills;
  • Proven ability to design monitoring programs with standardized protocols;
  • Proven experience supervising and motivating staff;
  • Proven ability to estimate program costs and administer budget;
  • Strong writing and editorial skills and excellent command of the English language;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong oral communication skills and a proven ability to express ideas;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, spreadsheet, and databases programs;
  • Valid firearm license and ability to safely handle firearms is an asset;

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Tłı̨chǫ Government Structure

The Tłı̨chǫ Government has powers to pass and enforce a wide range of its own laws. The Tłı̨chǫ Government can own resources, receive tax revenues and protect resources. The focus of the Tłı̨chǫ Government is the protection of the Tłı̨chǫ language and culture, heritage and wildlife. The Tłı̨chǫ people also have their own Constitution. The Constitution sets out the rights and freedoms of Tłı̨chǫ citizens and provides the rules for the election of the Tłı̨chǫ Government and for keeping the Government accountable. The Tłı̨chǫ Governing Structure is made up of three parts:

1. Annual Gathering
An Annual Gathering is held on a rotation basis in each Tłı̨chǫ community. The purpose of the Annual Gathering is to bring people together to share in the social, political and cultural activities of the Tłı̨chǫ. Among other things, the following matters shall be attended to at the Annual Gathering:
. an open forum shall be held where Tłı̨chǫ Citizens may ask questions, make recommendations and provide broad policy directions to the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly;
. nominations for the Grand Chief shall be announced in the year of an election;
. annual reports including financial reports on the activities of Tłı̨chǫ Government and its institutions shall be presented;
. debate, consideration and approval of proposed amendments to the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement or to the Constitution; and
. consider approval of motions from the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly.

2. Tłı̨chǫ Assembly
The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly is made up of a Grand Chief elected by Tłįchǫ citizens, a Chief from each of the four Tłı̨chǫ Community Governments and two representatives of each Tłı̨chǫ community. These members are elected by the residents of their community. The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly sits at least four times per year in one of the four communities. The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly is the law making body for the Tłı̨chǫ Government.

3. Chief's Executive Council
The Chief's Executive Council is made up of a Grand Chief elected by Tłı̨chǫ citizens, and a Chief from each of the four Tłı̨chǫ Community Governments. The Chief's Executive Council oversees the Implementation of Tłı̨chǫ Laws